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Dear Enfield Council,

I would like to make a request under the freedom of inormation act.
I would like to see a list of all the abandoned houses that are available in enfield Borough.

Yours faithfully,

Ricardo

complaintsandinformation, Enfield Council

Thank you for your email.

We will respond as soon as possible.

Regards,

Complaints and Access to Information Team,
Enfield Council.

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Dear Enfield Council,

My response is long overdue.

Yours faithfully,

Ricardo

complaintsandinformation, Enfield Council

Classification: OFFICIAL
Dear Ricardo

Please see the response below that was sent to your request below on 18th December 2017.

Many Thanks

Nancy Wilson
Complaints and Access to Information Coordinator- Gateway Services
Finance, Resources and Customer Services
0208 379 2729
Enfield Council
Dugdale Centre
39 London Road
Enfield
EN2 6DS

Enfield Council is committed to serving the whole Borough fairly, delivering excellent services and building strong communities.

From: complaintsandinformation
Sent: 18 December 2017 13:17
To: [email address]
Subject: FOI 3275 [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Classification: OFFICIAL
Dear Ricardo

Thank you for your email dated 15 December 2017 where you requested information about derelict properties.
Request
I would like to see a list of all the abandoned houses that are available in enfield Borough.

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

Section 31 (1a) of the Freedom of Information Act applies to this request. 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 (residential or otherwise) within the borough into the public domain 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.

Section 31 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 – [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
Theresa Willard
Complaints and Access to Information Coordinator- Gateway Services
Finance, Resources and Customer Services
Enfield Council
Thomas Hardy House
39 London Road
Enfield
EN2 6DS

Email: [email address]

‘Enfield Council is committed to serving the whole borough fairly, delivering excellent services and building strong communities.’

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