Freedom of Information Request - Long Term Empty Properties

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Ashleigh Niamir

Dear Reading 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,

Ashleigh

Pritchard-Gordon, Nick, Reading Borough Council

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Dear Ashleigh Niamir,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

 

Thank you for your recent request received in this office on 14^th May
2019.

 

You have requested the following information under the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000:

 

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?

 

Our response is as follows:-

 

1.       It is not possible to confirm exactly how many homes are actually
empty at any one time. An unrefined count suggests that between 390 and
460 homes are correctly registered as LTE/LTEP.

2.       Please see attached Empty Homes Strategy.

3.       Yes. In-house.

4.       Yes.

5.       Yes

6.       Yes.

7.       £743,000 in 2018/19

8.       Yes.

 

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Director of Legal and Democratic Services, at Reading Borough Council.

 

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Director of Legal and Democratic Services, at Reading Borough Council.  If
you request such a review and are not content with its outcome, then you
have a 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

 

Yours sincerely

 

Nick Pritchard-Gordon - Empty Homes Officer - 0118 93 73091

Environmental Health - Reading Borough Council -Civic Offices. Bridge
Street. Reading. RG1 2LU

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