A BARNSLEY MP is backing a bill that goes to parliament today that will criminalise tenancy fraud. John Healey, MP, is backing the plan to crack down on subletting by council tenants. He said: “We can’t let cheats keep the tenancies of council houses if they don’t need or live in them. “With so many people needing homes, we need to keep doing all we can to make sure the system is fair. “Cracking down on sub-letting can free up homes for people on council waiting lists.” It is estimated that between 50,000 and 160,000 properties across the UK may be unlawfully occupied, earning tenancy cheats thousands of pounds a year renting the homes out to private tenants. The bill is being discussed in the House of Lords on Friday (July 13.) * What do you think? Should it be made a criminal offence? Join the debate by commenting in the box below. *