In the situation you cite, the council would probably attept to re-claim the money from you, but so long as you were not aware of the tenants fraud, then you would probably have a good chance of winning an appeal.
If you are not going to be able to obtain the balance of your rent from the tenant, then it may be time to suggest he finds somewhere he can afford - I believe it is called a section 21 notice
The advice I give on this forum is for general information only. I can provide specialist advice on many tenancy matters including eviction,
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