I am writing to you to request the following information:

1) Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Domestic Properties as of the 28th May (those 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?

Thank you very much,

Rhys

foi, Middlesbrough Council

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foi, Middlesbrough Council

 

Dear Mr Thomas

 

REF NO: 014523  

 

I am writing to confirm that Middlesbrough Council has now completed its
search for the information you requested on 28 May 2019. 

 

In your request you asked for the following information:

 

1)Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Domestic
Properties as of the 28th May (those properties which have been empty for
six months or older).  

 

Response:   

 

1469 properties at the 31^st May 2019.

 

2)What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake
around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019?  

 

Response:   

 

The Council is facilitating a Homes England funded Lease and Repair
Scheme.

 

3)During 2018 did you undertake any work around reducing your Long Term
Empty Properties. Yes.  If you did was this done using internal resource
or a third party?

 

Response:   

 

Internal resource.

 

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

 

Response:   

 

No.

 

5)Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your
Housing strategy? 

 

Response:   

 

No. 

 

6)Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction of
empty properties?

 

Response:   

 

No.

 

7)How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during 2018?

 

Response:   

 

£64,434.17. 

 

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

 

Response:   

 

The Council is facilitating a Homes England funded Lease and Repair
Scheme.

 

If you have any queries about this response, please do not hesitate to
email [1][Middlesbrough Council request email]. Please remember to quote the reference
number shown above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled you may ask
for an internal review within 40 days of receipt of the response. You
should write to:-

Ann-Marie Johnstone

Governance & Information Manager

P.O. Box 500,

Civic Centre,

Middlesbrough.

TS1 9FT

 

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the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for an
independent review. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: -

 

Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire,
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

 

Steph Robson

Information Requests Coordinator

 

Finance, Governance and Support

Strategy, Information and Governance

Middlesbrough Council

P.O. Box 500
Civic Centre
Middlesbrough
TS1 9FT

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