Circle Housing’s tenancy fraud work showcased in BBC One series

Summary

A frontline housing officer’s work to tackle housing fraud in Camden will feature (w/c 30 May) in a new BBC One series, Council House Crackdown.

Sherene Horne, a Customer Services Manager who is part of Circle Housing Circle 33’s neighbourhood team, was followed by a Shine TV crew earlier in the year as she fought to rescue housing association properties in the borough that were being sublet unlawfully.

The second series of Council House Crackdown follows local authority and housing association Housing Fraud Investigation teams across the country as they crack down on council house fraud.

Jackie Fearon, Head of Housing for Circle Housing Circle 33 said: “We take tenancy fraud extremely seriously - with the help of other agencies, we are working tirelessly to combat this crime.

“Affordable housing is in short supply so it is vital that all of our homes are let to those in the most need. Recovering these properties means that homes go to those entitled to them – enabling families to put down roots and enjoy a better quality of life.”

Over the past three years, Circle Housing Circle 33 has recovered over 200 homes as a result of its ongoing crackdown.

Under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013, tenancy fraud is now a criminal offence that can lead to a two-year prison sentence and unlimited fine.

Council House Crackdown is on BBC One every morning at 9.15am until Friday 3rd of June. The series is produced by Shine TV, part of Endemol Shine Group.