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Compliance with tenancy deposit schemes

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Dear Magherafelt District Council,

Please have your Environmental Health department detail the
following information for the period 1/04/2013 to 31/12/2013. If
possible, please provide the data totals for each month.

The number of landlords reported for non-compliance with the
Tenancy Deposit Schemes Regulations (NI)2012.
The number of landlords who actually failed to comply with the
legislation.
The number of landlords who failed to comply who were not issued
with a fixed penalty or prosecuted.
The number of landlords issued with a fixed penalty for non
compliance.
Number of landlords prosecuted for failure to comply.
Highest, lowest and average fixed penalty paid by landlords or
agents who failed to comply.

Yours faithfully,

E Farrell

Maria Dale, Magherafelt District Council

Dear E Farrell

Thank you for your email which we received on the 16 January 2014 regarding Compliance with tenancy deposit schemes.
Your request has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
I can advise that this Council is not responsible for housing or landlords. Therefore we do not hold the information you have requested. In Northern Ireland Housing is the responsibility of the Housing Executive and this budget is allocated to that Department. You may wish to contact:
The Records Officer
5th Floor
The Housing Centre,
NIHE, 2 Adelaide Street
Belfast BT2 8PB
Telephone 02890240588
e-mail [email address]

I trust that you will find the response satisfies the duty of disclosure imposed by the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, I would advise you that if you are unhappy with the response or if you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request you have the right to seek a review of this matter by writing to:

The Chief Executive
Magherafelt District Council
50 Ballyronan Road
Magherafelt
BT45 6EN

If after such a review you are still unhappy with the response, you have the right to appeal to the Information Commissioner who will undertake an independent review. The Information Commissioner may be contacted at the following address:

Information Commissioner's Officer
51 Adelaide Street
BELFAST
BT2 8FE

There is no charge for making an appeal.

Regards

Maria Dale
Policy and Development Officer
Magherafelt District Council -50 Ballyronan Road - Magherafelt - BT45 6EN
T: (028) 79397979 - - F: (028) 79397980 -
W: www.magherafelt.gov.uk E: [email address]

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Dear Magherafelt District Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Magherafelt District Council's handling of my FOI request 'Compliance with tenancy deposit schemes'.

The Housing (Amendment) Act (NI) 2011 amended the Private Tenancies Order (NI) 2006 to insert a requirement to set up a Tenancy Deposit
Scheme. District councils are responsible for enforcing the Private Tenancies Order.

According to the Department for Social Development website "A tenant can report a landlord to the local council if they fail to submit deposits to an approved scheme and/or provide information to the tenant within the specified time limits. Councils will have the
power to issue fixed penalties in these cases."

http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/tenancy-deposit....

Can you please pass this request to your Environmental Health Department or advise why your Environmental Health Department has refused the request?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

E Farrell

Maria Dale, Magherafelt District Council

Dear E Farrell

Thank you for your email which we received on the regarding Compliance with tenancy deposit schemes.

We sincerely apologise for inadvertently providing the wrong response.

Your request has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Figures for the period 1/4/13 to 31/12/13 are as set out below

The number of landlords reported for non-compliance with the Tenancy Deposit Schemes Regulations (NI)2012.

Complaints received by month April 2013 to end December 2013

April 2013 0
May 2013 0
June 2013 0
July 2014 0
August 2013 1
September 2013 0
October 2013 0
November 2013 3
December 2013 1

The number of landlords who actually failed to comply with the legislation.

Insufficient evidence to prove non compliance in all cases to date - issues resolved informally / complaints withdrawn

The number of landlords who failed to comply who were not issued with a fixed penalty or prosecuted.
N/A

The number of landlords issued with a fixed penalty for non compliance.
N/A

Number of landlords prosecuted for failure to comply.
N/A

Highest, lowest and average fixed penalty paid by landlords or agents who failed to comply.
N/A

I trust that you will find the response satisfies the duty of disclosure imposed by the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, I would advise you that if you are unhappy with the response or if you are unhappy with the way we have handled your request you have the right to seek a review of this matter by writing to:

The Chief Executive
Magherafelt District Council
50 Ballyronan Road
Magherafelt
BT45 6EN

If after such a review you are still unhappy with the response, you have the right to appeal to the Information Commissioner who will undertake an independent review. The Information Commissioner may be contacted at the following address:

Information Commissioner's Officer
51 Adelaide Street
BELFAST
BT2 8FE

There is no charge for making an appeal.

Regards

Maria Dale
Policy and Development Officer
Magherafelt District Council -50 Ballyronan Road - Magherafelt - BT45 6EN
T: (028) 79397979 - - F: (028) 79397980 -
W: www.magherafelt.gov.uk E: [email address]

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