Freedom of information response

Council Tenants

Publication date: 
Wednesday 11 September 2019

I am writing to submit a Freedom of Information request about the subletting of homes by council tenants.
Specifically, I would like to know:
- How many council tenants have been investigated for subletting their property?
- How many of these were subsequently found to have been subletting, or attempting to sublet, their property?
- What fines, if any, were these people given? Please specify for each case.
- How many of these were evicted from their council property?
Please provide data for each of the last five financial years, as well as figures from the end of the last financial year to the present, if these figures are available.
Please also state the company the property was being, or was suspected of being, sublet through (eg. Airbnb, Spare Room) if possible


1.    25 please note this is data from 1st January 2018 – present day (there are 12 cases still under investigation)

2.    7 prosecutions

3.    N/A

    7 prosecutions which resulted in the property being recovered

5.    Please note we are only able to provide figures for the last year as the data for previous years is held by a previous external supplier and would therefore incur a charge

6.    No company has been used in any of the successful cases prosecuted

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Request reference:
FOI 9322