A now-former council tenant in north London has been handed a suspended sentence and ordered to pay close to £90,000 after it transpired that he owned three properties in the capital.
Jamir Hussain was a Camden Council tenant, who for a period of seven years failed to disclose to the council that he owned three houses in nearby Haringey, in breach of his tenancy agreement.
Hussain, 40, of St Margaret Road, Tottenham, was sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for two years at Wood Green Crown Court. He was also fined £10,000, ordered to pay £73,767 in compensation to local and central government as well as Camden Council’s costs of £4,745.
The fraud came to light when the tenant applied to purchase his council flat.
Council tenants are obliged to inform the council if they own any property, but Hussain failed to do so.
Despite the fact that Hussain gave up possession of the council flat when the fraud was detected, the Honour Judge Lucas took a very serious view of the offences.
The court also heard that he was in the process of selling one of his properties in order to pay off loans he had taken out to pay the compensation.
Cllr Meric Apak, cabinet member for Better Homes at Camden Council, commented: “We have over 6,000 families on our housing waiting list in desperate need, so it is welcome to see our enforcement work returning a council home that can make a real difference to a family in our borough.
“We are doing everything in our power to increase the supply of affordable and secure housing in Camden.
“Our Community Investment Programme will ensure that fewer homes are lost and more are built. £1bn is being invested to bring forward schemes to build more council housing, buy back council homes previously sold off under right to buy and replace old low-quality housing.”