A landlord has been prosecuted for illegally claiming council tax support for his primary residence while receiving rent from an undeclared property that he owns in Purfleet, Essex.
Victor Njemanze, 50, claimed just over £1,500 council tax support for his home in Waltham Abbey after failing to declare on council tax support claim forms that he owned the property in Purfleet which was let out to tenants.
After pleading guilty at Chelmsford Magistrates Court, Njemanze was handed a 12-month community order, during which he must do 100 hours of unpaid work in the community.
Magistrates also ordered him to pay the council’s £340 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £60, which the council will recover through ongoing council tax payments.
Finance councillor Gagan Mohindra commented: “Council tax support allowance is means tested and meant for people who need help paying their council tax bills.
“Applicants are always required to inform the council of their current financial situation.
“I hope this case shows any instances of deliberately deceiving the council are taken very seriously.”
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