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Dear Bradford City Council,

Could you please supply me with the details of all empty properties you hold on your register and details of the property owners wherever possible.
I request the details for domestic and retail and commercial properties within your area.
Our agency helps with protecting vacant properties from possible risks associated with vacant premises.

We felt that the ‘’old’’ way of managing properties needed to be transformed to offer a fully managed solution at no cost to the property owner.

This started with the philosophy that WPM will truly look after your investment and improve long term returns, or for non-investment properties, we will maintain its integrity and security.

At the centre of this story is one big idea, a committed, loyal and trustworthy Guardian community that will protect the owner's property from the threat of fire, squatting, theft and vandalism.

Heading into a period of the Christmas holidays whereby squatting and wanton vandalism occurs more frequently in the vacant property market, in exchange for us managing your property, we are offering the following

Yours faithfully,
Gisela Lyshetti
www.watchtowerpropertymanagement.com
0203 657 1365
077 4721 5210

Freedom of Information, Bradford City Council

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Mark Dewar, Bradford City Council

Dear Gisela

 

Thank you for your request submitted under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. This matter is now receiving our attention and we
aim to have a response out to you by 10 January 2020 within the period of
20 working days allowed for disclosure.  

 

You will be informed in advance if there is a charge for supplying copies
of the information.  We will also provide an explanation if any
information is not released to you.  If the requested information contains
references to any third parties, we may need to consult with them before
deciding whether or not to release the information.

 

Should you have any queries regarding your request, please feel free to
contact us at [1][Bradford City Council request email] quoting the reference no: Dec-37.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Mark
Dewar                                                                          
 

Service Coordination Officer

Economy & Development

 

8th Floor,

Margaret McMillan Tower,

Bradford, BD1 1NN

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Department of Place

 

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Mark Dewar, Bradford City Council

Dear Gisela

 

I refer to the freedom of information request submitted to Bradford
Council on 10 December 2019.  Your request, and the Council’s response,
are both detailed below.

 

REQUEST

 

Could you please supply me with the details of all empty properties you
hold on your register and details of the property owners wherever
possible.

I request the details for domestic and retail and commercial properties
within your area.

Our agency helps with protecting vacant properties from possible risks
associated with vacant premises.

 

We felt that the ‘’old’’ way of managing properties needed to be
transformed to offer a fully managed solution at no cost to the property
owner.

 

This started with the philosophy that WPM will truly look after your
investment and improve long term returns, or for non-investment
properties, we will maintain its integrity and security.

 

At the centre of this story is one big idea, a committed, loyal and
trustworthy Guardian community that will protect the owner's property from
the threat of fire, squatting, theft and vandalism.

 

Heading into a period of the Christmas holidays whereby squatting and
wanton vandalism occurs more frequently in the vacant property market, in
exchange for us managing your property, we are offering the following

 

COUNCIL’S RESPONSE

 

Under part 1 section 1 (1) (a) of the FOIA 2000, the Council can confirm
that it does hold limited information about certain empty and derelict
properties in the district, however the Council has concerns about general
crime and security risks in making data available to the public at large.
 Under part 2 Section 31 (1) (a) of the Freedom of Information Act,
information can be exempt if its disclosure under this Act would, or would
be likely to, prejudice the prevention or detection of crime. To publish a
list of empty and derelict properties would, in our view, increase the
probability of such properties being subject to burglary, criminal damage,
squatters and benefit fraud, and would therefore prejudice the prevention
of such crimes. 

 

The Council also has very particular concerns, based on local experience,
that release of this information into the public domain could specifically
prejudice the prevention of ownership fraud and electoral fraud. There
have been cases of empty properties being used to facilitate both
electoral fraud and ownership fraud within the Bradford district.
 Commission of these particular crimes relies on the provision of a valid
address. Reliance is therefore placed on the Section 31(1) (a) exemption
because it is firmly believed that release of the requested information
into the public domain would be likely to make it easier for such fraud to
be perpetrated and would thereby prejudice the prevention of these types
of offences.

 

In applying the public interest test, consideration has been given to the
fact that there may be public interest benefits in publishing a list of
empty properties, and also commercial advantages in making this
information available.  However, the Council believes that in view of the
particular circumstances and local experience as outlined above, the
public interest in withholding this information outweighs the public
interest in disclosing it. In making that decision the overriding factor
has been the concern to preserve the integrity of the election process by
reducing the opportunities for electoral fraud.

 

For more information, please visit Bradford Council’s website :
[1]https://www.bradford.gov.uk/housing/empt...

 

If you are not satisfied with this response you have the right to ask for
an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within
one month of the date of receipt of the response to your original request
and should be addressed to Freedom of Information Officer, 1st Floor
Britannia House, Hall Ings, Bradford BD1 1HX or by e-mail
[2][Bradford City Council request email]

 

If you are still not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review you
have the right of appeal to the Information Commissioner who can be
contacted at : Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745           URL:
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Yours sincerely,

 

Mark
Dewar                                                                          
 

Service Coordination Officer

Economy & Development

 

8th Floor,

Margaret McMillan Tower,

Bradford, BD1 1NN

 

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Department of Place

 

This e-mail, and any attachments, may contain Protected or Restricted
information and is intended solely for the individual to whom it is
addressed. It may contain sensitive or protectively marked material and
should be handled accordingly. If this e-mail has been misdirected, please
notify the author immediately. If you are not the intended recipient you
must not disclose, distribute, copy, print or rely on any of the
information contained in it or attached, and all copies must be deleted
immediately. Whilst we take reasonable steps to try to identify any
software viruses, any attachments to this e-mail may nevertheless contain
viruses which our anti-virus software has failed to identify. You should
therefore carry out your own anti-virus checks before opening any
documents. Bradford Council will not accept any liability for damage
caused by computer viruses emanating from any attachment or other document
supplied with this e-mail. E-Mails may be subject to recording and / or
monitoring in accordance with relevant legislation.

If you would like to make a Freedom of Information request, please visit
our website [4]http://www.bradford.gov.uk/foi before you submit a request
as you may find the information and data that you want in the data that we
already publish in our Publication Scheme. The Scheme has a significant
amount of information which is available to you, without the need for a
specific request, and describes how we work and how to obtain information
published by our various departments.

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