Dear Islington Borough Council,
Can someone please answer how many leasehold council property in Islington have been sold on by the original leaseholder?
I believe the legal department should have that info as leaseholders have to register any lease transfer with Islington council their landlord.
I first asked this question on 6 Nov 2009, as FOI request 286354 and have been waiting 16 months since then for a proper reply.
30/11/2010 FOI request 286354 - how many council property leases have been sold on by the original leasee??
To: Kit Good (FOI)
Hi Kit , Any news? cheers charles
Subject: RE: FOI request 286354 - how many council property leases have been sold on by the original leasee?
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2010 16:57:23 +0100
From: "Good, Kit
I am very sorry for the huge delay on responding to this and your need
to chase me on it. Previously the Planning department and Homes For
Islington were the departments that provided the basis of my response.
I am contacting the legal department to see if they hold any relevant
information on this and hope to respond to you soon.
Once more, apologies.
Technology, Records and Information Manager
Technology Solutions Group
London Borough of Islington
Sent: 11 August 2010 17:49
To: Good, Kit
Subject: FOI request 286354 - how many council property leases have been
sold on by the original leasee?
Do you have a response for this? please
>Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:58:43 +0100
>To: "Good, Kit
>Subject: FOI request 286354 - how many council property leases have
>been sold on by the original leasee?
>Do you have a response for this?
>>Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 22:25:19 +0000
>>To: "Good, Kit
>>Subject: FOI request 286354 - how many council property leases have
>>been sold on by the original leasee?
>>Dear Kit Good,
>>Thanks fro the response so far.
>>As the council as landlord need to give its consent for the sales
>>or transfer of a lease, how come the council does not know how many
>>of its council property leases have been sold on by the original
>>>Subject: FOI request 286354
>>>Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2009 16:56:03 -0000
>>>Thread-Topic: FOI request 286354
>>>From: "Good, Kit
>>>FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF No: 286354
>>>Thank you for your information request, received on.
>>>You requested the following information:
>>>1) How many leaseholders there are in the LBI?
>>>2) How many of those Leaseholder bought under the "Right to buy" process
>>>3) How many leaseholders have bought on the open market (from
>>>leaseholders who bought under the "Right to buy" process).?
>>>I have consulted our housing and legal departments and can provide the
>>>following response. The council currently has 9460 leaseholders. We
>>>cannot identify how many of these were purchased under the "Right to
>>>buy" process. The council also does not hold information on how many
>>>leaseholders bought from other leaseholders under the "Right to buy"
>>>If you have a complaint about the handling of this information request,
>>>please contact: Jeremy Tuck, Chief Information Officer, Corporate
>>>Further information is also available from the Information
>>>Technology, Records and Information Manager
>>>Technology Solutions Group
>>>London Borough of Islington
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The Information Governance team
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3. mailto:[Islington Borough Council request email]
Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request, received on 18
March. Your request has been processed, and your unique reference number
is 372725. Please make note of this reference number should you need to
contact us about your request.
Our team has sent your request to the appropriate service area within
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Information Compliance Manager
Corporate Resources - Technology Solutions Group Islington Council 60
Highbury New Park, London N2 2DJ
Dear Mr Cosh,
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF No: 372725
Thank you for your information request, received on 18 March.
In your request, you asked us:
How many council property leases have been sold on by the original leasee?
I have consulted our Legal Department and can provide the following response:
The council holds information falling within the description specified in your request. However, we estimate that the cost of complying with your request would exceed an appropriate cost limit to locate, retrieve and gather. This has been set at £450 and represents the estimated cost of one person spending 2½ working days in locating, retrieving and extracting the information. (For more information about the council's fees notice, please see our Fees Notice available on our website.)
Under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act, the council is not obliged to comply with your request. We would still, however, like to assist you. If you are able to narrow the criteria of your request, it is more likely that we will be able to provide you with the information you require.
Islington Council's Legal Department hold a card record of the original Right to Buy purchase but these cards only state the address not the details of the purchaser. There are 9460 cards which would need to be compared with HFI's list of current leaseholders and checking this information would take more than 18 hours. We would also like to confirm that the Council does not have to give its consent to the assignment of leases.
I would also like to apologise for the mix up with your original additional question. We have since changed our policy in dealing with Freedom of Information requests to ensure that people do not suffer lengthy delays in their response.
If you have a complaint about the handling of this information request, please contact: Information Complaints, Corporate Resources, 60 Highbury New Park, London, N5 2DJ. Email: [email address]
Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner's Office, at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Telephone: 01625 545 700. Web: www.ico.gov.uk
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