December 11 2013 Latest news:
John Phillips , Senior Reporter
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Fraud investigators seized more than 50 properties in a council clampdown, figures reveal.
The council homes were rented by tenants who had illegally claimed benefits or sublet their properties in Barking and Dagenham.
Barking and Dagenham indicated it had helped to lead the way in dealing with cheats after becoming one of the first London councils to launch a dedicated housing fraud team.
The properties have been recovered since April 2010. The Labour council said it was backing plans to bring in legislation to make subletting of a social housing property a criminal offence.