Clamping down on unlawful subletting

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By Bukola Aremu

The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 (the Act) came into force on 15 October 2013. The Act aims to address the overwhelming statistics relating to unlawful subletting and housing fraud.

The Act introduces unlawful profit orders and the permanent loss of security of tenure for assured tenants who unlawfully sublet their property.

The UPO is available in both civil and criminal proceedings. The court can order that the tenant pay to the landlord the profit made from the unlawful subletting if it finds the tenant has breached the tenancy in the following ways…

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