Dear Sheffield City Council,

1. How many properties in Sheffield are currently empty, and how many of these are council owned?

2. How many council owned properties have been empty for more than six months in the years:
- 2015
- 2016
- 2017
- 2018
- Currently

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

5. Of what date were these figures for current empty properties collected?

Yours faithfully,

Kasey Smith

FOI, Sheffield City Council

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Dear Kasey Smith,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Long term
empty properties which we received on 17/07/2019.

 

This has been logged as a Freedom of Information Request, and will be
dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act.  The reference number for
your request can be found above.

 

The Freedom of Information Act states that we must respond to you within
20 working days, therefore, you should expect to hear a response from us
by 14/08/2019.

 

In the meantime, if you have any queries please, contact us at the email
address below.

 

Thank you.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sheffield City Council

PO Box 1283

Sheffield, S1 1UJ

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FOI, Sheffield City Council

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Dear Kasey Smith,

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to Long term empty
properties which we received on 17/07/2019.

 

Before we can continue to process your Freedom of Information Request, we
would like to clarify what information you require.

 

Please could you clarify whether your request relates to residential or
commercial properties?

 

The Freedom of Information Act states that we must respond to a Freedom of
Information request within 20 working days, however, the 20 working days
do not include any time spent clarifying a request.  Therefore, once we
have received your clarification, we can continue processing your request
within this time frame.

 

You can provide your clarification by writing to the address above,
emailing [2][Sheffield City Council request email] or by telephoning 0114 2734567 and asking
for the Information and Knowledge Management Team.

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Sheffield City Council

PO Box 1283

Sheffield, S1 1UJ

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Dear FOI,

It refers to residential properties that are owned by the council.

Thanks,

Kasey Smith

FOI, Sheffield City Council

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Dear Kasey Smith,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information relating to Long term
empty properties which we received on 17/07/2019.

 

Please find below, Sheffield City Council’s response to your request:

 

1.    How many properties in Sheffield are currently empty, and how many
of these are council owned?

 

As at 31 July 2019 there were 2552 dwellings that were classed as empty
and had been for 6 months or more.

 

As at the 9 August 2019, reports show 253 of those are council owned
properties.

 

2. How many council owned properties have been empty for more than six
months in the years:

- 2015

- 2016

- 2017

- 2018

- Currently

 

Sheffield City Council does not hold figures from each of the years
requested.

 

As at the 9 ^ August 2019, reports show that there are 253 council-owned
empty properties that have been empty for 6 months or more.

 

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

 

Sheffield City Council (SCC) writes to all owners of empty properties
across the city to offer advice and assistance in bringing their
properties back into occupation. Additionally, where complaints are
received about the condition of long term empty properties, SCC uses a
range of enforcement powers aimed at both reducing the negative impact
caused by long term empties along with bringing them back into use. These
powers include legal notices to remedy eyesore situations, fly tipping,
insecurity, defective drainage, statutory nuisance and, as a last resort,
use of compulsory purchase orders.

 

5. Of what date were these figures for current empty properties collected?

 

As advised above.

 

 

If you have any queries about this response, please do not hesitate to
contact us.

 

If you are unhappy with the response you have received in relation to your
request, you are entitled to have this reviewed.  You can ask for an
internal review by either writing to the above address or by emailing
[2][Sheffield City Council request email].  Internal review requests should be submitted
within 40 working days from the date of this response.

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of your internal review, you
can contact the Information Commissioners Office. The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner's Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone 0303
123 1113, or for further details see their website [3]www.ico.org.uk

 

Kind Regards,

 

Sheffield City Council

PO Box 1283

Sheffield, S1 1UJ

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

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