Evictions and Personal Property

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Dear Greenwich Borough Council,

1. Over the past twelve months, how many people have been evicted from local authority property?
2. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted people have been licensees?
3. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted people have been tenants?
4. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted tenants have had their personal property disposed of by the local authority?
5. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted tenants have had their personal property stored by the local authority?
6. Over the past twelve months how many evicted ex-licensees have had their personal property stored by the local authority?
7. Over the past twelve months how many evicted ex-Council licensees have had their personal property stored by the local authority?
8. Please provide details of the average cost of storing an evicted persons personal property?
9. Please provide details of the average length of time that evicted persons have their personal property stored by the local authority over the past twelve months?
10. Under what circumstances does the local authority protect the personal property of evicted persons?
11. Under what circumstances do the local authority dispose of the personal property of evicted persons?
12. Under what legal basis does the local authority dispose of the personal property of evicted persons?
13. Please detail when the local authority started disposing of evicted persons personal property seven days after eviction?
14. Please disclose any policy documents or guidance issued to housing officers regarding disposing of personal property left behind by ex-Council tenants in Council property?
15. Please disclose any policy regarding evictions?
16. Please provide copies of any Equality Impact Assessments which were carried out when formulating the policies in 14 and 15.
17. Please detail over the past three years, the number of complaints that have been made by evicted persons because of the Council’s disposal of their personal property?

Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Boyle

foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Boyle

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-33050

 

Thank you for your request dated 10 October 2019

 

Your request will be answered by 07 November 2019

 

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the
reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Communities & Environment

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

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foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Boyle

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-33050

 

Please accept our apologies, but there will be a delay in providing a
response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

We are awaiting a response from the department and we endeavour to provide
a response to you as soon as possible.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Communities & Environment

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

020 8921 5044

Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

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dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

foi, Greenwich Borough Council

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Dear Mr Boyle

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-33050

 

Thank you for your request dated 10 October 2019

 

Our response is as follows:

 

1. Over the past twelve months, how many people have been evicted from
local authority property?

92 (tenancies/licenses ended).

 

2. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted people have been
licensees?

17 (licenses ended).

 

3. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted people have been tenants?

75 tenancies have been ended and the occupiers evicted from Royal
Greenwich owned residential properties. (An accurate number of the people
affected cannot be given as some residents may not have been listed on the
Tenancy Agreement).

 

4. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted tenants have had their
personal property disposed of by the local authority?

We do not hold this information.

 

5. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted tenants have had their
personal property stored by the local authority?

Although we do not keep record of this, in the past 12 months we have not
stored evicted tenants personal belongings using a storage company.
Tenant’s personal belongings are assessed and we decide whether to leave
them in the property until the Section 41 expires (maximum of 1 month).

6. Over the past twelve months how many evicted ex-licensees have had
their personal property stored by the local authority?

3

 

7. Over the past twelve months how many evicted ex-Council licensees have
had their personal property stored by the local authority?

0

 

8. Please provide details of the average cost of storing an evicted
persons personal property?

Housing Inclusion service – 0

Housing Income Team – 0.  This is due to the fact that the cost of storage
would be more than the estimated value of the goods.  (Items with a total
value of £100 or less will treated as rubbish and not as left items).

 

9. Please provide details of the average length of time that evicted
persons have their personal property stored by the local authority over
the past twelve months?

Housing Inclusion Service – 5 months

Income Team - Maximum of 1 month however there are exceptions as per
Section 41 where belongings are not stored:

·       Perishable contents, such as food, plants etc which will be
disposed of immediately.

·       Items that would be inconvenient to store – for e.g. large, bulky
items of furniture, large carpets etc.

·       Items that would incur unreasonable expense to the Royal Borough
to store them.

o   This is where the cost of storage would be more than the estimated
value of the goods. 

(Items with a total value of £100 or less will treated as rubbish and not
as left items)

·       Verminous items for e.g. where there are mouse droppings, maggots
or signs of possible flea infestation etc.

 

10. Under what circumstances does the local authority protect the personal
property of evicted persons?

Housing Inclusion Service - Under section 211 of the Housing Act
(Protection of property of homeless persons and persons threatened with
homelessness).  Belongings are protected and stored under the provision of
the act. 

Income Team - We keep the belongings for 1 month except in the
circumstances above.  

 

11. Under what circumstances do the local authority dispose of the
personal property of evicted persons?

Housing Inclusion Service - Under section 211 of the Housing Act If
applicants have had nowhere to store their belongings they are given 28
days from the date of eviction to remove their belongings from storage and
are advised of the deadline to remove their items.  The council have in
some cases exercised discretion and allowed applicants extra time.

Income Team – Please refer to answer to question 10.

 

12. Under what legal basis does the local authority dispose of the
personal property of evicted persons?

Income Team - Relevant legislation is Section 41 of the Local Government
(Miscellaneous Provision) Act 1982

 

 

13. Please detail when the local authority started disposing of evicted
persons personal property seven days after eviction?

Income Team - Following an eviction if the tenant does not respond to our
calls and does not make contact to arrange removal the belongings will be
disposed of where the cost of storage would be more than the estimated
value of the goods.

 

14. Please disclose any policy documents or guidance issued to housing
officers regarding disposing of personal property left behind by
ex-Council tenants in Council property?

Please see the attached.

 

15. Please disclose any policy regarding evictions?

Please see the attached.

 

16. Please provide copies of any Equality Impact Assessments which were
carried out when formulating the policies in 14 and 15.

The policies adhere to law and obligations under the law.

 

17. Please detail over the past three years, the number of complaints that
have been made by evicted persons because of the Council’s disposal of
their personal property?

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If you have any queries about this correspondence, please contact me,
quoting the reference number above.

 

If you are not satisfied with our response to your request, you can ask
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out why you are dissatisfied.

 

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Internal Review, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a decision. 
Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the
Internal Review procedure provided by the Council. You can contact the ICO
by emailing [1][email address], or by post at Customer Contact,
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Communities & Environment

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

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Subject: FOI-33050: Freedom of Information request - Evictions and
Personal Property

 

Dear Mr Boyle

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-33050

 

Please accept our apologies, but there will be a delay in providing a
response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

We are awaiting a response from the department and we endeavour to provide
a response to you as soon as possible.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Communities & Environment

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

020 8921 5044

Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

[2]www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

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