The Tenancy Fraud Forum, which is supported by Housing Minister Grant Shapps, is 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 Fraud Forum”.
The aim of the Forum is to establish regional groups as well as annual conferences with topical speakers who are experts in the area.