Dear Lewisham Borough Council,
I am looking to obtain data related to the number of short-term let (Airbnb) properties that have been investigated by your council for potentially violating Section 44 of the Deregulation Act during the 2016-2017 year.
I would also like to obtain data of the number of properties that were fined for violating Section 44 of the Deregulation Act during the 2016-2017 year.
Dear Ms Kroeker,
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No: 447463
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Dear Mr Kroeker
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Thank you for your request for information held by London Borough of
Lewisham. I have included below a copy of your request, followed by the
Council’s response (next to each heading).
I am looking to obtain data related to the number of short-term let
(Airbnb) properties that have been investigated by your council for
potentially violating Section 44 of the Deregulation Act during the
We confirm that the requested information requested above is not held as
Lewisham Council do not flag up cases that are specifically about short
We consider that the specific level of data you requested cannot be
retrieved by way of a reasonable search in the relevant electronic
database, we therefore, confirm that the requested information is not
held. The Information Commissioner’s Office offers guidance on determining
if information is held or not at the following link:
We consider that the requested information is not held because:
1. The requested information is not held in the form of a list or
2. Compiling the requested information does not involve a simple manual
manipulation of information held in files;
3. The requested information cannot be extracted from an electronic
database by searching it in the form of a query.
I would also like to obtain data of the number of properties that were
fined for violating Section 44 of the Deregulation Act during the
The Council does not have powers to ‘fine’ people for short term lets, as
only the Courts have this power, after a Planning Enforcement Notice has
not been complied with.
We hope you will find this information helpful.
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