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Man who failed to live in council house ordered out
A COUNCIL tenant has been ordered to give up his home because of the length of time he had not been living there.
City of York Council took action against Colin Cain after deeming that he had not been living at the three-bedroom house in Woolnough Avenue, Tang Hall, which the authority had provided for a “considerable” period, leading to a two-day trial at York County Court.
The council argued that Cain’s main home during this period was a house he owns in Wigginton Road. The case was investigated by Veritau, which probes fraud allegations on the authority’s behalf, and the council.
A district judge granted a possession order for the Woolnough Avenue home with immediate effect and Cain must also pay £10,000 in court costs.
The judgement was made as new laws come into force under the Social Housing Fraud Act, making it a criminal offence to sublet social housing.
Coun Linsay Cunningham-Cross, cabinet member for crime and stronger communities, said the council would not let its homes be “exploited at the expense of some of our most vulnerable people”.
She said: “Misuse of council properties costs everybody too dearly to allow anybody to get away with it.”
Anybody with information about a person who has lied to get a council house, either about their living arrangements, other properties or the number of people in their family, should phone Veritau’s fraud hotline on 01904 552935 or email email@example.com
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