Housing fraud investigation

Housing fraud investigation

Housing fraud is a problem that should not be underestimated. But what is housing fraud then exactly? It is defined as:

“All forms of unlawful habitation, unlawful re-letting and unlawful use of the house”.

Action against housing fraud is still high on the agenda. In general, you see that the tenant of a house lets someone else live in the house (paid or unpaid) without permission. You can think of putting into use or subletting for a longer period of time to others, but also, for example, renting through airbnb. There are also many cases where the house is simply not used because the main tenant lives elsewhere. • A house has been empty for a long time and the tenant therefore has no main residence in the house. 

Experience shows that housing fraud is often accompanied by: illegal activities and / or nuisance and insecurity for local residents.

What can housing fraud in your neighborhood mean?

In most cases housing fraud a negative impact on the quality of life in the neighborhood and even in exceptional cases on the value of the home. We can tell from experience that illegal subletting is often accompanied by noise nuisance, a surplus of household waste and neighborly quarrels, just to name a few. This can create an unpleasant atmosphere in the neighborhood and an unsafe feeling for local residents.

Local residents often know that there is housing fraud, but nobody often dares to report it or such a report is simply ignored. In any case, it is a matter to take seriously and tackle!

What are the consequences of housing fraud?

Unauthorized use of the home is often associated with illegal practices. Feel free to think of things like cannabis cultivation, prostitution and (drug) trade. This not only has consequences for local residents, but also for the landlord or property owner. The neighborhood can suffer enormous image damage, but the image of the landlord / property owner can also be greatly damaged if no action is taken.

A housing fraud investigation is in many cases not only desirable, but also necessary. It can certainly have consequences for your tenant, an administrative fine can even be imposed by a municipality, like in Amsterdam the case is.

How do we conduct a housing fraud investigation?

Of course, every housing fraud investigation case is different, but often irregularities around a certain address are established through observations. If necessary, this will be supplemented with a targeted neighborhood survey after consultation with the client. These observations are of great importance in estimating and ultimately determining the ultimate strategy for the entire study. 

During the investigation, the client is kept informed of the findings and progress of the investigation. The next steps are continuously discussed with the client.

When an investigation has been completed, a confrontation interview will take place with the investigated if desired. Strongwood can assist in this, of course, this can also be completely relieved and Strongwood will conduct the interview.

Strongwood will produce a detailed report with evidence of the entire investigation. With this report legal steps can be taken; our reports have the status of 'objective testimony' in court.

Of course you may want to pre-screen future tenants? This can also be performed once or periodically by us. For this, our digital research department various access to national database with housing fraud information. In this way you always keep your finger on the pulse and major damage can be prevented.

Do you have a suspicion of housing fraud?

Please contact us so that our investigator can advise you immediately. In addition, an action plan will soon be drawn up so that the research can start quickly. Strongwood is of course also available outside office hours.

Do you have help or advice required?

Please give us a call 020-3690030