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Dear Haringey Borough Council,

1. Over the past twelve months, how many people have been evicted from local authority property?
2. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted people have been licensees?
3. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted people have been tenants?
4. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted tenants have had their personal property disposed of by the local authority?
5. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted tenants have had their personal property stored by the local authority?
6. Over the past twelve months how many evicted ex-licensees have had their personal property stored by the local authority?
7. Over the past twelve months how many evicted ex-Council licensees have had their personal property stored by the local authority?
8. Please provide details of the average cost of storing an evicted persons personal property?
9. Please provide details of the average length of time that evicted persons have their personal property stored by the local authority over the past twelve months?
10. Under what circumstances does the local authority protect the personal property of evicted persons?
11. Under what circumstances do the local authority dispose of the personal property of evicted persons?
12. Under what legal basis does the local authority dispose of the personal property of evicted persons?
13. Please detail when the local authority started disposing of evicted persons personal property seven days after eviction?
14. Please disclose any policy documents or guidance issued to housing officers regarding disposing of personal property left behind by ex-Council tenants in Council property?
15. Please disclose your evictions policy?
16. Please disclose any Equality Impact Assessments which were carried out in respect of formulating your evictions policy ?
17. Please detail over the past three years, the number of complaints that have been made by evicted persons because of the Council’s disposal of their personal property?

Yours faithfully,
Jonathan Boyle

ComplaintsHFH,

Dear Mr Boyle
 
Freedom of Information Request: Reference LBH/9215019
 
I acknowledge your request for information received on 08 October 2019.
This information request will be dealt with in accordance with the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 and we will send the response by 05 November 2019.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Denica Benfield I Feedback Officer
Homes for Haringey
4^th Floor | 48 Station Road | London | N22 7TY
Tel: 0208 489 5611(Option 1)
E: [1][email address]
 

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Jones Linda,

 

 

Dear Boyle      

 

LBH/9215019

 

Freedom of Information Act Request

 

Thank you for your email dated 08 October 2019

 

The information requested is below and attached:

 

1. Over the past twelve months, how many people have been evicted from
local authority property?

• HFH Income Collection managed properties =

27 evictions have been carried out for rent arrears or unauthorised
occupancy. There is no central record of evictions for other purposes such
as anti-social behaviour.

 

2. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted people have been
licensees?

• HFH Income Collection managed properties =

20 evictions in the past 12 months for rent arrears, No evictions are of
licensees

 

3. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted people have been tenants?

• 20.

 

4. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted tenants have had their
personal property disposed of by the local authority?

• We do not hold this information.

 

5. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted tenants have had their
personal property stored by the local authority?

• 7

 

6. Over the past twelve months how many evicted ex-licensees have had
their personal property stored by the local authority?

•None

 

 

7. Over the past twelve months how many evicted ex-Council licensees have
had their personal property stored by the local authority?

• None

 

8. Please provide details of the average cost of storing an evicted
persons personal property?

• We do not record this information.

 

9. Please provide details of the average length of time that evicted
persons have their personal property stored by the local authority over
the past twelve months?

• We do not record this information.

 

10. Under what circumstances does the local authority protect the personal
property of evicted persons?

•All goods of value left in properties following eviction, are managed
under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, s41, and
are stored for at least 28 days

 

11. Under what circumstances do the local authority dispose of the
personal property of evicted persons?

• 1.)when the former tenant has failed to contact  Homes for Haringey or
the storage company to make arrangements to collect their items within 28
days. 2.)When it would be unsafe for the contractors to remove the items
from the property due to Health & safety reasons such as evidence of drug
use (needles) or animal or human faeces etc. 3.) following the expiry of a
Section 41 Notice.

 

12. Under what legal basis does the local authority dispose of the
personal property of evicted persons?

• HFH dispose of the personal property of evicted persons under  Section
41 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

 

13. Please detail when the local authority started disposing of evicted
persons personal property seven days after eviction?

• This is not our policy or practice. All goods of value left in
properties are managed under the Local Government (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Act 1982, s41, and are stored for at least 28 days

 

14. Please disclose any policy documents or guidance issued to housing
officers regarding disposing of personal property left behind by
ex-Council tenants in Council property?

• We currently do not hold a separate eviction policy as the decision to
evict is contained within our internal reporting mechanisms and processes.
However we are reviewing this and will be happy to update you by sharing
any eviction policy or a policy that contains our approach to eviction
once is approved. We expect this to take place by the end of January.

 

15. Please disclose your evictions policy?

 • We currently do not hold a separate eviction policy as the decision to
evict is contained within our internal reporting mechanisms and processes.
However we are reviewing this and will be happy to update you by sharing
any eviction policy or a policy that contains our approach to eviction
once is approved. We expect this to take place by the end of January.

 

 

16. Please disclose any Equality Impact Assessments which were carried out
in respect of formulating your evictions policy ?

• Unable to locate any Equality Impact Assessments.

 

17. Please detail over the past three years, the number of complaints that
have been made by evicted persons because of the Council’s disposal of
their personal property?

• Unable to answer this question. We do not we don’t record this level of
detail

 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me on 020 8489
1092 or email at [1]mailto:[email address]

 

If you are unhappy with how we have dealt with your request and wish to
make a complaint, please contact the Feedback and Information Governance
Team as below. (Please note you should do this within two months of
receiving this response.)   

 

Feedback and Information Governance Team 5th floor, Alex House,

10 Station Road,

N22 7TR

Email: [2]mailto:[email address]

Phone: 0208 489 1988

 

You may also complain to the Information Commissioner's office, which may
be able to help you.  However they would normally expect the local
authority to have undertaken a complaint investigation or Internal Review
of the request before they will accept the referral. 

 

You can contact the Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Phone help line:    0303 123 1113

Fax:  01625 545510

Website:     [3]http://www.ico.gov.uk

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Linda Jones | Feedback Team Leader

 

Homes for Haringey

4th Floor | 48 Station Road | London | N22 7TY

 

Tel: 020 8489 1092

E: [4]mailto:[email address]

 

[5]http://www.homesforharingey.org/

[6]https://twitter.com/homes4haringey

 

[7]https://www.homesforharingey.org/contact...

 

 

 

_____________________________________________

From: Benfield Denica <[8]mailto:[email address]> On
Behalf Of ComplaintsHFH

Sent: 09 October 2019 13:54

To: '[FOI #609470 email]'
<[9]mailto:[FOI #609470 email]>

Cc: FeedbackHFH <[10]mailto:[email address]>

Subject: LBH/9215019 Evictions and Personal Property Freedom of
Information Request Acknowledgment

 

 

Dear Mr Boyle

 

Freedom of Information Request: Reference LBH/9215019

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 08 October 2019.

This information request will be dealt with in accordance with the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 and we will send the response by 05 November 2019.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Denica Benfield I Feedback Officer

Homes for Haringey

4th Floor | 48 Station Road | London | N22 7TY

Tel: 0208 489 5611(Option 1)

E: [11]mailto:[email address]

 

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Jones Linda,

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Jones Linda,

 

Dear Mr Boyle      

 

LBH/9215019

 

Freedom of Information Act Request

 

Thank you for your email dated 08 October 2019

 

The information requested is below:

 

1. Over the past twelve months, how many people have been evicted from
local authority property?

• HFH Income Collection managed properties =

27 evictions have been carried out for rent arrears or unauthorised
occupancy. There is no central record of evictions for other purposes such
as anti-social behaviour.

 

2. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted people have been
licensees?

• HFH Income Collection managed properties =

20 evictions in the past 12 months for rent arrears, No evictions are of
licensees

 

3. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted people have been tenants?

• 20.

 

4. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted tenants have had their
personal property disposed of by the local authority?

• We do not hold this information.

 

5. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted tenants have had their
personal property stored by the local authority?

• 7

 

6. Over the past twelve months how many evicted ex-licensees have had
their personal property stored by the local authority?

•None

 

 

7. Over the past twelve months how many evicted ex-Council licensees have
had their personal property stored by the local authority?

• None

 

8. Please provide details of the average cost of storing an evicted
persons personal property?

• We do not record this information.

 

9. Please provide details of the average length of time that evicted
persons have their personal property stored by the local authority over
the past twelve months?

• We do not record this information.

 

10. Under what circumstances does the local authority protect the personal
property of evicted persons?

•All goods of value left in properties following eviction, are managed
under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, s41, and
are stored for at least 28 days

 

11. Under what circumstances do the local authority dispose of the
personal property of evicted persons?

• 1.)when the former tenant has failed to contact  Homes for Haringey or
the storage company to make arrangements to collect their items within 28
days. 2.)When it would be unsafe for the contractors to remove the items
from the property due to Health & safety reasons such as evidence of drug
use (needles) or animal or human faeces etc. 3.) following the expiry of a
Section 41 Notice.

 

12. Under what legal basis does the local authority dispose of the
personal property of evicted persons?

• HFH dispose of the personal property of evicted persons under  Section
41 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982.

 

13. Please detail when the local authority started disposing of evicted
persons personal property seven days after eviction?

• This is not our policy or practice. All goods of value left in
properties are managed under the Local Government (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Act 1982, s41, and are stored for at least 28 days

 

14. Please disclose any policy documents or guidance issued to housing
officers regarding disposing of personal property left behind by
ex-Council tenants in Council property?

• We currently do not hold a separate eviction policy as the decision to
evict is contained within our internal reporting mechanisms and processes.
However we are reviewing this and will be happy to update you by sharing
any eviction policy or a policy that contains our approach to eviction
once is approved. We expect this to take place by the end of January.

 

15. Please disclose your evictions policy?

 • We currently do not hold a separate eviction policy as the decision to
evict is contained within our internal reporting mechanisms and processes.
However we are reviewing this and will be happy to update you by sharing
any eviction policy or a policy that contains our approach to eviction
once is approved. We expect this to take place by the end of January.

 

 

16. Please disclose any Equality Impact Assessments which were carried out
in respect of formulating your evictions policy ?

• Unable to locate any Equality Impact Assessments.

 

17. Please detail over the past three years, the number of complaints that
have been made by evicted persons because of the Council’s disposal of
their personal property?

• Unable to answer this question. We do not we don’t record this level of
detail

 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me on 020 8489
1092 or email at [1]mailto:[email address]

 

If you are unhappy with how we have dealt with your request and wish to
make a complaint, please contact the Feedback and Information Governance
Team as below. (Please note you should do this within two months of
receiving this response.)   

 

Feedback and Information Governance Team 5th floor, Alex House,

10 Station Road,

N22 7TR

Email: [2]mailto:[email address]

Phone: 0208 489 1988

 

You may also complain to the Information Commissioner's office, which may
be able to help you.  However they would normally expect the local
authority to have undertaken a complaint investigation or Internal Review
of the request before they will accept the referral. 

 

You can contact the Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Phone help line:    0303 123 1113

Fax:  01625 545510

Website:     [3]http://www.ico.gov.uk

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Linda Jones | Feedback Team Leader

 

Homes for Haringey

4th Floor | 48 Station Road | London | N22 7TY

 

Tel: 020 8489 1092

E: [4]mailto:[email address]

 

[5]http://www.homesforharingey.org/

[6]https://twitter.com/homes4haringey

 

[7]https://www.homesforharingey.org/contact...

 

 

 

_____________________________________________

From: Benfield Denica <[8]mailto:[email address]> On
Behalf Of ComplaintsHFH

Sent: 09 October 2019 13:54

To: '[FOI #609470 email]'
<[9]mailto:[FOI #609470 email]>

Cc: FeedbackHFH <[10]mailto:[email address]>

Subject: LBH/9215019 Evictions and Personal Property Freedom of
Information Request Acknowledgment

 

 

Dear Mr Boyle

 

Freedom of Information Request: Reference LBH/9215019

 

I acknowledge your request for information received on 08 October 2019.

This information request will be dealt with in accordance with the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 and we will send the response by 05 November 2019.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Denica Benfield I Feedback Officer

Homes for Haringey

4th Floor | 48 Station Road | London | N22 7TY

Tel: 0208 489 5611(Option 1)

E: [11]mailto:[email address]

 

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