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Dear Oxford City 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 any policy regarding evictions?
16. Please provide copies of any Equality Impact Assessments which were carried out when formulating the policies in 14 and 15.
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

freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

Dear Mr Boyle,
 
Thank you for your email below.  Your request was received on 10th October
2019 and you will be sent a response within 20 working days (of receipt)
in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000/ Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), subject to the information not being
exempt or containing reference to a third party.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Kathryn Winfield
Freedom of Information Officer 
 
Kathryn Winfield | Freedom of Information Officer | Oxford City Council |
Law and Governance |
St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email: [email address]
| T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
 
 

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freedomofinformation, Oxford City Council

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Dear Mr Boyle,
 
Oxford City Council – Reference: 8699
Further to the acknowledgement below, I can respond to your Freedom of
Information Act 2000 request received on 10th October 2019 as follows:
 
1. Over the past twelve months, how many people have been evicted from
local authority property? - 34 evictions
2. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted people have been
licensees? - 8 licensees
3. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted people have been tenants?
- 24 tenants + 2 Use and occupation (family member with no succession
rights remaining in property after tenant has died)
4. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted tenants have had their
personal property disposed of by the local authority?
Q4-14 storage of goods left in the possession of a local authority is
regulated by the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 Part
XIII S41. All storage of goods by Oxford City Council is carried out in
accordance with the legislation, therefore there is no separate policy. We
cannot say how many storage garages were cleared where the void property
came about from an eviction. The storage list we keep does not distinguish
between evictions and other types of void.
Cost of storing is approximately £20 per week.
5. Over the past twelve months, how many evicted tenants have had their
personal property stored by the local authority? –Please see answer to
question 4 above
6. Over the past twelve months how many evicted ex-licensees have had
their personal property stored by the local authority? –Please see answer
to question 4 above
7. Over the past twelve months how many evicted ex-Council licensees have
had their personal property stored by the local authority? –Please see
answer to question 4 above
8. Please provide details of the average cost of storing an evicted
persons personal property? –Please see answer to question 4 above
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? –Please see answer to question 4 above
10. Under what circumstances does the local authority protect the personal
property of evicted persons? –Please see answer to question 4 above
11. Under what circumstances do the local authority dispose of the
personal property of evicted persons? –Please see answer to question 4
above
12. Under what legal basis does the local authority dispose of the
personal property of evicted persons? –Please see answer to question 4
above
13. Please detail when the local authority started disposing of evicted
persons personal property seven days after eviction? –Please see answer to
question 4 above
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? –Please see answer to question 4
above
15. Please disclose any policy regarding evictions? Q15 - 16  There is no
policy regarding evictions. We do however comply with the Homelessness
Reduction Act 2017 and ensure eviction is only carried out as the last
option. Please also see attached.
 
16. Please provide copies of any Equality Impact Assessments which were
carried out when formulating the policies in 14 and 15. –Please see answer
to question 15 above
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? - Only one relates to disposal of goods after an
eviction and that was in temporary accommodation.
 
If you disagree with any part of the response to your request, you are
entitled to ask the Council for an internal review of the decision(s)
made.  You may do this by writing to the Monitoring Officer, by either
email – [1][email address] – or by post to Monitoring Officer,
Oxford City Council, St Aldate’s Chambers, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DS. 
After the result of the internal review, if you remain dissatisfied, you
may ask the Information Commissioner to intervene on your behalf.  You may
do this by writing to the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Kathryn Winfield
Freedom of Information Officer 
 
Kathryn Winfield | Freedom of Information Officer | Oxford City Council |
Law and Governance |
St. Aldate's Chambers | Oxford | OX1 1DS | Email:
[2][email address] | T: 01865 252007
My working days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
 
 
 
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