Your Homes Newcastle is committed to deterring fraud and, where it does take place, we will investigate it fully and take the appropriate action.
There are specific types of fraud related to Newcastle City Council tenancies, including:
- Application fraud: lying about your circumstances to get a property or higher priority banding.
- Illegal sub-letting: when a tenant does not live in their property and then rents part or all of it out to somebody else.
- Right to Buy / Right to Acquire fraud: lying or providing false information to enable them to buy their property when they would otherwise not be entitled to.
- Abandonment: when a tenant has a property but does not live in it and lives somewhere else instead.
- Succession fraud: lying about living in a property in order to get the tenancy after someone has died.
If you suspect fraud is taking place that affects Your Homes Newcastle you can complete our online fraud report form.
You can find out more about other types of fraud linked to council services on the Newcastle City Council’s website.
Benefit fraud relates to Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) related benefits such as Housing Benefit, Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Working Tax Credits etc.
Benefit fraud must be reported direct to the DWP. This is not investigated by Newcastle City Council or ourselves.