Weaver Vale Housing Trust is trying to prevent tenancy fraud by launching its new campaign, Spot the Cheater.
It has been using various means to promote the campaign via Facebook, and bus shelter and petrol pump advertising, 24dash reports.
The campaign encourages people to report those who they think are committing tenancy fraud. They have been told to alert the Trust if they think people are lying on their housing applications or move out of their Weaver Vale homes and rent it out to others.
This is a serious problem which prevents other families who experience housing difficulties from getting the accommodation they deserve.
Tenancy Management Team Leader Matthew Cox, stated “Tenancy Fraud is not a victimless crime; it reduces the quality of life for honest families who want to get a Weaver Vale home. Not only that, it is also a criminal offence that can carry a sentence of up to two years in prison or a £50,000 fine”.
Many have supported this campaign and in the last 18 months, the Trust has recovered 14 properties that were lost to tenancy fraud. As a result, 14 families in need have been housed.
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