Kettering Borough Council evicts tenant after fraudulent housing application

Published: Tuesday, 25th April 2017

Mrs Rae fined £1,500 plus costs

Kettering Borough Council has evicted a tenant after she secured a one bedroom flat in a sheltered housing scheme by making a fraudulent housing application.

Carol Rae, 60, of Hazeland House, Desborough was convicted of tenancy fraud in August 2016 at Northampton Magistrates Court and fined £1,500 plus costs.

Mrs Rae had approached Kettering Borough Council in May 2014 claiming to be homeless and, as a result, she was provided with temporary accommodation until she moved in to Hazeland House in 2014.

However, when applying for council housing, Mrs Rae failed to disclose that she already owned two properties for which she was receiving a substantial rental income.

Kettering Borough Council’s Head of Housing, John Conway said:

“Where housing applicants lie, or fail to disclose their true circumstances to us, we will not hesitate to use the powers available to us to prosecute and evict offenders. It is wholly unacceptable for anyone to provide false information or withhold relevant information about being homeless in order to obtain housing from the Council.”