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Dear Wandsworth Borough Council,

Provide the number and the type of "reposseesed" properties purchased by Wandsworth Borough Council for each year from 2010 to 2016 inclusive and the price paid for each property?
Yours sincerely
Dragutin Popovic

Freedom Of Information, Wandsworth Borough Council

Request for Information - 2016/13753 - Repossessions

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 11/10/2016.

 

This will be processed in accordance with the appropriate access to
information regime.

 

Regards

 

FOI and DPA Officer

[Wandsworth Borough Council request email]

 

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Freedom Of Information, Wandsworth Borough Council

Request for Information - 2016/13753 - Repossessions

 

I refer to your request for information received on 11/10/2016.  Please
see the information below in response to your request: -

Provide the number and the type of "reposseesed" properties purchased by
Wandsworth Borough Council for each year from  2010 to  2016 inclusive and
the price paid for each property?

Although the Council will purchase properties in a variety of
circumstances, it does not hold details as to whether the properties were
sold following repossession.

 

I hope this information meets your needs. If you do not understand the
information provided or wish to discuss anything further, please feel free
to contact me and I, or another member of the team will be able to assist
you.

Please note that all material provided by Wandsworth Council in response
to your request for information is for your personal, non-commercial use.
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If you are dissatisfied with the information provided in relation to your
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Correspondence should be addressed to: 

 

Customers and Partnerships, Room 149, Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth
High Street, London, SW18 2PU.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: 

 

Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Regards

 

Sue Murray

Customers and Partnerships

Chief Executive’s Group

Serving Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

 

[1][Wandsworth Borough Council request email]

020 8871 8119

 

 

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Dear Freedom Of Information,
Provide the minutes of the meeting of Boarad of Executives of Wandsworth Borough Council and Board of Councillors of Wandsworth Borough Council where Expenditure to purchase properties in 2016 be it residential,commercial, "repossesed" was approved and authorised.
How much Wandsworth Borough Council has spent on purchasing residential, "repossesed" properties in 2016?
How many residential, "repossesed" properties Wandsworth Borough Council has purchased in 2016?
Provide copies of the insurance policy for the purchased residential, "repossesed" properties in 2016?
Yours sincerely,
Dragutin Popovic

Freedom Of Information, Wandsworth Borough Council

Request for Information - 2016/13809 - Repossessions

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 20/10/2016.

 

This will be processed in accordance with the appropriate access to
information regime.

 

Regards

 

FOI and DPA Officer

[1][Wandsworth Borough Council request email]

 

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Request for Information - 2016/13809 - Repossessions

 

I refer to your request for information received on 20/10/2016.  Please
see the information below in response to your request: -

 

Provide the minutes of the meeting of Board of Executives of Wandsworth
Borough Council and Board of Councillors of Wandsworth Borough  Council
where Expenditure to purchase properties in 2016  be it residential,
commercial, "repossessed" was approved and authorised.

Please be advised that there are no records held, and the Council has no
policies on acquiring properties (commercial or residential) that have
been repossessed.

 

How much Wandsworth Borough Council has spent on purchasing residential,
"repossesed" properties in 2016?

£ 990,000 in total.

 

How many residential, "repossesed" properties Wandsworth Borough Council
has purchased in 2016?

2 properties at auction.

 

Provide copies of the insurance policy for the purchased residential,
"repossesed" properties in 2016.

Please refer to the attached document which incorporates two leasehold and
one tenanted property insurance schedule as these are “blanket” insurance
cover for Council properties and would include any that have been
purchased which were re-possessed.  These have all been redacted of
insured sums and therefore are being withheld under section 43 (Commercial
Interests) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Section 43 states that information is exempt from disclosure if its
disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial
interests of any person, including the public authority holding it. 
Disclosure of the insured sums would be likely to prejudice the Council’s
ability to secure and negotiate the best possible insurance rates for any
future properties that it has ownerships of.  Different rates would have
been negotiated and agreed with the Insurance Company concerned and
dependent on the type of tenancy being covered, whether this be Leasehold
or Tenanted.  To release this information into the public domain could
also undermine the negotiating process of the Insurance Company concerned
as their competitors might be able to strengthen their conditions of
insurance should this come up for revision at the end of the current
insurance terms.

 

This exemption requires the Council to consider the public interest test
and, whilst the Council recognises the public interest in the transparency
of this process, it must consider the strong public interest in securing
best value for tax payers in the Borough.  In order to ensure best value
the Council must be able to negotiate and agree these rates without the
information being placed in the public domain; as a consequence, the
greater public interest lies in withholding these parts of the requested
information.

 

I hope this information meets your needs. If you do not understand the
information provided or wish to discuss anything further, please feel free
to contact me and I, or another member of the team will be able to assist
you.

 

Please note that all material provided by Wandsworth Council in response
to your request for information is for your personal, non-commercial use.
Wandsworth Council reserves all rights in the copyright of the information
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information commercially may require consent. Please forward any requests
for re-use of information to the FOI officer.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the information provided in relation to your
request you may make representations to the Chief Executive. 
Correspondence should be addressed to: 

 

Customers and Partnerships, Room 149, Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth
High Street, London, SW18 2PU.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: 

 

Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

 

Regards

 

Sue Murray

Customers and Partnerships

Chief Executive’s Group

Serving Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

 

E :  [1][Wandsworth Borough Council request email]

T :  020 8871 8119

[2]www.wandsworth.gov.uk / [3]www.richmond.gov.uk

 

 

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Dear Freedom Of Information,
1. Provide the amount paid for each property by the Council's officials and the date the amount was paid by the Council's officials for each property?
2. Provide full name of the Council's officials who authorised the payments for each property?
3. Provide the date and the place where the Auctions were held?
4.Provide full name of the Auctioneers?
5. Provide full name of the Council's officials who attended the Auctions?
6.Provide the reasons for purchasing the properties by the Coucil's officials when the Council
has no policies on acquiring properties (commercial or residential) that have been repossessed?
Yours sincerely,
Dragutin Popovic

Freedom Of Information, Wandsworth Borough Council

Request for Information - 2016/13909 - Council Purchase of Properties

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 08/11/2016.

 

This will be processed in accordance with the appropriate access to
information regime.

 

Regards

 

FOI and DPA Officer

[1][Wandsworth Borough Council request email]

 

IMPORTANT:
Confidentiality: This email and its attachments are intended for the above
named only and may be confidential. If they have come to you in error you
must take no action based on them, nor must you copy or show them to
anyone. Please reply to this email and highlight the error.

Please visit the Council's website at: [2]www.wandsworth.gov.uk

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Freedom Of Information, Wandsworth Borough Council

Request for Information - 2016/13909 - Council Purchase of Properties

 

I refer to your request for information received on 08/11/2016.  Please
see the information below in response to your request: -

 

1.    Provide the amount paid for each property by the Council's officials
and the date the amount was paid by the Council's officials for each
property?

£350,000 and £640,000

 

2.    Provide full name of the Council's officials who authorised the
payments for each property?

No individual is responsible for authorising payments. These are subject
to committee or delegated authority as per item 6 below

 

3.    Provide the date and the place where the Auctions were held?

N/a.

 

4.    Provide  full name of the Auctioneers?

68 Harbridge Avenue = Andrews (Putney)           21 Wye Street = Barnard
Marcus (Hammersmith)

I am aware that you have previously been informed (under reference
2016/13809) that these properties were purchased at auction. Further to
this request it has now been confirmed that both properties were purchased
by private treaty. 21 Wye Street went to auction and failed to sell prior
to the auction dated 15th December 2015. The sale of 68 Harbridge Avenue
was agreed simply via private treaty.

 

5.    Provide full name of the Council's officials who attended the
Auctions?

N/a.

 

6.    Provide the reasons for purchasing the properties by the Council's
officials when the Council  has no policies on acquiring properties
(commercial or residential) that have been repossessed?

The Council has a number of strong policies on acquiring
property(repossessed or any other) given the strong commitment to Housing
and regeneration within the Borough. These policies are authorised via
committee papers authorised by the Executive.

 

I hope this information meets your needs. If you do not understand the
information provided or wish to discuss anything further, please feel free
to contact me and I, or another member of the team will be able to assist
you.

 

Please note, all material provided by Wandsworth Council in response to
your request for information is for your personal, non-commercial use.
Wandsworth Council reserves all rights in the copyright of the information
provided. Any unauthorised copying or adaptation of the information
without express written confirmation from Wandsworth Council may
constitute an infringement of copyright. Any intention to re-use this
information commercially may require consent. Please forward any requests
for re-use of information to the FOI officer.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the information provided in relation to your
request you may make representations to the Chief Executive. 
Correspondence should be addressed to: 

 

Room 149, Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PU

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: 

 

Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF

 

 

Regards

 

 

 

Kirsten Hawkins

FOI and DPA Officer

Customers and Partnerships, Chief Executives Group

Serving Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

 

[1][Wandsworth Borough Council request email]

[2]www.richmond.gov.uk / [3]www.wandsworth.gov.uk

 

 

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Dear Freedom Of Information,
You are required to provide:
1.The reasons why the information provided by Kirsten Hawkins contradicts the information provided by Sue Murray?
2.The full name of the council’s “strong” policies on acquiring property (repossessed or any other)?
3.The exact date the “strong” policies on acquiring property (repossessed or any other) have been approved by the committees?
4.The full name of the council’s committees including the full names of the chairman’s of those committees who approved payments of £350,000 and £640,000 amounts?
5.The exact date the “strong” policies on acquiring property (repossessed or any other) have been authorised by the Executive of the Executive?
6.The exact date the Executive of the Executive has authorised payments of £350,000 and £640,000 amounts?
7.The full name of the conveyancing solicitors who have been instructedby the council's Executive to purchase 68 Harbridge Avenue and 21 Wye Street?
8.The exact date the council's Executive made an offer to purchase 68 Harbridge Avenue and 21 Wye Street?
The full name of a person or an institution to whom the council's Executive has paid £350,000 and £640,000 amounts?
9.The full name of the council’s officer who made payments of £350,000 and £640,000 amounts on behalf of the council's Executive?
10.The full name of the account,its number and sort code that belongs to the council's Executive, that is used to make the payment of £350,000 and £640,000 amounts?
12.The full name of the bank the account that belongs to the council's Executive, from which the payment of £350,000 and £640,000 amounts is held with?
13.The reasons why the council's Executive does not have the register of acquied properties (repossessed or any other)?
Yours sincerely,
Dragutin Popovic

Freedom Of Information, Wandsworth Borough Council

Request for Information - 2016/14076 - Council Purchase of Properties

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 12/12/2016.

 

This will be processed in accordance with the appropriate access to
information regime.

 

Regards

 

FOI and DPA Officer

[1][Wandsworth Borough Council request email]

 

IMPORTANT:
Confidentiality: This email and its attachments are intended for the above
named only and may be confidential. If they have come to you in error you
must take no action based on them, nor must you copy or show them to
anyone. Please reply to this email and highlight the error.

Please visit the Councils' websites at: [2]www.richmond.gov.uk and
[3]www.wandsworth.gov.uk

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Request for Information - 2017/14076 - Council Purchase of Properties

 

I refer to your request for information received on 12/12/2016.  Please
see the information below in response to your request: -

 

 

1.The reasons why the information provided by Kirsten Hawkins contradicts
the information provided by Sue Murray?

            The FOI team was provided with different information for the
different requests. The most recent response corrected some of the
information previously provided.

 

2.The full name of the council’s “strong” policies on acquiring property
(repossessed or any other)?

See the attached report

 

3.The exact date the “strong” policies on acquiring property (repossessed
or any other) have been approved by the committees?

This is delegated to officers by virtue of the attached report

 

4.The full name of the council’s committees including the full names of
the chairman’s of those committees who approved payments of £350,000 and
£640,000 amounts?

Payments were approved by Tunde Ogbe, Head of Valuation and Asset
Management Services who acted in line with authorities/delegations. The
approval of these payments were not decided by the Chairman/Executive.

 

5.The exact date the “strong” policies on acquiring property (repossessed
or any other) have been authorised by the Executive of the Executive?

See the attached report.

 

6.The exact date the Executive of the Executive has authorised payments of
£350,000 and £640,000 amounts?

The acquisition of 68 Harbridge completed on 27th July 2016 and 21 Wye
Street completed on 3rd March 2016. As mentioned in Q4, the approval of
these payments were not decided by the Chairman/Executive.

 

7.The full name of the conveyancing solicitors who have been instructed by
the council's Executive  to purchase 68 Harbridge Avenue and 21 Wye
Street?

The conveyancing was handled by WBCs in-house legal team.

 

8.The exact date the council's Executive made an offer to purchase 68
Harbridge Avenue and 21 Wye Street?

Offers were made on 3rd June 2016 and 3rd March 2016 respectively.

The full name of a person or an institution to whom the council's
Executive has paid £350,000 and £640,000 amounts?

Under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Council is
under no obligation to provide a copy of the requested information if that
information is reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means. 

 

This is available at the Land Registry via the link below
[1]https://www.gov.uk/search-property-infor...

 

9.The full name of the council’s officer who made payments of £350,000 and
£640,000 amounts on behalf of the council's Executive?

The payments were made by WBCs in-house legal team.

 

10.The full name of the account, its number and sort code that belongs to
the council's Executive, that is used to make the payment of £350,000 and
£640,000 amounts?

There is not a specific bank account for the Council’s Executive.  The
account used is in the link below:

[2]http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200361...

 

11.The full name of the bank the account that belongs to the council's
Executive, from which the payment of £350,000 and £640,000 amounts is held
with?

See answer to Q10.

 

12.The reasons why the council's Executive does not have the register of
acquired properties (repossessed or any other)?

The Council does hold information regarding its acquired properties,
however a specific ‘register’ is not held.

 

I hope this information meets your needs. If you do not understand the
information provided or wish to discuss anything further, please feel free
to contact me and I, or another member of the team will be able to assist
you.

 

Please note, all material provided by Wandsworth Council in response to
your request for information is for your personal, non-commercial use.
Wandsworth Council reserves all rights in the copyright of the information
provided. Any unauthorised copying or adaptation of the information
without express written confirmation from Wandsworth Council may
constitute an infringement of copyright. Any intention to re-use this
information commercially may require consent. Please forward any requests
for re-use of information to the FOI officer.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the information provided in relation to your
request you may make representations to the Chief Executive. 
Correspondence should be addressed to: 

 

Room 149, Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PU

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: 

 

Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF

 

 

Regards

 

 

 

 

 

Kirsten Hawkins

FOI and DPA Officer

Customers and Partnerships, Chief Executives Group

Serving Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

020 8871 7204

[3][email address]

[4][Wandsworth Borough Council request email]

[5]www.richmond.gov.uk / [6]www.wandsworth.gov.uk

 

 

 

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Dear Wandsworth Borough Council,
Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.
I am writing to request an internal review of Wandsworth Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Purchased "repossesed" properties'.
The information provided is contradicting , misleading,misrepresenting the facts in an attempt to cover unlawful activities of the Council and its senior executive officers.
You have not provided the aunthority (lawful documents) by what the Council and its senior executive officers have acted in this matter.
You are wilfully and knowingly failing to provide the requested information.
A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...
Yours sincerely
Dragutin Popovic

Freedom Of Information, Wandsworth Borough Council

Dear Mr Popovic,

I acknowledge receipt of your internal review. A senior officer not
involved with the original response will carry out an internal review and
you will received the outcome of your review within 20 working days.

Kind regards

Kirsten Hawkins
FOI and DPA Officer
Customers and Partnerships, Chief Executives Group
Serving Richmond and Wandsworth Councils
[1][Wandsworth Borough Council request email]
[2]www.richmond.gov.uk / [3]www.wandsworth.gov.uk

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Guy Bishop,

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Dear Mr Popovic

 

The South London Legal Partnership carries out FOI Reviews for the London
Borough of Wandsworth Council. Please find attached the FOI Review in this
matter.

 

Yours faithfully

 

 

Guy Bishop

Senior Lawyer – Litigaton & Licensing

Litigation, Housing & Planning Team

South London Legal Partnership

Gifford House, 67c St Helier Avenue, Morden, SM4 6HY

DX 161030 Morden 3
Tel:  020 8545 3457
Fax: 020 8545 3244

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chris Warner,

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Dear Mr Popovic

 

This morning Wandsworth Council received the ICO’s decision in respect of
your appeal.

 

The only requirement of the ICO is to send you the link to the correct
Committee report which sets out the policy of purchasing accommodation for
housing the homeless.

 

This is paper 14-317 of July 2014 and I attach the link. As the ICO
decision states paras 96 to 124 set out the details.

 

[1]https://democracy.wandsworth.gov.uk/docu...

 

Regards.

 

Mr Chris Warner

Assistant Head of Law 

Litigation, Housing & Planning Team

South London Legal Partnership

Gifford House, 67c St Helier Avenue, Morden, SM4 6HY

DX 161030 Morden 3

 

Direct: 020 8545 3470

[mobile number]

Fax: 020 8545 3244

 

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