Operation Done-A-Bunk targets Burnley and Padiham rent dodgers

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A BURNLEY housing association is taking steps to help crackdown on housing fraud.

Operation Done-A-Bunk has been launched by Calico Homes, aiming to provide financial rewards for people who come forward with information about rent cheats.

Helen Roberts, income manager for Calico, said: “We sincerely appreciate those who consistently pay their rent on time and inform us before they move, and instances of people abandoning their property without notifying us are thankfully rare. However, when they do occur, they cause huge problems both for us and for tenants. If a tenant abandons their property without notice, Calico will be left with a backlog of unpaid rent. Rent money helps to pay for vital services, including repairs and refurbishments, so any money we lose directly affects the help we provide to tenants.

“If we wish to combat this, we need the help of our residents. With the information they give us, we will be better equipped to track them down and work with them to pay back the money they owe.”

People who wish to give information can get in touch via incomemanagement@calico.org.uk, freephone number 0800 169 2407 or they can visit Calico’s offices to speak to one of their Income Management team in person.