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Barnet Council launches key amnesty
Tenants illegally subletting their homes have the chance to hand their keys back without facing penalty.
During Barnet Borough Council’s amnesty, which runs until November 15, anyone illegally subletting their council homes will not face legal action if they admit to it.
This comes after the new Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013, meaning people illegally subletting their property can face a prison sentence of up to two years, a criminal record or a £5,000 fine.
People can hand back their keys to the tenancy fraud team, local housing officer or housing office.
Barnet Homes tenants can hand their keys back at Barnet House while housing association tenants should contact their housing officer.
Councillor Tom Davey, cabinet member for housing, said: “There is currently real pressure on the supply of social housing, making it imperative that the housing we do have available goes to people in genuine need of help.
“It’s totally wrong for people not to be living in housing intended for them and to be illegally profiting from it at the same time.
“I would urge anyone illegally sub-letting their council home to get in touch right away. “Once the amnesty ends anyone found to be illegally subletting will face the full force of the new powers.”
For further more information visit www.barnet.gov.uk/key-amnesty
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