The Tenancy Fraud Forum was launched in April 2012 at the DCLG and was supported by the Housing
Minister at that time, Grant Shapps. We are an independent not for profit organisation which has been
established to bring social landlords together to combat tenancy fraud.
Whilst fraud to the public purse is widespread, we recognised the need for a national forum that focuses
solely on tenancy fraud.
Eugene Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Audit Commission said: “Housing
tenancy fraud is not a victimless
crime – it reduces the quality of life for tens thousands of families who are unable to access social housing.
Tenancy fraud affects families on housing waiting lists and cost taxpayers at least £900 million per year. It is essential for social housing providers and local authorities to work together sharing best practice, knowledge
and experience to tackle tenancy fraud and free up homes for those in need. In particular they should make
better use of data matching services, such as the National Fraud Initiative, and take part in the Tenancy
The aim of the Forum is to bring all social landlords together to work collaboratively to combat tenancy fraud, including information sharing, best practice, joint working and the setting up of Regional Groups to identify,
and deal with, tenancy fraud, in all regions of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.