Dear Richmondshire District 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

Richmondshire District Council

Dear Sir/Madam

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Information request 142241

I acknowledge your request for information received on 16/May/2019. Your
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Richmondshire District Council

Dear Sir/Madam

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Information request 142241

Your request for information has now been considered and the information
requested is below.

Information disclosed:

Request:

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?

Response:

1. In Council Stock we 3 long term voids. These are bedsit type
accommodation within our sheltered schemes.
1. In Richmondshire - private homes we have 417

2. Council Stock not an issue
2. Private Long Term Empty - No housing strategy currently that
specifically addresses the reduction of empty homes

3. No

4. Private Long-Term Empty properties are inspected regularly on a rolling
review in respect of Council Tax .

5. No housing strategy currently that specifically addresses the reduction
of empty homes

6. No

7.
https://www.richmondshire.gov.uk/council...

8. No

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District Council has not complied with legislation, please ask for an
internal review. Please quote reference number 142241.

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Yours sincerely

Senior Information Manager

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