Vacant Property

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Dear Enfield Council,

Please can you provide a list of all property owned by Enfield, as well as the current use of the properties, which have been empty for more than 6 months?

Yours faithfully,

Ben

complaintsandinformation, Enfield Council

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for making a request for information to the London Borough of
Enfield.

We are aiming to respond to your request within 20 working days and will
let you know if we hold the information you requested and whether or not
we can release it under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We are now making an initial assessment of your request and we will
contact you if any clarification is needed.

If you have any queries regarding your request, please contact us at
[1][Enfield Council request email] quoting your reference CRM FOI
8276

Kind Regards,

Quinton Green
Complaints and Information Officer
Complaints and Information Team
Chief Executive Department
Enfield Council
Silver Street
Enfield
EN1 3XY

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complaintsandinformation, Enfield Council

Dear Ben,

 

We are aware that the timescale for information provision in the law is 20
working days, however due to pressures on officer time we are not going to
be able to complete this request for you in that timescale. We ask for
your forbearance in this, and we will provide the information as soon as
we can.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Quinton Green

Complaints and Information Officer

Complaints and Information Team

Chief Executive Department

Enfield Council

Silver Street

Enfield

EN1 3XY

 

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complaintsandinformation, Enfield Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Request dated 19^th August 2020,
where you requested information about empty properties owned by Enfield.
Please see the response below to your request. My apologies for the delay
in sending you this reply.

 

Request

 

Please can you provide a list of all property owned by Enfield, as well as
the current use of the properties, which have been empty for more than 6
months.

 

Response

 

I can confirm that the London Borough of Enfield does hold this
information.

 

Please see below the number of empty properties, as well as their property
‘type’, that have been empty for over 6 months.

 

Council Housing

 

o 97 Council Housing Properties

 

Commercial Properties

 

o 10 Industrial Units
o 7 Land
o 11 Residential Properties
o 11 Parks Buildings
o 9 ‘Other’ Properties.

 

We are unable to be more specific regarding the ‘other category’ as the
individual property types have returned five, or less, results and this
could, potentially, make it easy to identify the property concerned. This
information, as well as any specific addresses/lists of empty properties,
is therefore being withheld under Section 31 (1) (a) of the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA)  This section provides that information is exempt
from disclosure if such disclosure would prejudice the “prevention or
detection of crime”.   Putting the addresses of empty properties, or
confirming that a small number (less than five) of certain property types
are empty (residential or otherwise) would, in the Authority’s view,
compromise the security of the buildings concerned and would prejudice the
objectives of preventing criminal behaviour. We consider there is a
significant risk that releasing details of empty properties might lead to
burglary, arson or squatting. In relation to domestic and commercial empty
properties, there is also known use of such empty properties to commit
benefit fraud, identity fraud and money laundering.

 

Section 31 (1) (a)  is a qualified exemption to which the public interest
test must be applied. There do not appear to be any obvious public
interest considerations that would weigh in favour of disclosure beyond
that wherever possible it is in the public interest for them to have
access to information. There is however, in our view clear public interest
considerations that weigh in favour of not disclosing the information
since to do so would prejudice the objective of prevention of crime which
is of course in everyone’s interests. Having considered whether the public
interest weighs in favour of disclosure or non-disclosure in this instance
the Authority has decided that it is not in the public interest to release
such information.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to:

 

Complaints and Access to Information Team Email

[1][Enfield Council request email]

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF

 

Kind Regards,

 

Quinton Green

Complaints and Information Officer

Complaints and Information Team

Chief Executive Department

Enfield Council

Silver Street

Enfield

EN1 3XY

 

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