Freedom of Information Request - Long Term Empty Properties

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Dear Tameside Metropolitan 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,

Jaya Ryall

Freedom Of Information Requests, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Ryall,

 

Freedom of Information Request

Unique Reference No: FOI 8851

 

Thank you for your email received 13 May 2019 requesting information under
the Freedom of Information Act.  I understand your request to be 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)

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?

 

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Regards

 

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Dear Ms Ryall,

 

Request for Information – Freedom of Information

Unique Reference FOI 8851

 

Please find attached response in relation to your Freedom of Information
Request.

 

Kind regards,

 

On behalf of John Hughes

 

 

 

 

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