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Housing Fraud Investigations

Housing Fraud Investigations

Housing associations play a crucial role in providing housing solutions for individuals and families in various locations. However, like any sector, they face their share of challenges, including grievances related to problematic tenants, instances of illegal tenancy fraud, and the ongoing struggle to meet the ever-growing demand for housing. Private investigators can prove to be valuable assets for both housing associations and tenants alike. They excel at gathering the necessary evidence required for addressing issues such as breaches of tenancy agreements or substandard living conditions. Whether the concern revolves around illegal subletting, tenancy fraud, or significant property damage, engaging a private investigator can be instrumental in acquiring the essential information needed for effective resolution.

How a Private Investigator Can Assist You

Housing fraud manifests in various ways, and at times, housing associations and landlords struggle to obtain the necessary evidence for eviction. This is where a private investigator can be invaluable. Here are several areas where an investigator can provide assistance:

  • Identity Misrepresentation: This refers to instances where a tenant provides false or misleading information about their identity during the housing application process. It may involve the use of fake documents or impersonation.
  • Non-Occupancy: Non-occupancy occurs when a tenant does not actually reside in the property they have leased or when the property remains vacant for extended periods without a legitimate reason.
  • Non-Qualifying Tenancy: This relates to situations where a tenant does not meet the qualifications or eligibility criteria set by the housing association or landlord for the tenancy, such as income requirements or residency status.
  • Property Damage: Property damage pertains to harm or destruction caused to the rented property by the tenant, which may include intentional or negligent acts resulting in harm to the premises.
  • Social Housing Fraud: Social housing fraud encompasses various fraudulent activities related to government-subsidized or social housing, such as providing false information to secure housing or unlawfully profiting from social housing properties.
  • Illegal Subletting: This refers to renting out part or the entirety of a leased property to another individual without obtaining proper consent from the landlord or housing association, often for personal gain.
  • Right-to-Buy Fraud: Right-to-Buy fraud involves abusing the right-to-buy scheme, intended to allow council tenants to purchase their rented property at a discount, for fraudulent purposes.
  • Subletting Without Consent: Subletting without consent signifies renting out a portion or the whole of one’s leased property to another party without obtaining prior approval or consent from the property owner or housing provider.
Private Landlords and Housing Associations: How a Private Investigator Can Assist

If you are a private landlord or housing association, ensuring the integrity of your rental properties is paramount. A private investigator can be an invaluable asset in this regard. They can help uncover various issues, including whether the tenant in question is:

  • Illegally Subletting Space: Private investigators have the expertise to detect instances of illegal subletting. They can ascertain when access was granted to the subletter and identify the responsible party.
  • Confirming Complaints of Anti-Social Behavior: Private investigators can validate complaints related to anti-social or disruptive behavior within your property, helping you maintain a peaceful environment for your tenants.
  • Confirming Tenant Identity: Ensuring that the tenant’s identity matches the information provided during the application process is crucial to preventing identity misrepresentation.

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Our agency employs specialized teams consisting of highly skilled professionals who bring valuable expertise from military, law enforcement, and risk management backgrounds. With our extensive knowledge, training, and practical experience in private investigations, we are dedicated to delivering prompt and efficient results to our clients. Working closely with you, we will identify the most appropriate services for your specific case. Our team is equipped with a wide array of unique and innovative solutions to tackle even the most challenging circumstances our clients may face.


Our rates for private investigations are designed to align with the complexity and duration of each individual case. Unlike many other agencies, we have developed a distinct system that offers our clients a pre-established price for the entire investigation. This means you won’t encounter any unexpected fees, retainers, fuel costs, tolls, or hidden charges. Our aim is to provide a cost-effective solution for even the most challenging investigations. Additionally, we do not employ any form of “rounding up” in our rates to account for unforeseen expenses. Instead, the price of an inquiry will be determined based on your specific requirements, ensuring a tailored and transparent approach.


To initiate an investigation, the first step is to engage in either a phone call or an email conversation with one of our licensed private investigators and private detectives. During this initial interaction, we will ask you a series of questions in order to assess the optimal course of action for your case. Based on the information gathered, our team will meticulously construct an investigative plan that meets your satisfaction and aligns with the unique needs of your situation. Throughout the investigation process, you will be kept informed of any relevant updates or modifications. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, we will provide you with a comprehensive written report, accompanied by any pertinent photos or video evidence that was collected during the investigation.