Freedom of Information Request - Long Term Empty Properties

Ashleigh Niamir made this Freedom of Information request to Sedgemoor District Council

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Ashleigh Niamir

Dear Sedgemoor 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,

Ashleigh

Emily Webber, Sedgemoor District Council

Thank you for your request for information about Long Term Empty Properties. Your request was received on 14th May 2019 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000/ Environmental Information Regulations.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.

Emily Webber
Paralegal Apprentice

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foi, Sedgemoor District Council

Thank you for your request.
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) 349
2) What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019? Assistance through our preferred agent to bring empty properties back into use through grant assistance. Proactive door knocking and data anlysis.
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? Third party and internal.
4) If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review every single long term property No
5) Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your Housing strategy? Yes
6) Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction of empty properties? Yes
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? Yes
If you are dissatisfied with this response you can ask for a review, which will be dealt with through the Council's complaints procedure.
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the Council's review you have the right to refer the matter to the Information Commissioner's Office at The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF

Amanda Gibbs
Records Manager

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