Who REALLY lives in a house like this?

The Audit Commission suspects 50,000 social homes, worth more than £2bn, are occupied by people who aren’t entitled to them. But even though tenancy fraud appears to be rife on Britain’s council estates, it’s devilishly hard to detect and even harder to prove. For this Inside Housing article, I got to grips with the very complex legal tools at housing officers’ disposal, and discovered that detective work is definitely not the preserve of the police. Family photos, children’s toys, even toothbrushes can all be dead giveaways – but only if you know what you’re looking for.

Author: Katie Puckett

I am an experienced journalist, copywriter and editor who has covered the built environment for nearly 20 years. I’ve interviewed thousands of senior executives, politicians and experts in many fields and travelled to report on stories throughout Europe, the US, the Gulf states and India. My articles have appeared in many business and professional titles including Building, Estates Gazette, Inside Housing, the Bartlett Review, Insurance Times and Lloyd’s Market. I am co-author, with architect Bill Gething, of Design for Climate Change, published by RIBA, and I launched and edit The Possible, a thought leadership magazine for global engineering firm WSP. I'm also co-founder of Wordmule, an editorial studio that specialises in buildings and cities.

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