Council house tenant who sub-let his property to his son prosecuted by Northampton Borough Council

The Guildhall, Northampton Borough Council
The Guildhall, Northampton Borough Council

A Northampton man who sub-let his council house to his son has been fined £250 and evicted from the property.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard Patrick Hastings-Stroud, of Birchfield Road East, allowed his son and his girlfriend to live in a home in Cherry Close, Cherry Orchard, without informing the Northampton Borough Council.

Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001

Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001

The court heard that Hastings-Stroud, who pleaded guilty to breaching the terms of his tenancy, had lived in the council property since 1983.

Northampton Partnership Homes, the organisation that manages over 12,000 homes on behalf of Northampton Borough Council, uncovered the fact he wasn’t living in the property when Hastings-Stroud’s son’s partner made an application for social housing after their relationship had broken down.

The investigation revealed that Hastings-Stroud had moved out of the property in December 2013 and was now living with a friend.

Hastings-Stroud was fined £250, and he must pay court costs of £650 and victim surcharge of £25.

Mike Kay, chief executive of Northampton Partnership Homes, said: “The allocation process has been carefully drawn up to make sure that it fairly allocates accommodation to those most in need.

“That property should have, and will now be, allocated to someone in genuine need.  We cannot tolerate queue jumping in any form - tenancy fraud is illegal and we will take action against people who are caught abusing the system. 

“Northampton Partnership Homes is continually working with Northampton Borough Council to deal with fraud of any kind that affects housing opportunities for the people of Northampton.”