Freedom of Information Request - Long Term Empty Properties

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Dear Blaby 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 3rd 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) Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your Housing strategy?
4) Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction of empty properties?
5) How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during 2018

Yours faithfully,

Alex Arthur

Rebecca Taylor, Blaby District Council

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Dear Alex Arthur,

Freedom of Information Request – FOI-19-659

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Dear Alex Arthur,

Freedom of Information Request – FOI-19-659

Please find enclosed a response to your request for information, which was
received on 20/05/2019, and has been dealt with under the Freedom of
Information Act 200 (“the Act”).

1) Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty
Properties as of the 3rd May (those domestic properties which have been
empty for six months or older) - 327

2) What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake
around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019?
Blaby District Council proactively targets their empty properties from a
very early stage with a stepped approach. Upon notification of an empty
home at the one month stage, contact is made with the responsible person
to advise them what we can do to assist with getting the property back
into use. This includes offering the assistance of our Housing Options
Team should they want to find a tenant and invites them to contact us with
their intentions for the property. At three months empty, contact is made
again if we have not received a response and again at six months empty
when we will advise them of the formal options we have in relation to
tackling empties. We will also then carry out an external inspection in
order to assess its priority using factors such as how many years empty,
number of complaints, impact on local amenity etc. We also offer empty
homes grants and loans for works up to £10,000 on properties that have
been empty for longer than six months.
We have an internal working group comprising of several key members of
staff from different departments where we discuss those long term empties
that are particularly problematic and possibly require enforcement action.
The lead officer for empties also sits on a Leicestershire group
containing of Officers from other Authorities to discuss best practice.
We are in the process of taking formal enforcement (compulsory purchase
orders) on three of the highest scoring empty properties in our area and
our Revenues Section this year introduced a 100 percent premium on the
Council Tax charge for properties empty and unfurnished for a period of
two years therefore doubling the annual charge for the property.

3) Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your
Housing strategy? - It is included in the Private Housing and Empty Homes
Strategy, available on at:
[1]https://www.blaby.gov.uk/media/2348/priv...

4) Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction
of empty properties? - Yes for the aforementioned grants and loans

5) How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during 2018 -
£40814

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Information Governance Team, Blaby District Council

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