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Council tenants who sub-let homes face prison or fine

Council tenants who sub-let their homes will face up to two years in prison under proposals by the government.

The plans would see a new criminal offence of tenancy fraud, with a fine of up to £50,000 also possible.

Officials estimate that 160,000 tenants sub-let their homes to other people at cost of £5bn a year to the taxpayer.

Housing Minister Grant Shapps said some people were cheating the system by earning thousands of pounds letting out their council homes at markets rents.

Mike Sergeant reports.

  • 11 Jan 2012
  • From the section UK