The nature and extent of housing tenancy fraud

Bryce, Alan Scott (2012) The nature and extent of housing tenancy fraud. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation will assess the nature and extent of housing tenancy fraud in England. There has been no previously published academic research on this type of fraud, although professional and academic commentators have speculated in recent years on the scale of such fraud and the financial loss that results. This dissertation reviews existing literature, commenting critically on the different approaches adopted and their impact on the resulting findings and conclusions that have been drawn.
    Primary research was undertaken to collate data from social housing providers across England, from which an analysis of the scale of tenancy fraud was undertaken. The results have been triangulated with the findings of semi-structured interviews with housing tenancy fraud experts. This has established a robust evidential base of data on which this dissertation concludes that approximately 98,000 social homes in England are subject to some form of housing tenancy fraud.
    Leading experts acknowledge that action to prevent and detect tenancy fraud has been hindered significantly by the absence of information on the nature of such fraud. As a result many myths have developed around the issue, often utilised by social housing providers to justify inaction. Thus primary research was undertaken on a sample of detected tenancy frauds covering London and non-London social housing providers to test the evidential base for the most commonly held views on the nature of tenancy fraud. The results provide, for the first time, academic evidence of geographic variations in the relative prevalence of different types of tenancy fraud.
    Housing tenancy fraud is now recognised as the single largest area of annual fraud loss in local government. This dissertation provides an evidential base on which national and local strategies to tackle such fraud can be developed, freeing up homes for those in genuine need.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2013 10:46
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:15

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