Students in Lancaster's Private Rental Sector

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Dear Lancaster City Council,

How many students live in the private rental sector in Lancaster? These students will have a council tax exemption.

Yours faithfully,

Tom Walker

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Dear Mr Walker,

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Clay Garland

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Resources; Information Governance

Lancaster City Council

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Dear Mr Walker,

Freedom of Information Request - Ref: FOI 0872

Thank you for your request received on 6th March 2017 in which you asked
for the following information from the City Council:

 

How many students live in the private rental sector in Lancaster? These
students will have a council tax exemption.

 

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

Response

 

We do not hold the requested information.

 

I can inform you that there 1672 properties in the district which are
exempt from Council Tax by virtue of being wholly occupied by students or
dependents of foreign students (this does not include Halls of Residence,
which fall under a different exemption class). However, this figure does
not take into account properties in which the occupants are a mix of
students and non-students, which may or may not receive a discount
depending on the number of non-disregarded occupants. In any case, we do
not necessarily record whether properties are privately rented.

 

We are also not able to confirm how many students live in the above
properties, as this information is not systematically recorded. In order
to extract this information we would be required to manually check each
record, which would take a considerable amount of time far in excess of 18
hours, which is the “appropriate limit” as defined by the Freedom of
Information (Appropriate Limits and Fees) Regulations 2004.

 

 

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Internal Audit & Assurance Manager (Resources)

Lancaster City Council

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Lancaster

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Yours sincerely

 

Clay Garland

Information Governance Assistant

Resources; Information Governance

Lancaster City Council

Town Hall, Dalton Square, LA1 1PJ

(: (01524) 582204

8: [3][email address]

 

 

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