Empty Houses

Ryan Wood made this Freedom of Information request to Hartlepool Council

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The request was refused by Hartlepool Council.

Dear Hartlepool Council,

I am looking for a list of long term empty residential properties within the Council area. Would you be able to supply me with these under the Freedom of Information Act? A spreadsheet will suffice, I require no personal information simply the property addresses including postcode.

I am also looking for the owner's registered address if they do not live at the property as it is empty.

Yours faithfully,

Ryan Wood

Freedomofinformation, Hartlepool Council

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FOI Responses, Hartlepool Council

Dear Ryan,


Further to your request for information, I can advice:


Under section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act, an exemption
applies where disclosure would be likely to prejudice a range of
investigations and conduct, including the prevention and detection of


Revealing the addresses of the buildings would be likely to provide an
opportunity for criminal acts to be committed. As the properties are
unoccupied, there is a risk that if the addresses were released, it may
encourage criminal offences, for example, theft. Taking into account the
above issues, the council considers that there is no over-riding public
interest in releasing the information requested. Any public interest would
be best served by upholding the exemption under Section 31 of the Act as
disclosure of the information would be likely to prejudice the prevention
of crime by enabling or encouraging the commission of offences.


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 to [1][email address] within two months of the
date of receipt of the response to your original request.


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, [2]www.ico.org.uk



Kind regards


Jake Barras | Legal Assistant

Hartlepool Borough Council

Tel: (01429) 401997

Email: [3][email address]

Secure Email: [4][email address]


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