Housing cheat caught out
A West London businessman who claimed he was
homeless to gain temporary accommodation in Tower Hamlets whilst
secretly living at his family home, was taken to court last
On Thursday, September 15 at Clerkenwell and Shoreditch
County Court, Tower Hamlets Council successfully obtained a
possession order against Abdul Ali, of Maybank Gardens, Middlesex,
for a property on Crowder Street, Wapping. A money judgement was
also issued with Ali forced to pay £3,491.40.
The council investigated Ali following a tip off that he was not
living at the Crowder Street property, but was in fact subletting
it. Officers were able to confirm that he was living with his
family in Pinner where he also ran a restaurant.
Colin Cormack, Service Head, Housing Options, Tower Hamlets
Council, said: “Mr Ali lied to the council and claimed to be
homeless in order to access temporary accommodation. He took
accommodation that we use to help honest people who desperately
needed a place to live.
“The council works hard to get residents into appropriate
housing and this is undermined when people act illegally to sub-let
a property that would otherwise have been allocated to a family
that really needed it.
“This case shows that we will go to great lengths to catch
anyone who tries to cheat the system.”
The property at Crowder Street will be re-allocated.
To report housing cheats call the council free on 0800 528 0294
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 22, 2011