Ref: Westminster CC v Herminio Nascimento
Herminio Nascimento, the 42 year old former tenant of a two bed property on the Westbourne Park Estate in Westminster was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison and £7,100 legal costs in March this year. The case marks a landmark in the Fraud Act 2006
Herminio illegally subletted the property without the consent of the council, who owned the property and let to him, whilst he lived in a jointly owned property in Crawley, West Sussex with his partner. The case was decided in Westminster Magistrate’s Courts and has provided further impetus to the arguments for greater powers to councils to act against illegal subletters.
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