Long Term Empty Properties

Rhys Thomas made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Lancaster City Council

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I am writing to you to request the following information:

1) Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Domestic Properties as of the 20th May (those properties which have been empty for six months or older)
2) What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019?
3) During 2018 did you undertake any work around reducing your Long Term Empty Properties. If you did was this done using internal resource or a third party?
4) If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review every single long term property
5) Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your Housing strategy?
6) Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction of empty properties?
7) How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during 2018?
8) Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty property owners to help them bring properties back into use?

Thank you very much,

Rhys

info, Lancaster City Council

2 Atodiad

Dear Rhys Thomas,

I write to confirm receipt of your request for information, which was
received on 21st May 2019 and is now being processed under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Your request has been given the unique reference
number as stated in the subject header above and you should quote this
reference number in all correspondence. You should receive our response
within 20 working days; this means that you can expect to receive the
requested information by 19th June 2019. If we are unable to deal with
your request within that time limit or the Council does not hold the
information or there is a reason for it to be withheld, we will promptly
advise you in writing.

If you have any queries or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact
me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

Kind regards,

 

Jenni McGrath

Information Governance Officer

Deputy Data Protection Officer

Email: [1][Lancaster City Council request email]

Tel:      (01524) 58 2000

 

Governance (Information Governance), Town Hall, Lancaster LA1 1PJ

Email:
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REQUEST:

I am writing to you to request the following information:

 

1)            Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term
Empty Domestic Properties as of the 20th May (those properties which have
been empty for six months or older)

2)            What work is the council currently undertaking or planning
to undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019?

3)            During 2018 did you undertake any work around reducing your
Long Term Empty Properties. If you did was this done using internal
resource or a third party?

4)            If yes is the answer to question three, did the council
review every single long term property

5)            Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form
part of your Housing strategy?

6)            Does the council have a budget in place to help support the
reduction of empty properties?

7)            How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation
during 2018?

8)            Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term
Empty property owners to help them bring properties back into use?

 

 

 

 

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info, Lancaster City Council

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Dear Rhys Thomas,

I write to confirm receipt of your request for information, which was
received on 21st May 2019 and is now being processed under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Your request has been given the unique reference
number as stated in the subject header above and you should quote this
reference number in all correspondence. You should receive our response
within 20 working days; this means that you can expect to receive the
requested information by 19th June 2019. If we are unable to deal with
your request within that time limit or the Council does not hold the
information or there is a reason for it to be withheld, we will promptly
advise you in writing.

If you have any queries or concerns then please do not hesitate to contact
me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

Kind regards,

 

Jenni McGrath

Information Governance Officer

Deputy Data Protection Officer

Email: [1][Lancaster City Council request email]

Tel:      (01524) 58 2000

 

Governance (Information Governance), Town Hall, Lancaster LA1 1PJ

Email:
[2][Lancaster City Council request email]                                                              

Website: [3]http://www.lancaster.gov.uk

 

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I am writing to you to request the following information:

 

1)Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Domestic
Properties as of the 20th May (those properties which have been empty for
six months or older)

2)What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake
around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019?

3)During 2018 did you undertake any work around reducing your Long Term
Empty Properties. If you did was this done using internal resource or a
third party?

4)If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review every
single long term property

5)Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your
Housing strategy?

6)Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction of
empty properties?

7)How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during 2018?

8)Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty
property owners to help them bring properties back into use?

 

Thank you very much,

 

Rhys

 

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info, Lancaster City Council

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Dear Rhys Thomas,

Freedom of Information Request - Ref: FOI 2587

Thank you for your request received on 21st May 2019 in which you asked
for the following information from Lancaster City Council:

 

1)Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Domestic
Properties as of the 20th May (those properties which have been empty for
six months or older) 2)What work is the council currently undertaking or
planning to undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in
2019?

3)During 2018 did you undertake any work around reducing your Long Term
Empty Properties. If you did was this done using internal resource or a
third party?

4)If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review every
single long term property 5)Does the reduction of empty homes in the
council area form part of your Housing strategy?

6)Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction of
empty properties?

7)How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during 2018?

8)Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty
property owners to help them bring properties back into use?

 

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

Response

 

 1. 831

2)   Lancaster City Council has employed one full time Empty Homes Officer
since 2013 to identify privately owned long term empty properties, liaise
and negotiate with property owners and implement enforcement powers when
appropriate, as well as prepare and review the Council’s Empty Homes
Strategy, in order to reduce the number of long term empty properties in
the District.

3)   As above

4)   The Council’s Empty Homes Officer actively monitors all long term
empty properties that have been empty in excess of 2 years, as well as any
other properties that are reported as causing an issue in the local
community.

5)   The Council’s Housing Strategy includes a priority to reduce the
number of empty homes by:-

o Appropriate enforcement action
o Developing an Empty Homes Strategy
o Bidding for Funding
o Council tax charging

       6)  Refer to question 8

       7)  Total spend for year January to December 2018 = £40,781.21

 8)  The Council can offer financial assistance of up to £12,000 per
property to be used towards the renovation costs of works required to
bring any long term empty back into use. Once the works are completed the
property is required to be rented through our partners, Methodist Action,
as social housing for the local community, and the rental income is used
to pay back the cost of the renovation works in the first 2-3 years. Nine
properties have been brought back into use following the uptake of the
offer of financial assistance, with a further two properties in the
process of being renovated.

 

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Information Governance

Lancaster City Council

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Lancaster

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Jenni McGrath

Information Governance Officer

Deputy Data Protection Officer

Email: [3][Lancaster City Council request email]

Tel:      (01524) 58 2000

 

Governance (Information Governance), Town Hall, Lancaster LA1 1PJ

Email:
[4][Lancaster City Council request email]                                                              

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