Own up to tenancy fraud

Own up to tenancy fraud

What tenancy fraud is, how you can end your tenancy and what happens if you don’t.

What tenancy fraud is

Tenancy fraud includes: 

  • giving false information when you apply for a council property
  • subletting a council property, while you live somewhere else
  • giving false information about living in a property while you live somewhere else
  • not telling us that you're no longer occupying a property as your main home
  • giving false information when you apply to inherit a tenancy 
  • giving false information when you apply to buy a council property

What we're doing

In April and May 2019, we’re giving tenants the chance to own up to tenancy fraud.

We won't start legal proceedings against anyone who ends their tenancy during this time.  

How you can end your tenancy 

You won’t need to tell us what type of fraud you’ve been committing, we'll just need to confirm that you're the tenant of the property.

You can tell us:

You’ll need to give us at least one form of identification.

If you don’t end your tenancy 

If you're committing tenancy fraud and you don't voluntarily end your tenancy by 31 May 2019, you may be taken to court.

If we prove that you've committed tenancy fraud you could get:

  • a criminal record
  • a prison sentence 
  • a fine of up to £50,000 
  • an order to repay any money you’ve made from the fraud 
  • evicted from your property. 

Drop in events 

Our drop in events are at:

  • Bristol Community Links (South) 
    Langhill Avenue, Inns Court, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 1TN
    Friday 26 April, Wednesday 15 May, 10.30am to 1pm
  • Greenway Centre
    Doncaster Road, Southmead, Bristol, BS10 5PY 
    Thursday 16 May, 10.30am to 1pm 

Housing association tenants 

We’re working with two housing associations in Bristol:  

If you’re a tenant of United Communities or Solon South West and you’re committing tenancy fraud, you can end your tenancy with them, or let us know.

Why we’re doing this 

Tenancy fraud keeps homes from people who need them most. 

There are:

  • around 500 households living in temporary accommodation in Bristol, this costs the council over one million pounds a year
  • 11,800 families on the housing register looking for long term accommodation  

Tell us about tenancy fraud 

If you think someone you know is committing tenancy fraud, you can report it to us online or by calling 0117 922 2470. 

You won’t have to give us any of your personal details