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Right to Buy fraud

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Tom Copley Tom Copley Labour

Following concerning reports in Inside Housing that significant numbers of Right to Buy sales are carried out fraudulently, will you work with authorities and housing associations in London to better prevent the illegal loss of vital social housing?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

We must do all we can stop the loss of social housing through fraudulent Right to Buy sales. Councils are best-placed to take the lead on this work, since the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013, which regulates the management of socially rented homes, confers powers to local authorities to intervene in circumstances where social housing fraud might be occurring. This Act also enables councils to prosecute on behalf of their area and from local authority areas. I will ask my team to raise this matter with London Councils to see if there is any support the GLA can give them.