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A Slough buy to let landlord living in a council house could face prison if he doesn’t pay back over £48,000 he has received in rent from his investment.
The Slough landlord, applied to be placed on the council housing register in 2006. However, he did not declare that he was in the process of investing in a Slough buy to let property with his brother at the time.
He then went on to accept a council tenancy despite having purchased the buy to let property and leased it out to tenants.
The rogue Slough landlord later applied for benefits in 2017 without declaring that he owned the rental property.
Reading Crown Court found Mr Lescott guilty of three offences under the Fraud Act 2006 for making false representations and failing to disclose information he was legally obliged to disclose, which he admitted.
At the Proceeds of Crime Act hearing, the Slough landlord and council house tenant was ordered to pay back £48,408 by October 25 or face 18 months in prison for non-payment. He was also ordered to pay full council prosecution costs of £6,816 by the court.
Lescott, who agreed to move out of the council house in Woodford Way in June, was also ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and 10 days of rehabilitation.
Cabinet member for housing and community safety, Cllr Mohammed Nazir, said: ‘We will not tolerate those individuals who seek to defraud the local taxpayer. Social and council housing is there to provide much needed homes for our residents, not to generate illicit profits for dishonest tenants.’
He continued: The council will continue to take tough action against those unscrupulous individuals who seek to deny vulnerable families a roof over their heads. We will always push for the harshest punishments where we find people defrauding not just the council but the children, families and hard-working residents on our housing register.’