Freedom of Information Request - Long Term Empty Properties

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Dear Derbyshire Dales District Council,

I am writing to you to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1) Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Properties as of the 8th May (those domestic properties which have been empty for six months or older)
2) What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019?
3) During 2018 did you undertake any work around reducing your Long Term Empty Properties. If you did was this done using internal resource or a third party?
4) If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review every single long term property
5) Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your Housing strategy?
6) Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction of empty properties?
7) How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during 2018?
8) Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty property owners to help them bring properties back into use?

Yours faithfully,

Alex Arthur

FOI Team, Derbyshire Dales District Council

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FOI Team, Derbyshire Dales District Council

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Information Act 2000 received on 17/05/2019, which has been passed to the
relevant section.

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FOI Team, Derbyshire Dales District Council

Dear Alex Arthur

Thank you for your recent request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. The answer to your question is as follows:

 

1) Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty
Properties as of the 8th May (those domestic properties which have been
empty for six months or older) We do not have a record of the number of
“long term empty properties” as at 8^th May. Would the number as at a date
as close to the 8^th May as we hold be acceptable? If this is acceptable
please contact the council’s local taxation manager, Steven King,
(steven.king@derbyshiredales,gov.uk) directly to obtain the information.
If this is not acceptable please contact Steven King directly to discuss
what information can be provided.

 

2) What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake
around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019? DDDC adopted the
Empty Homes Premium from April 2019, charging 100% additional council tax
on homes empty and unfurnished for more than 2 years. A review of the
effectiveness of this policy and other options will be undertaken in
September 2019

3) During 2018 did you undertake any work around reducing your Long Term
Empty Properties. If you did was this done using internal resource or a
third party? Using an internal resource each empty property had a visit
from an officer to check whether the property was empty, furnished,
occupied or a 2^nd home

4) If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review every
single long term property? Yes

5) Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your
Housing strategy? Yes

6) Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction
of empty properties? No

7) How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during 2018?
£12,408

8) Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty
property owners to help them bring properties back into use? No, we have
looked at this option and the effectiveness of the approach in other
authorities similar to the Derbyshire Dales. We will consider the option
again in September as part of the review

 

 

This response has been provided by Tim Braund (Regulatory Services), Rob
Cogings (Housing), Steven King (Arvato),

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 within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to: Sandra Lamb, Head of Corporate
Services, Town Hall, Matlock Derbyshire DE4 3NN.

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.
 
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Yours sincerely
Caroline Leatherday

Freedom of Information Officer
Derbyshire Dales District Council
Town Hall | Matlock | Derbyshire, DE4 3NN
tel (01629) 761100 | fax (01629) 761148

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