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 13th 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, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Thomas

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-27760

 

Thank you for your request dated 14 May 2019

 

Your request will be answered by 12 June 2019

 

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the
reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Communities & Environment

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

8 www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

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foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Thomas

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-27760

 

Thank you for your request dated 14^th May 2019.

 

Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in providing a response
to your Freedom of Information request.  The delay is because we are
waiting for the relevant department to respond.  

We are endeavouring to provide the requested information to you by 19^th
June 2019.  We apologise for any inconvenience the delay may have caused.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Central Services

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

8 www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

 

From: foi
Sent: 14 May 2019 16:01
To: 'Rhys Thomas' <[FOI #576349 email]>
Cc: foi <[Greenwich Borough Council request email]>
Subject: FOI - 27760: Freedom of Information request - Long Term Empty
Properties

 

Dear Mr Thomas

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-27760

 

Thank you for your request dated 14 May 2019

 

Your request will be answered by 12 June 2019

 

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the
reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Communities & Environment

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

8 www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

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foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Thomas

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-27760

 

Thank you for your request dated 14^th May 2019.

 

Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in providing a response
to your Freedom of Information request.  Unfortunately, the delay
continues because we are still awaiting for the relevant department to
respond.  

We are endeavouring to provide the requested information to you as soon as
possible.  We apologise for any inconvenience the delay may have caused.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Central Services

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

8 www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

 

 

From: foi
Sent: 12 June 2019 15:51
To: 'Rhys Thomas' <[FOI #576349 email]>
Cc: foi <[Greenwich Borough Council request email]>
Subject: FOI - 27760: Freedom of Information request - Long Term Empty
Properties

 

Dear Mr Thomas

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-27760

 

Thank you for your request dated 14^th May 2019.

 

Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in providing a response
to your Freedom of Information request.  The delay is because we are
waiting for the relevant department to respond.  

We are endeavouring to provide the requested information to you by 19^th
June 2019.  We apologise for any inconvenience the delay may have caused.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Central Services

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

8 www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

 

From: foi
Sent: 14 May 2019 16:01
To: 'Rhys Thomas' <[1][FOI #576349 email]>
Cc: foi <[2][Greenwich Borough Council request email]>
Subject: FOI - 27760: Freedom of Information request - Long Term Empty
Properties

 

Dear Mr Thomas

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-27760

 

Thank you for your request dated 14 May 2019

 

Your request will be answered by 12 June 2019

 

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the
reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Communities & Environment

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

8 www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

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foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Thomas

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-27760

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request, dated 14/05/2019.

 

We do apologise for this delay in your request.  The Housing and Safer
Communities department require clarification on the point requested below;

 

Regarding Q1, are you referring to all empty properties in the borough, or
are you referring to RBG owned residential properties only?

 

 

Please quote the reference number in your reply.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Central Services

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

8 www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

 

 

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Hi there

This request is asking to know the total number of all properties publicly and privately-owned over 6 months empty in the Greenwich area. Just the count of them, and nothing involving the details of the properties themselves.

Thanks

Rhys

foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Thomas

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-29377

 

Thank you for your request dated 27 June 2019

 

Your request will be answered by 25 July 2019

 

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the
reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Communities & Environment

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

8 www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

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foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Thomas

 

Thank you Freedom of Information request dated 27/06/2019.

 

Please disregard this Freedom of Information reference number as it was
logged as another request, when in fact your email was in response to the
clarification we were seeking for FOI-27760.

 

Your request has been reopened and will now be answered as soon as
possible.

 

If you have any queries about this correspondence, please contact us
quoting the reference number above.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Communities & Environment

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

8 www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

ü Please consider the environment before printing this email

 

 

From: foi
Sent: 27 June 2019 11:59
To: 'Rhys Thomas' <[FOI #576349 email]>
Cc: foi <[Greenwich Borough Council request email]>
Subject: FOI-29377: FOI-27760: Freedom of Information request - Long Term
Empty Properties

 

Dear Mr Thomas

 

Freedom of Information request:  FOI-29377

 

Thank you for your request dated 27 June 2019

 

Your request will be answered by 25 July 2019

 

If you have any queries about this request, please contact me, quoting the
reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jackie Jago

Head of Corporate Services

Corporate Services

Directorate of Communities & Environment

Royal Borough of Greenwich

 

' 020 8921 5044

*   Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW

8 www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

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foi, Greenwich Borough Council

Dear Mr Thomas

Freedom of Information request: FOI-27760

Thank you for your request dated 14 May 2019. I apologise for the delay in responding to your request.

Our response is as follows:

1)Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Domestic Properties as of the 13th May (those properties which have been empty for six months or older)

943

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

RBG are currently undertaking a review of our processes with regards vacant properties owned by the Council to improve our service delivery and reduce void turnaround times.

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?

No

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

N/A

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

The Housing Strategy is currently being written and therefore any proposal on having any empty homes strategy has not been consulted on or formally approved.

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

Yes

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

The Royal Borough of Greenwich spent £3,057,826 on Temporary Accommodation (TA) last financial year (2018/19). Please Note: our TA cost are recorded in financial years(1st April - 31st March)

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

Yes

If you have any queries about this correspondence, please contact me, quoting the reference number above.

If you are not satisfied with our response to your request, you can ask for an Internal Review. Internal review requests must be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original request. If you wish to do this, please contact us in writing, setting out why you are dissatisfied.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the Internal Review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the Internal Review procedure provided by the Council. You can contact the ICO by emailing [email address], or by post at Customer Contact, Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Jackie Jago
Head of Corporate Services
Corporate Services
Directorate of Communities & Environment
Royal Borough of Greenwich

020 8921 5044
 Room 20 Basement The Town Hall, Wellington Street, London SE18 6PW
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

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