Slough's Social Housing Policy
Published by
Slough Unitary Authority (SBC)
31 December 2013

24. Fraud Prevention

Housing Act 1996 Section 171 makes it an offence for anyone seeking assistance from a housing authority under Part 6 of the 1996 Act to:

Ground 5 in Schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1985 (as amended by section 146 of the 1996 Act) enables a housing authority to seek possession of a tenancy granted as a result of a false statement by the tenants or a person acting as the tenant's instigation.

It is important for Slough Borough Council to protect scarce housing resources and any applicant seeking to obtain housing by making a false or misleading statement or failing to inform the Council of a material fact relevant to the outcome of their application, or a change in circumstances, will have their application immediately cancelled.

The Council will not hesitate to prosecute any applicant(s) who have either been allocated a home or applied for a home by using false or fraudulent information.