Council evicts household after uncovering tenancy fraud

Southover House, Lewes District Council. ENGSUS00120121017130721
Southover House, Lewes District Council. ENGSUS00120121017130721

Lewes District Council has evicted a household from a three-bedroom house in Ditchling following an investigation that established the tenant had not been living at the property for over eighteen months.

The Council’s Investigations Team conducted a detailed investigation that confirmed the tenant was living in Eastbourne, despite claiming to live in Ditchling.

Once it became clear that the tenant was not living in the property, the council took the appropriate legal action to recover the property, which has been reallocated to a new tenant on the housing register.

Councillor Ron Maskell, Lead Member for Housing at Lewes District Council, said: “Lewes District Council does not tolerate tenancy fraud. There isn’t enough social housing to meet the needs of people who genuinely need it, so it is essential we make the best use of the housing that is available by making sure it is occupied by those who are legally entitled to do so.”

In this particular case, the matter was brought before Lewes County Court and the judge granted the Council a 14-day possession order. The tenant was subsequently evicted by the County Court Bailiff.

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