Empty Property List

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Dear Stockport Borough Council,

I am looking for a list of long term empty property lists within the councils 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 address.

Yours faithfully,

Andrew

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Andrew,

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Please provide this by return email to enable us to process your request.

Yours sincerely,

Claire Naven

Claire Naven

Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Claire,

My name is Andrew Boyd, of you require my full postal address please email [email address].

Yours sincerely,

Andrew

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Boyd,

I am writing in response to your request for information below (Ref 2747).

Please find attached a list of commercial premises in Stockport which are
being marketed by agents. Please note that these properties are not
necessarily derelict or vacant and do not include vacant empty premises
which are not being marketed; however this is the only information we are
able to provide. You can also search this database yourself at
[1]www.move2stockport.com.

Also attached is a list of all the domestic properties which have been
empty for at least six months as of 31 December 2009 (the latest available
information) and are owned by organisations/companies. There are 472 in
total. As you may be aware, there is no such thing as a definitive list of
empty properties within the borough and our knowledge of empty properties
comes from complaints from local residents/elected members together with
data imported from Council Tax.

On 1 April every year, Strategic Housing obtains a list of all properties
where the 50% Council Tax discount has been claimed for more than six
months. This list contains property and ownership details together with a
date when the house/flat was last occupied and is solely used to support
figures included in Government statistical returns in case the Council
audited at a later date. Obviously the accuracy of this data diminishes
with time as properties are continually brought back into use or meet the
six-month qualifying criteria.

The attached list contains information about properties which are owned by
parties other than private individuals only. This information has been
disclosed in line with the Information Tribunal's ruling in the case of
the London Borough of Bexley. For the avoidance of doubt, we consider that
information relating to individuals or properties owned by individuals
constitutes personal data as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998;
therefore the information is exempt in line with section 40(2) of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). As you may be aware, personal data
are exempt information if the disclosure of those data would contravene
any of the data protection principles. The first data protection principle
requires the Council to process personal data fairly and we maintain that
disclosing these personal data would be unfair to the data subjects;
therefore it would contravene the first principle. On this basis, the
information is exempt.

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Yours sincerely,

Claire Naven

Claire Naven

Data Protection & Freedom of Information Officer

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Claire,

Thanks for such a quick and authoritative response to my enquiry.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew