Dear Kingston upon Thames 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?
Dear Ashleigh Niamir,
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST - REF NO
-F0771 (please quote in correspondence)
I acknowledge your request for information received on 15/05/2019 relating
to Long Term Empty Properties.
Your request is being considered and, if it is held, you will receive the
information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as
defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information
not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party.
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size. If you require alternative formats, e.g. language, audio, large
print, etc. then please let us know.
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information will not be released. You will be informed if this is the
case, including your rights of appeal.
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paid before the information is processed and released. The 20 working day
time limit is suspended until receipt of the payment.
Please be advised that in line with the Royal Borough of Kingston's
commitment to transparency, in due course an anonymous copy of your
request and our response may be published on our website.
Customer Experience Team.
Dear Ashleigh Niamir,
please find attached our response to your FOI Act request.
Policy, Service Development & Partnerships Officer
Royal Borough of Kingston
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