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Dear Burnley Borough Council,

I am writing to you to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:


1) Can the council please confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Properties (Not paying council tax / business rates - Deemed Empty) as of the 4th November 2019 (Both domestic & commercial 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-onwards? Property acquired via adverse possession / compulsory purchase orders?
3) During 2018/2019 did you undertake any work around reducing your Long Term Empty Properties. If you did was this done using internal resources or third party organisations/contractors?
4) If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review every single long term property in the borough?
5) Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your housing/homelessness strategies?
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 2018/2019?
8) Does the council offer financial/legal support/assistance to Long Term Empty property owners to help them bring properties back into use?

9) As a result of the failed HCA / AAAW Ltd / Rossendale Council ‘Pennine Lancashire Empty Homes Programme’, how many vulnerable tenants were identified in your council's borough in AAAW Ltd properties at the time of their collapse and how many were offered housing support / advice following the legal limbo they were left in? Please provide all documentation / communications provided to tenants and any affiliated environmental health reports on the properties in question.

Yours faithfully,

Wesley Hall

Susan Kaewchaluay, Burnley Borough Council

Hello

 

Please find below the response to your Freedom of Information request
below:

 

1) Can the council please confirm their current number of Long Term Empty
Properties (Not paying council tax / business rates - Deemed Empty) as of
the
4th November 2019 (Both domestic & commercial properties which have been
empty for six months or older).

 

Domestic - 953 Commercial – 396

 

2) What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake
around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019-onwards? Property
acquired
via adverse possession / compulsory purchase orders?

 

Burnley Council undertakes a variety of measures when dealing with empty
properties. We plan to purchase by agreement and by compulsory means
around 20 properties this financial year and, in total, bring around 80
properties back in to use.

3) During 2018/2019 did you undertake any work around reducing your Long
Term Empty Properties. If you did was this done using internal resources
or third
party organisations/contractors?

 

Long term empty property review via Capacity Grid

Properties acquired were renovated and resold on the open market.
Renovations were tendered

 

 

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

 

Yes

 

 

5) Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your
housing/homelessness strategies?

 

    Yes

 

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

 

   Yes

 

7) How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during
2018/2019?

   £30,654.77

 

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

 

We offer advice, not legal support. We also have an interest free loan
available if the empty property is in one of our Selective Licensing areas

Council Tax Empty Property Renovation Scheme – cashback when property
renovated

 

 

9) As a result of the failed HCA / AAAW Ltd / Rossendale Council ‘Pennine
Lancashire Empty Homes Programme’, how many vulnerable tenants were
identified
in your council's borough in AAAW Ltd properties at the time of their
collapse
and
how many were offered housing support / advice following the legal limbo
they
were
left in? Please provide all documentation / communications provided to
tenants and
any affiliated environmental health reports on the properties in question.

 

     Burnley Borough Council do not hold this information. Calico took
over the management of the AAAW properties.

 

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If, following the review, you remain dissatisfied with the council's
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Information Commissioner at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire
SK9 5AF.

 

Regards

Susan Kaewchaluay

Freedom of Information

Link Officer

 

Susan Kaewchaluay
Team Support Officer
Housing & Dev Control

Ext 3196
01282 425011

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