A Watford man has been fined for subletting and ordered to pay almost £11,000 for illegally subletting his housing trust accommodation.
A District Judge found Edward Cawdron guilty of illegally profiting from his tenancy with Watford Community Housing Trust under a new law introduced through a private member by Watford MP Richard Harrington.
Cawdron, who owed £3,000 in rent arrears, and had also fraudulently taken several deposits, was caught out when the trust spotted local advertisements for the property to be rented out.
The District Judge ordered Cawdron to pay the Trust £10,716.54, which included £4,700 in deposits he had collected from prospective tenants.
It is thought this was the first time the new Act, The Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013, has been used to secure a conviction, which makes social housing tenancy fraud a criminal rather than a civil offence.
— LandlordZONE (@LandlordZONE) September 22, 2014