A clampdown on fraudsters has got off to a successful start after Aldwyck Housing Group successfully gained back a Watford property which was being illegally sublet.

Aldwyck was awarded a 42 day possession order against Jo-Ann Cooper who was illegally subletting the whole of her Wilmington Court property.

Working closely in conjunction with Watford and Three Rivers councils, Aldwyck was able to take the case to court and was awarded £11,650 in costs.

It is hoped that this successful case will send out a clear message to those who are committing tenancy fraud.

Tony Campbell, head of housing at Aldwyck, said: “Aldwyck, Watford and Three Rivers have sent out a clear message to any residents that tenancy fraud will in no way be tolerated.

“It’s great that we are able to work closely with our local authority partners to ensure the people who most need our property receive it.”

Councillor Mark Watkin, responsible for resources and customer service at Watford Borough Council, said: “This is yet another example of how the local authorities work with housing associations in order to combat fraud.

“The result of this investigation has led to a property being freed up for those that need it as there is a very high demand for social housing.”