Written Question on Social Rented Housing: Prosecutions

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Date Title Questioner
5 Sep 2017, 9:09 a.m. Sir Christopher Chope MP (Conservative - Christchurch) Sir Christopher Chope MP (Conservative - Christchurch)

Question to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government:

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many prosecutions there have been in England for the illegal sub-letting of local authority or housing association property in the last year for which information is available; and what the largest penalty imposed for such an offence was.

Answered by Alok Sharma - Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The number of defendants proceeded against for offences under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013, by offence, in England, during 2016, can be viewed in the table:

Defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts of offences under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013, England, 2016 (1)(2)

Section of Act

Offence

Total

1(1)

Sub-let or part with possession of a dwelling-house let under a secure tenancy in breach of a term of the tenancy

11

1(2)

Dishonestly sub-let or part with possession of dwelling-house let under secure tenancy in breach of a term of the tenancy

3

2(1)

Sub-let or part with possession of a dwelling-house let under an assured tenancy in breach of a term of the tenancy

4

2(2)

Dishonestly sub-let or part with possession of a dwelling-house let under an assured tenancy in breach of a term of the tenancy

4

All under the Act

22

(1) The figures given in the table relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services - Ministry of Justice.

During that period, the highest fine amounts imposed on offenders found guilty for offences under this Act were £1,500. However, the most serious penalties issued were two suspended sentences.


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