Empty housing in Tower Hamlets by status and compulsory purchases

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Dear Tower Hamlets Borough Council,

I am seeking information regarding empty properties in Tower Hamlets. I have reviewed a number of previous FOI requests and will endeavour to make queries which are not exempted under Section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

1. Could you let me know the number of private properties which have been empty for more than 12 months. Please could you provide this information broken down into the following categories:
a. Reason for vacancy, e.g. re-possessed, compulsorily purchased, prohibited
by law from occupation, or treated as a second home, or the last occupier
being deceased, bankrupt, away receiving or providing care, away as a
student, in detention, or resident in a hospital or residential care
home, etc. If this level of detail is not available then by council tax status.
b. Outward and district code of their postal code, i.e. E1, E2, etc. If it is deemed permissible please further segment this by sector, i.e. E1 6, E2 7, etc.
c. Residential of commercial property status, or if the level of detail is available, by actual use codes: i.e. C3 (dwellinghouse), A1 (shops), etc.
d. Length of time unoccupied: 1-2 years, 2-5 years, 5-10 years, 10+ years, or more detailed if available.

2. Could you let me know if any properties have been sold as a result of compulsory purchases or empty dwelling management orders since records began? If so, can you provide a list of sold prices and dates, If this level of detail is not available, please provide data from 2013 until today broken down by sales price: <£50k, <£100k, <£150k, <£200, <£300, etc.

Yours faithfully,

Steffen H

London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: 4221266

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Dear Mr Steffan
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 11 April
2016  requesting:

I am seeking information regarding empty properties in Tower Hamlets. I
have reviewed a number of previous FOI requests and will endeavour to make
queries which are not exempted under Section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

1. Could you let me know the number of private properties which have been
empty for more than 12 months. Please could you provide this information
broken down into the following categories:

a. Reason for vacancy, e.g. re-possessed, compulsorily purchased,
prohibited
by law from occupation, or treated as a second home, or the last occupier
being deceased, bankrupt, away receiving or providing care, away as a
student, in detention, or resident in a hospital or residential care home,
etc. If this level of detail is not available then by council tax status.

b. Outward and district code of their postal code, i.e. E1, E2, etc. If it
is deemed permissible please further segment this by sector, i.e. E1 6, E2
7, etc.

c. Residential of commercial property status, or if the level of detail is
available, by actual use codes: i.e. C3 (dwellinghouse), A1 (shops), etc.

d. Length of time unoccupied: 1-2 years, 2-5 years, 5-10 years, 10+ years,
or more detailed if available.

2. Could you let me know if any properties have been sold as a result of
compulsory purchases or empty dwelling management orders since records
began? If so, can you provide a list of sold prices and dates, If this
level of detail is not available, please provide data from 2013 until
today broken down by sales price: {£50k, {£100k, {£150k, {£200, {£300,
etc.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000  and we aim to send a response by 10 May 2016.
 
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Yours sincerely
 
 
Jane Jones
Admin Officer
Legal Services
020 7364 4736
[email address]
 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.

Dear London Borough of Tower Hamlets,

I note you have not replied to your FOI request Empty housing in Tower Hamlets by status and compulsory purchases promptly, as normally required by law.

This message is just a reminder to reply to my request.

Yours sincerely,

Steffen H

Jane Jones, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

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Information request
Our reference: 4221266

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Dear Mr Steffan
Your request for information has been considered under the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
I can confirm that the information requested is held by Tower Hamlets
Council and is attached to this email. 

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Yours sincerely
 
 
Jane Jones
Admin Officer
Legal Services
020 7364 4736
[email address]
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