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Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA)
102 Blackstock Road
London N4 2DR

0300 131 7300

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Questions About Tenancy Fraud


Tackling Tenancy Fraud

Tenancy fraud is where someone who has a Housing Association or Council tenancy unlawfully sublets the whole of their home to someone else without the permission of their landlord. They often continue to pay the rent for the property directly to their landlord, but charge the person they are subletting a much higher rent.  It is estimated that 1 in every 100 Housing Association and Council properties in the UK is illegally sublet

Tenancy Fraud affects all of us.  When someone sublets the whole of their home they are depriving someone in housing need of living in that property.  Housing in London is in short supply and Local Authorities have long lists of applicants who are waiting for new affordable homes and who are often living in short-term private rented accommodation which is often very expensive for the Local Authority and not appropriate for their needs. 

ISHA is tackling tenancy fraud.  Where we identify people who have sublet their homes we will take action in the county courts to repossess the property, we will also refer the matter the Local Authority who may prosecute under the Prevention of Tenancy Fraud Act 2013, which carries a sentence of up to 2 years in prison and fine of up to £5,000 or for more serious cases they may prosecute under the Fraud Act 2006 which carries a  prison sentence of up to 10 years and/or an unlimited fine.

Are you Illegally Subletting Your Home?
If you have illegally sublet your home and are worried about being prosecuted you can hand back your keys and surrender your tenancy to ISHA at 102 Blackstock Road, London N4 2DR. 

Do You Suspect That Someone is Illegally Subletting?
Do you know your neighbours and who the tenant should be in their homes?
Has there been a change of occupants at a neighbouring property?
Do you notice any unusual activity from neighbouring properties?
Have you overheard any mention of the property being sublet?
Does the neighbouring property appear not to be lived in?

If you suspect that someone is illegally subletting their property you can report this to ISHA in confidence and you can be assured that we will not disclose your identity without your consent.

If you would like to report tenancy fraud you can download and complete this Tenancy Fraud Report Form and email it to or send it to 102 Blackstock Road, London N4 2DR

For more information on Tenancy Fraud please contact a Housing Expert on 0300 131 7300 or email

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