COMMENT: City council’s amnesty over sub-letting is optimistic act

.

.

First published in News

YOU have to admire the optimism of Oxford City Council with its amnesty over illegal sub-letting of social housing.

The council is to offer up a two-month window from August 1 in which people who are illegally sub-letting their council home and come forward will face no criminal action.

Amnesties of various kinds can have wildly varied results.

Police weapons usually turn up a decent haul, relying on a bit of guilt or motivating those who have never quite got around to getting rid of that samurai sword in the wardrobe. As you do.

But the city council faces a different problem with this sub-letting issue because people are not doing something illegal when all they have been is a bit lazy and forgotten to do something.

With sub-letting, tenants are either doing it for the financial benefit it brings or to help out (in their eyes) a relative.

What the council is relying on is that not only will the guilt make their targets fess up, but that they will also choose to forego what is probably a good few extra quid in the pocket.

Money is a powerful motivation after all.

We hope the council is successful but it is by no means a certainty.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:49am Fri 27 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Are you sure that "criminal" is correct? I may be behaving unlawfully if I have a periodic tenancy of property with a prohibition in the agreement against underletting, but I'm certainly committing no offence if I underlet.
Amnesty or not the Council's remedy is not in the criminal court but by action for a possession order and damages in the civil court.
Are you sure that "criminal" is correct? I may be behaving unlawfully if I have a periodic tenancy of property with a prohibition in the agreement against underletting, but I'm certainly committing no offence if I underlet. Amnesty or not the Council's remedy is not in the criminal court but by action for a possession order and damages in the civil court. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 0

9:50am Fri 27 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

PLEASE OXFORD MAIL CURE THE COMPUTER GLITCH BLOCKING PEOPLE FROM SUBSCRIBING TO ARTICLES. HOW LONG CAN IT TAKE?
PLEASE OXFORD MAIL CURE THE COMPUTER GLITCH BLOCKING PEOPLE FROM SUBSCRIBING TO ARTICLES. HOW LONG CAN IT TAKE? Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree