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Dear Redditch Borough Council,

I am writing to you to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1) Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Properties as of the 8th May (those domestic 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?

Yours faithfully,

A McIntosh

foi RBC,

Our Reference: 5907

Dear A McIntosh,

Thank you for your recent request for information.

Your request is being dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act. We will respond by 11th June 2019 at the latest.

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Information Support Officer, Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough Councils

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Our Reference: 5907

 

Dear M McIntosh,

 

Thank you for your recent Information request. I can now offer you the
following information:

 

1)        Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty
Properties as of the 8th May (those domestic properties which have been
empty for six months or older) 162

2)      What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to
undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019? The
Council work on specific, long term empty properties, causing issues, to
bring back to the market.  Also carry out internal review of dwellings
within the Council Tax banding list classed as long term empty homes, work
to be completed between July 2019 and September 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? Internal resource.

Reviewed empty homes prior to the completion of CTB1 return.

4)      If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review
every single long term property No

5)      Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of
your Housing strategy? Not currently

6)      Does the council have a budget in place to help support the
reduction of empty properties? No

7)      How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during
2018? Net cost £7,500

8)      Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty
property owners to help them bring properties back into use? No

 

I hope this resolves your enquiry and that you are satisfied with the
response.

 

However, if you are dissatisfied with the way your request has been
handled, you have the right to request an internal review.

 

If you are still dissatisfied following a review by the Council, you have
the right to complain to the Information Commissioner. You can contact the
Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Telephone 01625 545 700

[1]https://ico.org.uk/

 

Regards,

 

 

 

Julie Hemming-Smout

Information Support Officer, Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough
Councils

 

Tel: (01527) 64252, extension 3871

Email: [2][email address]

 

Bromsgrove District Council Redditch Borough Council

Parkside, Town Hall,

Market Street, Walter Stranz Square,

Bromsgrove, Redditch,

Worcestershire B61 8DA Worcestershire B98 8AH

[3]www.bromsgrove.gov.uk [4]www.redditchbc.gov.uk

   

View our privacy notices via the following links –

Redditch:

[5]http://www.redditchbc.gov.uk/council/cor...

Bromsgrove:

[6]http://www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/council/cor...

 

 

 

 

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