Police were called out to the home in Hazelhurst Road on July 27 after a courtesy car turned up under the name of Badam Ahmadzai, Solihull Magistrates Court heard.
The occupier, who had lived there three years, told officers she had never met Ahmadzai and when the 22 year-old turned up to claim the car, after his own Toyota Avensis was involved in a minor accident, he was arrested.
Fiona Davies, prosecuting, said Ahmadzai, of Edmond Road, Alum Rock, admitted using a false address and never having resided at the home.
“The defendant told officers at the address, he’d been sent to collect the car by a friend, the ex-partner of (the occupier).”
However, the court heard that Ahmadzai was an asylum seeker who was granted a stay in six month lots, which meant he often had to change address.
He told the court, through an interpreter, the reason he had given has friend’s address, rather than his own, was to insure he did not lose any important documents.
Ahmadzai received a six month community order, twelve hours at an attendance centre and ordered to pay £85 costs.