Empty council owned residential properties and council housing stock size

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Dear Lewisham Borough Council,

This request will also be sent to Lewisham Homes.

1 - How many Council owned residential properties used for council tenants were sold and became leaseholder properties in 2019 and 2020?

2 - How many additional (new) residential properties were added to the Council’s portfolio in 2019 and 2020?

3 – How many Council owned residential properties were demolished or awaiting demolition in 2019 and 2020?

4 – How many Council owned residential properties were empty for more than three months but were available for letting in 2019 and 2020?

5 – Since 01 January 2016, has the Council’s residential portfolio increased or decreased in terms of overall numbers of properties?

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Mills

Foi, Customer, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Stephen,

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No: 8581017

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Foi, Customer, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Stephen Mills

Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No: 8581017

Thank you for your request for information held by London Borough of Lewisham. I have included below a copy of your request, followed by the Council’s response.

1 - How many Council owned residential properties used for council tenants were sold and became leaseholder properties in 2019 and 2020?

2 - How many additional (new) residential properties were added to the Council’s portfolio in 2019 and 2020?

3 – How many Council owned residential properties were demolished or awaiting demolition in 2019 and 2020?

4 – How many Council owned residential properties were empty for more than three months but were available for letting in 2019 and 2020?

5 – Since 01 January 2016, has the Council’s residential portfolio increased or decreased in terms of overall numbers of properties?

We apply Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, ‘Information reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means’, to your request.

Section 21 states:
(1) Information which is readily available to the applicant otherwise than under section 1 is exempt information.
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1)-
(a) information may be reasonably accessible to the applicant even though it is accessible only on payment, and
(b) information is to be taken to be reasonably accessible to the applicant if it is information which the public authority or any other person is obliged by or under any enactment to communicate (otherwise than by making the information available for inspection) to members of the public on request, whether free of charge or upon payment.
(3) For the purposes of subsection (1), information which is held by a public authority and does not fall within subsection (2)(b) is not to be regarded as reasonably accessible to the applicant merely because the information is available from the public authority itself on request, unless the information is made available in accordance with the authority’s publication scheme and any payment required is specified in, or determined in accordance with, the scheme.

This acts as an exemption notice. Subsection 1 means that the Council is relieved of the duty to communicate the requested information to an applicant if there is an existing method by which the information can be obtained, outside of the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This is an absolute exemption and therefore does not require the public interests balancing test to be applied.

We confirm that the information that you have requested, can be accessed via the below

For the details on the LBL stock register and how it has changed over time.

https://lewisham.gov.uk/mayorandcouncil/...

For details on sale, demolition, and vacancy the Local Authority Housing Statistics data can be used.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collection...

We hope you will find this information helpful.

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https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

Telephone: 0303 123 1113.

Address: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Corporate Complaints & Casework Team
London Borough of Lewisham
Address: 1st Floor Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU

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