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Dear Doncaster Borough 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

Freedom of Information Requests, Doncaster Borough Council

Dear Alex

Re: Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request for information.

In order to retrieve the information you require I would be very grateful if you could confirm whether you are requesting information in relation to residential or commercial properties.

Once I am receipt of the clarification of your request I will arrange for a response to be sent to you within 20 working days of the date this is received.

Yours sincerely

Lucy McMahon
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate Resources
Doncaster Council

Phone 01302 736000
Address Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
Email [email address]
Website www.doncaster.gov.uk

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Dear Lucy,

To confirm, I am requesting details on residential properties.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Arthur

Oakley, Megan,

 
Dear Mr Arthur
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000
 
Thank you for your request dated 31 May 2019 for information about long
term empty properties.
 
The matter is being dealt with by Megan Oakley and you should receive a
response within 20 working days.
 
Reviewing any decisions made:
 
You can complain/appeal about any decisions made about your request.
 
You can do this in writing, by telephone or email to:
 
Customer Relations Team
St Leger Homes of Doncaster
St Leger Court
White Rose way
Doncaster
DN4 5ND
 
Telephone: 01302 862726
Email: [1][email address]
 
Or you can complain /appeal to the Information Commissioner for a decision
about our compliance or otherwise with the Data Protection Act
Legislation.  Please contact the Information Commissioner for details on
how to do this:
 
Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone: 01625 545700
Internet: [2]http://www.ico.gov.uk/
 
If you have any questions about this matter please contact me on 01302
862971.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
 
Megan Oakley
Customer Relations Officer
 

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Oakley, Megan,

Dear Mr Arthur
 
Information provided under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request dated 31 May 2019 for information about Long
Term Empty Properties.
 
St. Leger Homes is an Arms Length Management Organisation managing social
housing on behalf of Doncaster Council, therefore we will respond to your
request as follows:
 
Q.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).
 

 A. A total of 145 void properties were held as of 8 May 2019, of which 16
were older than a 6 month period.

Q.2)  What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to
undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019?
 
A.2)  Weekly meetings take place twice a week to monitor and share
information between teams on all void properties. Any void property
identified as being hard to let is re-visited by a member from the Empty
Homes Team. The property receives a further inspection to identify if any
additional work can be completed that will increase the chance of
re-letting it.
 
Q.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?
 
A.3)  Properties that become Long Term Voids usually received additional
repair work or decoration. Afterwards, additional photos are added onto
the property inspection sheet. We also on occasion offer a rent credit or
paint pack depending on the preference of the incoming tenant.
 
Q.4) If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review every
single long term property?
 
A.4) Yes.
 
Q.5)  Does the reduction of Empty Homes in the Council area form part of
your Housing strategy?
 
A.5) Yes, we have an Annual Delivery Plan. One of the actions is;
providing homes in neighbourhoods that people are proud to live in, we
will be a nationally recognised provider of housing services. Success is
measured by; the number of void properties held, our performance against
comparable organisations, rent loss from empty properties.
 
Q.6)  Does the council have a budget in place to help support the
reduction of empty properties?
 
A.6) The council has a strategy and a number of budgets to support the
reduction of empty properties. Operational budgets are in place for
homelessness prevention and targeted housing, and in terms of investment,
budgets are in place each year to enable the acquisition of empty private
properties in the Doncaster Borough and to also improve empty properties
within existing stock.
 
Q.7) How much did the council spend on Temporary Accommodation during
2018?
 
A.7) For the year ending 31 March 2019, expenditure was £387k on Temporary
Accommodation, comprising rent charged on properties used for Temporary
Accommodation, and charges for Bed and Breakfast accommodation.
 
Q.8) Does the Council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty
property owners to help them bring properties back into use?
 
A.8) No.
 
St. Leger Homes estimate that it has cost £75.00 to respond to this
request for information.
 
Reviewing any decisions made:
 
You can as us to review any decisions made about your request.  You do
this by writing to:
 
Customer Relations Manager
St. Leger Court
White Rose Way
Doncaster
DN4 5ND
E mail: [1][email address]
 
You can apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision about our
compliance or otherwise with the Freedom of Information legislation.
Please contact the Commissioner for details on how to do this:
 
Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Telephone 0303 123 1113
Internet: [2]http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk/
 
Should you have any questions about this matter please contact me on 01302
862971.
 
Yours sincerely
Megan Oakley
Customer Relations Officer
 

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