Freedom of Information Request - Long Term Empty Properties

Alex Arthur made this Freedom of Information request to Aylesbury Vale District Council

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Dear Aylesbury Vale 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

Records, Aylesbury Vale District Council

Dear Mr Arthur

 

Thank you for your information request to Aylesbury Vale District Council
(AVDC).

 

Please note that AVDC no longer owns any social housing stock. On 19 July
2006, the Council’s housing stock was transferred from AVDC to the Vale of
Aylesbury Housing Trust (VAHT), a completely separate organisation. We do
not hold the information you require for questions 1-4 therefore.

 

VAHT's contact details can be found on their webpage as follows:

 

[1]https://www.vaht.co.uk/contact-us

We shall respond to questions 5 - 8 by 7 June 2019.

Kind regards

Francisca Harpur

Information Compliance Officer

Corporate Governance

Business Strategy & Support

Aylesbury Vale District Council
The Gateway
Gatehouse Road
Aylesbury
Bucks 
HP19 8FF

Tel: 01296 585771

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From: Alex Arthur <[FOI #575489 email]>
Sent: Thursday, May 9, 2019 04:58 PM
To: Records
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Freedom of Information Request -
Long Term Empty Properties
 
Dear Aylesbury Vale 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

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Dear Mr Arthur

Please find attached the response to your Freedom of Information request.

Please note that our Environmental Health team interpreted your request in
a different way to me.  I thought you only meant empty properties owned by
Aylesbury Vale District Council, not empty properties as a whole.  If you
meant the latter, please accept my apologies. 

The response I'm attaching refers to long-term empty properties across the
Aylesbury Vale whether owned by an individual, a company or a housing
association.

Kind regards

Francisca Harpur

Information Compliance Officer

Corporate Governance

Business Strategy & Support

Aylesbury Vale District Council
The Gateway
Gatehouse Road
Aylesbury
Bucks 
HP19 8FF

Tel: 01296 585771

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