Freedom of Information Request - Long Term Empty Properties

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Ashleigh Niamir

Dear South Northamptonshire 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 Niamir

Admin, CCC (SNC), South Northamptonshire District Council

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Information Governance (SNC), South Northamptonshire District Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Reference FIS000203

 

Please find below the response to your request under the terms of 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) 165

 

2)      What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to
undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019? We
have a dedicated Empty Property Officer who actively works with owners of
long term empty properties. Letters and surveys are sent to all properties
at the point they have been empty over 6 months.  We seek to engage and
offer assistance to owners of longer term Empty Properties according to
the needs of the owners and property condition.  Where necessary we also
have enforcement powers as detailed on our website:
[1]https://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/info/2...
The Council has also taken the opportunity to introduce 100 per cent
premium on properties empty more than 2 years; further details can be
found online here:
[2]https://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/info/1...

 

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?  Yes, we have an in-house Empty Property Officer.

 

4)      If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review
every single long term property

All properties that have become empty after 6 months were written to and
asked to complete a survey which helps inform are priorities concentrating
on a specific number of longer term empty properties.

 

5)      Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of
your Housing strategy? Yes. We are currently updating our Housing
Strategy; details can be found here -
[3]https://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/news/a...

 

6)      Does the council have a budget in place to help support the
reduction of empty properties? Yes in addition to funding an empty
property Officer the Council has a capital reserve to cover the costs of
works associated with enforcement action as necessary.

 

7)      How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during
2018?  During 2018/19 the Council spent a net sum of £89245 on temporary
accommodation, after the collection of rents and HB.  Our figures are
calculated by financial year.

    

8)      Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty
property owners to help them bring properties back into use?

Yes, the Council offers a loan.

 

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South Northamptonshire Council

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