Long Term Empty Properties

Rhys Thomas made this Freedom of Information request to Isle of Wight Council

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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

Frecknall, Helen, Isle of Wight Council

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Frecknall, Helen, Isle of Wight Council

Dear Mr Thomas

 

Thank you for your information request dated 16 May 2019.

 

Please find below the information you have requested:

 

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) 656

2)         What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to
undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019? To
continue to review all long term empty properties. Housing will attempt to
review target properties and Council Tax all Long Term Empty properties

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? Council tax reviews liaising with Empty
property (Housing) - all internal

4)         If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review
every single long term property No because not all long term empty
properties are target properties by virtue of certain exemptions as per
question 1

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

6)         Does the council have a budget in place to help support the
reduction of empty properties? The council has budget for an Empty
Property Practitioner, but no other revenue budget

7)         How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation
during 2018? Currently unknown, waiting to hear back from another council
department

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

 

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Commissioner.

 

Yours sincerely

Helen Frecknall | Departmental Information Guardian | Regulatory Services
|

Isle of Wight Council | Jubilee Stores| The Quay | Newport | Isle of Wight
PO30 2EH

Tel: (01983) 823159 (ext 6124)

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