MP backs legislation which hopes to reduce sub-letting

DEARNE MP John Healey has backed a Private Members Bill which aims to crackdown on sub-letting by council tenants.
At a recent committee hearing, the Labour MP gave his support to the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Bill, which aims to free up social housing and tackle unlawful subletting, which is estimated to cost local councils at least £900 million a year.

Speaking at the hearing he said: “The Audit Commission’s estimate of the number of properties in respect of which social landlords have lost control of the allocation is about 50,000. As a minimum, then, for the costs of temporary accommodation local authorities will be out of pocket by about £900 million each year.”
The bill seeks to introduce measures that will see sentences imposed on offenders and improve rights for local authorities to recoup any unlawful profits made.