MP gets tough on sub-letting

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SOUTH Yorkshire MP John Healey is backing a move to crack down on sub-letting by council tenants.

The Wentworth and Dearne MP, who was housing minister in the last Government, is supporting a parliamentary bill to make unauthorised subletting a criminal offence, create effective deterrents and allow for proceeds of subletting to be reimbursed to social landlords.

He said: “We can’t let cheats keep the tenancies of council houses if they don’t need or live in them.”