Fraud and prosecutions, Housing

Housing tenant guilty of illegal subletting

A Norwood man’s been found guilty of illegally subletting a housing association property, under new legislation brought in last year to tackle tenancy fraud.

Owen Simms, 51, of Gypsy Hill, Norwood was the sole tenant at the property since 1996.
In March 2014 he sublet the property, giving the impression to the subtenant that the property was privately owned. Within a few days of moving in, the subtenant was made aware that the property was in fact rented from AmicusHorizon housing association and contacted them.
The allegation was passed to Lambeth council’s fraud team for investigation.

Simms was prosecuted in his absence on 18 November at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court. He was fined £1,100 and ordered to pay costs of £500.

AmicusHorizon are now in the process of taking legal action to recover the property from Simms.

AmicusHorizon and Lambeth council work in partnership to tackle tenancy fraud and will always seek the most appropriate action where this is found.

Please report any suspicions of tenancy fraud to Lambeth Council on 0207 926 1111



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