Property Guardians

Owain Jenkins made this Freedom of Information request to Barnet Borough Council

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The request was refused by Barnet Borough Council.

Dear Barnet Borough Council,

Dear Sir / Madam

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I would like to request the following information. I am happy to receive the information electronically by email.

How many different guardian companies are currently being used by the council to protect vacant property?

How many council owned residential properties are occupied by guardians?

How many council owned commercial / mixed-use properties are occupied by guardians?

The total money spent by the local authority in the last financial year on contracts awarded to guardian companies to secure local authority owned residential properties occupied by guardians?

The total money spent by the local authority in the last financial year on contracts awarded to guardian companies to secure local authority owned commercial / mixed-use properties occupied by guardians?

How much revenue was received by the council from contracts where guardian companies occupied council owned property in the last financial year?

Yours faithfully,

O Jenkins

Freedom of Information Act, Barnet Borough Council

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Taylor, Nick, Barnet Borough Council

Thank you for the email. We have dealt with this enquiry as a business as usual enquiry.
The council does not hold this information as housing, homelessness, allocations and management of the housing stock are handled by Barnet Homes. Barnet Homes is our ALMO (Arms’ Length Management Organisation) which manages the council’s housing stock and associated services on the council’s behalf. They are a public authority under Freedom of Information Act 2000 and so you may make a FOI request to them. Their contact details are

Email: [email address]

Post: The Data Controller
Barnet Homes
Barnet House
1255 High Road
London N20 0EJ.

I hope this is of assistance

Nick Taylor
Information Management Officer
Information Management Team (IMT), Building 2 NLBP
Tel: 020 8359 2587 [mobile number]

Nick Taylor,

Dear Requester
 
In order for the council to respond to your request we need clarification
on.
 
The total money spent by the local authority in the last financial year on
contracts awarded to guardian companies to secure local authority owned
commercial / mixed-use properties occupied by guardians?
 
Could you please specify what you mean by this? Do you mean officer time?
Please give more detial as this is too vague.
 
Your request will be put on hold until we recieve this clarificaiton.
 
Regards
Nick Taylor
Information Management

Nick Taylor,

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Thank you for your request for information received on 28 September 2017.
 
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John Dix left an annotation ()

While the residential properties are covered by Barnet Homes I am surprised Barnet have refused the request without any other information on the commercial properties. The Director of Estate Management would have oversight of that area so should have been able to provide at least some information. In addition a similar request was submitted in September 2016 https://barnetportal.icasework.com/servl... (case number 3027296) where they did at least include the name of the Property Guardian company they use (Ad Hoc Property Guardians) details of the properties they guarded and an example guardian contract.
If they could provide that information a year ago why can't they provide it now.