We have recently had a number of cases of unauthorised occupants, and they have been successfully evicted.
A property in Symington House was reported as having unauthorised occupants. The JMB investigated the case and collated evidence, this included interviewing the unauthorised occupants. The information that was gathered confirmed that the occupants were subletting the whole of the property from the authorised tenant. A notice of eviction was served on the tenant, and the case was referred to Southwark Councils legal department for possession.
This case went to court and the JMB were given possession of the property. The property has now been re-let to a family nominated from Southwark Councils housing waiting list.
The occupants of a property on the Meakin Estate made an application for housing with Southwark Council. Southwark Councils housing allocations officer contacted the JMB to confirm who the legal tenant was. This property was a one bed flat and had more than the permitted amount of people living in it.
The JMB investigated the authorised tenant, and discovered that they were living outside the borough with their child. The family living in the property on the Meakin Estate were subletting from the authorised tenant.
The tenant was interviewed and a notice for possession was served. The JMB had collated substantial information on this case, the tenant decided to hand possession back to the JMB, rather than go to court.
The property has now been let to someone nominated from the housing waiting list. Sub-letting is now a criminal offence, which can lead to a two year prison sentence, or a substantial fine.