Housing benefit fraud is when an individual makes a claim for housing benefits support based on information that they know is false or inaccurate. This is considered a serious offence and holds severe housing benefit fraud penalties. These include the following:
- Being summoned to court where a Judge will determine the appropriate sentence;
- You could be charged with a penalty within the region of £350 to £5,000, depending on the severity of the fraud;
- Your benefits will be reduced, or stopped completely for up to three years; and
- You are told to pay back the overpaid money.
If you suspect housing benefit fraud is being committed by a third party, it is crucial that you report housing benefit fraud to the Police as you could save the Government, and ultimately the tax-paying public, unnecessary money paying for these individuals.
If you are involved in housing benefit fraud, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. We appreciate that this may be a very difficult and stressful time and we can assure you that we will make this process run as smooth as possible. At Bloomsbury Law, we understand that no case is the same. This is why we work on a bespoke level to provide you with the best service possible. If you are seeking legal advice, call one of our specialists, we will listen to your situation, answer any enquiries that you may have, and advise you accordingly once we are instructed.
Recent changes to Legal Aid have meant that funding is now very limited for criminal cases, we do not feel that it is possible to represent clients to the standard that we would think is necessary and therefore, we do not therefore offer Legal Aid.
What do I do next?
Contact us online or speak to one of our dedicated specialists on 0207 998 7777 for a free initial consultation. With our vast experience in the field, our bilingual speaking team will work with you to ensure this process runs as smooth as possible. All information you provide us with is treated with the utmost confidentiality.
We will contact you no later than the next working day to arrange a meeting at our offices in London W1 to advise on the agreement.