City of Westminster wins illegal subletting case against tenant

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  • About time these law breakers had the law after them, to many tenants renting out is so wrong, and those caught breaking law sould never be able to become a tenant again.

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  • Prosecution is a good idea but locking non-violent criminals up for 16 weeks, or, indeed, at all, is just stupid. I suppose this sponger doesn't work and could not therefore pay a fine, but how about community service - picking up garbage, cleaning public loos? Or how about 50 lashes - cheaper, quicker and far more memorable than a lagging. On the other hand, he can live rent free for 16 weeks and probably pick up some new skills at the University of Crime.

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  • I agree with Val.
    Public money, £3,000 per week, x 16 weeks = £48,000, spent locking-up a non-violent FIRST time offender (for this type of crime).
    Much cheaper for 100 hours of community work - more sensible too.
    Golly gosh why are some Judges oblivious to the obvious ???

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  • This is all well and good. But for the last 30 years Westminster City Council has been falling over itself to sell off council flats on long leases. Numbers of these are then lawfully sublet (at rents much higher than social rents), many to tenants claiming Housing Benefit - that is loads of public money going into theback pockets of the propertied - now that should be a crime!

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  • So so true for the above comment. So what would one call this then? organised crime???? Ive even heard of cases where Westminster were evicting council tentants more than 10 years ago for very minor things which should have warrented just a warning letter ,then selling off the council properties, some say to some council workers and like the person said above renting them out for extortionate rents.
    I think this sort of behaviour needs to be made public as these people too, are spongers and crooks but have and still are getting away with it.

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  • The article did not mention if they were seeking possession of the property in the civil courts...hope so.
    Further to the about government gaining money by the back door /pocket, it is worth noting that you some local authorities only allow you to sell your property back to them within the first 10 years of Right to buy, so they don't lose the housing benefit revenue on the market rent I guess!

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