Landlord prosecutions

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Dear Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council,

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would like to request the following information:

For the financial years 2018/2019, 2019/2020 and 2020/2021, please provide:

– The number of landlords prosecuted by the council
– The number of complaints the council received about private rented properties
– The number of civil penalty notices issued against a landlord or letting agent as well as the total annual sum of the fines.

I would like to receive the information in an electronic format. If you feel that a substantive response to this request is not possible within a reasonable time frame, or the request is too broad, I would be grateful if you could contact me and provide assistance as to how I could refine the request.

Yours faithfully,

Adam Bychawski

Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Dear Adam,

Thank you for your request for information regarding ‘Landlord Prosecutions’ (reference number 07757). Your request was received on the 22/09/21 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and/or Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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 request, please contact Information Governance on 01254 585852. Alternatively, our email address is [Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council request email].

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind Regards,

Heather Wolstenholme
Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]
Tel: 01254 585651

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Dear Adam,

Thank you for your request for information regarding ‘Landlord Prosecutions’ (reference number 07757); please see our response below. If you have any queries regarding your request for information then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

NB all annual years stated are for financial years i.e April to March

– The number of landlords prosecuted by the council

2018/2019 - 0
2019/2020 - 0
2020/2021 - 0

– The number of complaints the council received about private rented properties

2018/2019 - 419 Total complaints for both private rented and social housing.
2019/2020 - 413 Total complaints for both private rented and social housing.
2020/2021 - 295 Total complaints for both private rented and social housing.

– The number of civil penalty notices issued against a landlord or letting agent as well as the total annual sum of the fines.

2018/2019 - 0
2019/2020 - 4 - Total annual sum of penalties is £26621
2020/2021 - 0

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request for information and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to: Information Governance Manager, Information Governance, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, G Floor, Town Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 7DY or email [Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council request email]
 
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. 
 
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Kind Regards,

Heather Wolstenholme
Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]
01254 222527

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