LOBO Lender Option Borrower Option

The request was refused by Newham Borough Council.

Dear Newham Borough Council,

1. How many Lender Option Borrower Option (LOBOs) contracts do you have on your books?

2. When were they signed?

3. With which financial institutions were they taken out?

4. Since each Contract has been signed, has the lender exercised their option and changed the interest rate?

5. If so, please specify the dates of the interest rate changes and the revised interest rates.

6. Please provide a copy of the original, signed LOBO agreement.

Yours faithfully,

Ranjan Kumaran

Newham Borough Council

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Dear Sir/Madam,

Freedom of Information Act 2000

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If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the Information Governance Team on 020 8430 3737 or email us at: [email address]

Yours Faithfully

Information Governance Team
Newham Council

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Dear Mr Kumaran,


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Dear Newham Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Newham Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'LOBO Lender Option Borrower Option'.

I believe the public interest in disclosure outweighs the banks'
request for non-disclosure due to competition concerns.

Please note I have FOI'd several other London local authorities who
have produced full details of their lobo contracts including
interest rates, step-up dates, names of lenders and the dates at
which the contracts were signed. I have received copies of LOBO
contracts taken out with Barclays and RBS amongst others.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/l...

Yours faithfully,

Ranjan Kumaran

Newham Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your email.

Please be advised we have referred this matter to the Head of Service and an Internal Review will be conducted into the information provided in our original response.

Yours sincerely
Information Governance Team
London Borough of Newham

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Dear Mr Kumaran

please find response to your appeal.

Martin Gibbs I Head of Complaints and Member Enquiries I
London Borough of Newham
Newham Dockside I 1000 Dockside Road I London E16 2QU
DDI: 020 3373 1251 I Int: 31251

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Michelle vonAhn left an annotation ()

What makes Newham's contracts so much more sensitive than other boroughs, who have had no problem with supplying the requested information, including copies of their contracts?