Last updated: 15 December 2021
Tenancy fraud costs councils approximately £900 million per year, with each unlawfully sublet council or social housing property having a cost to the Council of around £58,000.
The tenancy checking system will allow letting agents and prospective tenants to verify whether a property is owned by the local authority or registered social landlords.
This will help to protect tenants, who are at risk of from eviction even if they inadvertently sublet a council or social housing property. It will protect letting agents where previously they were at risk of inadvertently offering for rent a council or social housing property. It will also highlight any unlicensed properties within the borough being offered for rent.