Dear Stoke on Trent City Council,

The Authorities pilot selective licensing scheme evaluation report for Tunstall , issued in October 2018, (Appendix 8, page 2 of the Cabinet report) states that at launch ,(5th November 2011) there were estimated to be 405 privately rented properties within the designated areas,(411 of using the percentages quoted elsewhere on the same page) from a total housing stock of 901 properties (45%).

339 properties were eventually licensed and the Authority have declared to the Secretary of State that 84% of properties were licensed , 66 properties initially identified were not.

In a newsletter presented to Cabinet in April 2014 it was recorded that within the first year of designation , 468 privately rented properties had been identified and even using that early data 129 properties in fact were never licensed. Assuming the quantity of private rented properties remained static for the remainder of the designation period the percentage of privately rented properties licensed would have been 72.4%.

In the Business Case, (page 9) for further licensing schemes and based on data at 27th September 2017, the amount of privately rented property declared to be within the former designated area was identified as 539 from a revised total housing stock of 916 (59%).

339 licensed properties from a private stock of 539 equates to 62.9% and not 84% as advised to both Cabinet and to the Secretary of State.

Of the 200 properties not licensed, the evaluation report advises that only 3 prosecutions were made for failing to obtain a licence.

Additionally, according to Appendix 20 (page 29) of the same Cabinet report and the application forwarded to the Secretary of State requesting confirmation that a further designation can be made , around 189 property sales were made within these former scheme areas during the designation period of 2011-2017.

Could you please advise :
(1) If the data released to Cabinet and to the Secretary of State concerning the percentage of licensed properties is factual, (based on current data) or simply an 'oversight' If it is factual could you please offer an explanation and if not could you please ensure the correct data is forwarded to the relevant departments so consideration could be given as the effectiveness of the proposals before a further designation is decided.

(2) The appropriate number of private rented properties sold from landlord to landlord during the period of designation, (estimated at in excess of 100).

(3) The number of properties where a further licence was issued after change of a licence holder as per the licensing conditions. (This should equate to (2) above plus other reasons for change of licence holder - death for example).

(4) Please provide confirmation that where (3) above applies ,the second licensing fee charged was the equivalent of applying for the initial licence, ie no reduction for a reduced licensing period etc.

(5) The total revenue collected from (3) and (4) above , i.e. a second licence upon change of licence holder.

(6) If any revenue from (3) and (4) above is extra to or part of the £165,673.83 receipts declared within the evaluation report.

Yours faithfully,

David lovegrove

FOI, Stoke on Trent City Council

Dear Mr Lovegrove

 

Your request for information ref. SOT78401

 

Thank you for your request for information about selective licensing in
Tunstall.  Your request was received by the Information Rights Team on 29
April 2019.  This is being dealt with under the terms of the appropriate
Information Rights legislation.

 

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Dear Mr Lovegrove

 

Your requests for information ref. SOT78426, SOT78403 and SOT78401

 

It has been drawn to our attention that 8 information requests have been
received from you in the last 6 months in relation to housing and the
potential selective licensing scheme. We have received a total of 18
requests around housing and selective licensing in the last 12 months.

 

It should be noted that any request made to the Council is covered by
either the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 regardless of any reference to the
legislation in the request. The objective of the legislation is to make
available information held by a public authority and is not intended to
inhibit the workings of a public authority. The volume of your requests
for similar information has regretfully led the Council to issue the
following notice.

 

This is in accordance with the provisions of Section14(1) of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000. Section 14(1) does not oblige a public authority
to comply with a request for information if the request is vexatious.

Some of your requests are covered by the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 and are regarded as voluminous and a diversion of the
resources of the City Council and therefore it is manifestly unreasonable
to process the requests, in accordance with regulation 12(4)(b) of the
Environmental information Regulations 2004

All of your requests, including your most recent ones, are asking for
information surrounding the selective licensing scheme and housing. These
requests on a small team are burdensome and a heavy strain on valuable
public resources.

 

 

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