WARWICKSHIRE CRICKET CLUB PROPERTIES BENEFIT FRAUD?
At a hearing before District Judge Ingram at Birmingham County Court, today, Warwickshire County Cricket Club where granted a forthwith possession order for 318 Pershore Road.
JNC defended the action stating that they had a tenancy granted to them from an Agent of the Cricket Club.
It transpires that the person who granted the tenancy was not an agent for 318 Pershore Road but did work with a Tenant of the Cricket Club by signing agreements and collecting rent payments and Housing Benefit at 322 and 330 Pershore Road.
The Court heard that Stephen Graham Udal, a Director of Boxer Cleaning Ltd Nr Bromsgove let 322 and 330 Pershore Road from WCCC and allowed MR Anthony Smith (Who resided at 322 ) to manage the properties in his absence.
It was alleged that no payments of rent had not been recieved for some time for these properties. The tenancies were described as a “sham” by the Judge.
The matter will now be referred to the benefits agency as housing benefit has been claimed on the properties. WCCC stated they have no knowledge of Mr Smith despite him holding keys to all 3 properties and to the Office within the building.
Mr Udal who was in court declined to comment but in his court statement he said that the premises were rented to his company to house cleaning staff who worked at WCCC. Since September 2008 Boxer Cleaning Services Ltd no longer provided the service to WCCC and Mr Udal had let the rooms to other people. He stated that 3 people were resident in each property.
JNC are considering their options on an appeal to the European Court of human rights on the right of every person to a home. The Judge commented ” Every person who wants a home should have a right to one”
JNC will resist the eviction order when Bailiffs arrive, as we reported yesterday WCCC don’t normally bother with the next legal stage choosing to send contractors to attempt an illegal eviction instead.