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City council cracks down on tenancy fraud

Milton Keynes City Council has returned 18 council homes to families in need after an investigation revealed they were being unlawfully sublet.

The investigation led by the city council found that 18 council tenants were profiting from the properties, with homes being advertised on platforms such as Airbnb. In one particular case, a property was being advertised as a holiday home with people being charged £500 per week.

Since then, MK City Council has returned the properties back into proper use to families in need. It is illegal for council tenants to sublet their properties under any circumstances. The city council is encouraging anyone who thinks a property might be being unlawfully sublet to report it by calling 01908 252937 or emailing

“Subletting our homes and depriving a family actually in need of the property is illegal and we will not tolerate it. My thanks go out to city council who carried out the investigations and returned these properties back to families that need them. We’ll continue carrying out further investigations and won’t hesitate to take action.” - Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, Cllr Emily Darlington

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