Dear Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please can you provide me with the following information under the Freedom Of Information Act :-
(a) addresses of all Registered HMO properties that are
within your councils area; and
(b) the maximum number of occupants that each property
referred to in (a) is licensed to hold
(b) the last actual registered number of occupants that each
property referred to in (a) holds
(c) the date each of the properties in (a) was first registered as
HMO
(d) the names of the owners/licence holders of those properties
referred to in (a) and their contact addresses

Yours faithfully,

KC Teves

Freedom Of Info, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear KC Teves

We acknowledge with thanks your request for information held by Bolton
Council received at this office on 28 May 2019.

This request will be considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and may take up to 20 working days to be processed (although we will
endeavour to provide the information as quickly as possible).

Please be advised that if an exemption applies to the information that you
have requested, the statutory period may be exceeded in accordance with
the provisions of the act.

Please retain the reference number RFI 003334 for any future enquiries
regarding this matter.

Many thanks,

The Information Governance Team

1^st Floor, Town Hall, Bolton, BL1 1RU

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Dear KC Teves

 

Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

        

In response to your request for information received at this office on 28
May 2019, please see the Council’s response below.

 

You requested

 

Please can you provide me with the following information under the Freedom
Of Information Act :-

(a) addresses of all Registered HMO properties that are within your
councils area; and

(b) the maximum number of occupants that each property referred to in (a)
is licensed to hold (b) the last actual registered number of occupants
that each property referred to in (a) holds

(c) the date each of the properties in (a) was first registered as HMO

(d) the names of the owners/licence holders of those properties referred
to in (a) and their contact addresses

 

Our response

 

Bolton Council has considered your request and feels that the information
requested is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (“the Act”). Section 17 of the Act provides that when refusing a
request, Bolton Council must provide a notice which (a) states that fact,
(b) specifies the exemption in question, and (c) states (if that would not
otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

 

In this case, we consider that the exemption under section 21(2)(b) of the
Act applies which states where there is a legal duty to make information
available, it can be considered to be reasonably accessible to the
applicant, whether or not payment is required. The provision applies if
the information is available either from the public authority receiving
the request, another public authority or indeed any other person.

 

The information is available on request under the Housing Act 2004.
Section 232 of the Housing Act 2004 states that every local housing
authority must maintain a register of licences for houses in multiple
occupation (HMO) (subsection (1)). The register must contain prescribed
particulars (which, by virtue of SIs 2006 No.373 and 2007 No.1903, include
the name and address of the licence holder) (subsection(3)), it must be
made available for inspection (subsection (4)) and a copy of the register
(or an extract) must be supplied, subject to payment of a fee, on request
(subsection (5)).

 

Under the Housing Act 2004 there is no obligation to make the register
available electronically however arrangements can be made to view the
register or receive a hard copy in the post (a fee may be payable). Please
contact Housing Standards via [1][email address]

 

Therefore Section 21(2)(b) is applicable and this email constitutes a
refusal notice for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

As per the Information Commissioners Office’s Freedom of Information Code
of Practice, should you disagree with our decision, you may appeal within
40 working days of this email to:

 

 

The Borough Solicitor, Bolton Council, Town Hall, Bolton, BL1 1RU

Email: [2][email address]

 

Should you further disagree with the decision following the appeal you may
wish to contact the Information Commissioner:

 

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

[3]www.ico.gov.uk

Tel: 01625 545700, Fax: 01625 524510

 

Should you have any queries, please contact [4][email address]

 

Yours sincerely

 

The Information Governance Team

Town Hall, Bolton, BL1 1RU

 

 

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immediately, permanently delete it. Do not read, print, re-transmit, store
or act in reliance on it. This e-mail may be monitored by Bolton Council
in accordance with current regulations.

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the presence of computer viruses currently known to Bolton Council.
However, the recipient is responsible for virus-checking before opening
this message and any attachment.

Unless expressly stated to the contrary, any views expressed in this
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