Successful prosecution for unlawful subletting

Published: Tuesday, 27th November 2018

Oxford City Council has brought a successful prosecution for unlawful letting of a social housing property.

On Tuesday 20 November 42 year-old Esperance Hakizimana, formerly of Ashhurst Way, Rose Hill, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful subletting of her social housing flat. 

The City Council's Fraud Investigation Team worked closely with Greensquare Housing Association on the case. They found evidence showing that Hakizimana had sublet her property since April 2014 whilst living in the Netherlands. 

On pleading guilty she was sentenced to a fine of £500 and ordered to pay back unlawful profit of £9,768.68, with £3000 of it to be paid within seven days. She was also ordered to pay costs of £480.

Councillor Ed Turner, Oxford City Council's Board Member for Finance and Asset Management, said: "This is another example that shows the effectiveness of the Fraud Investigation Team in clamping down on fraudulent subletting. By working with Greensquare Housing, the team uncovered and prosecuted the person who has committed this fraud, and who has now paid the price. This also means that a much-needed social home can be re-let to someone who is really entitled to it.  Social housing tenants need to remember and adhere to rules on sub-letting."       

Oxford City Council's Fraud Investigation Team has prevented fraud losses and generated revenue of over £12 million for the Council since its inception in April 2015. As well as investigating City Council fraud cases, the team works in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council , Cherwell District Council, South Northamptonshire District Council and Warwick District Council.

You can phone Oxford City Council's Fraud Investigation Team on 01865 252222 or email them on [email protected] For more information about the Fraud Investigation Team webpage.