Vacant properties & out of town landlords

Prash Reddy made this Freedom of Information request to Reading Borough Council

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Dear Reading Borough Council,

I am looking for data on Vacant\Empty properties in the area. Are you able to provide details (addresses) or owners details?

We are also looking for details on out of town landlords (Can I
request the correspondence address for the landlord if you have
these?)

We buy houses and bring them back to life enabling more properties
back into the rental sector.
We want to offer the vendors a solution to this and offer our
services. I understand that many councils hold this sort of data?

I would like to understand if the local authority has an Empty
Property Strategy, the extent of empty property in the area,
how the local authority plans to deal with it and the names and
contact details of officers within the council who are responsible
for it.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Prash Reddy

Pritchard-Gordon, Nick, Reading Borough Council

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Dear Mr. Reddy,

 

Thank you for your request received in this office on 4th January 2016.

 

You have requested the following information under the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, "I am looking for data on Vacant\Empty
properties in the area. Are you able to provide details (addresses) or
owners details? We are also looking for details on out of town landlords
(Can I request the correspondence address for the landlord if you have
these?) We buy houses and bring them back to life enabling more properties
back into the rental sector. We want to offer the vendors a solution to
this and offer our services. I understand that many councils hold this
sort of data? I would like to understand if the local authority has an
Empty Property Strategy, the extent of empty property in the area, how the
local authority plans to deal with it and the names and contact details of
officers within the council who are responsible for it".

OUR RESPONSE.

 

Please find attached a spreadsheet setting out the long term empty homes
owned by non-individuals as at 23rd November 2015. You will be able to
determine which landlords are 'out of town' from this spreadsheet, as per
your second question. For vacant commercial property in Reading, please
follow the attached link to information that is publicly accessible on the
Council's website.
[1]http://www.reading.gov.uk/media/4091/Bus...

 

Please also find attached a copy of Reading Council's Empty Homes Strategy
which provides the answers to your remaining questions. The Council's
Empty Homes Officer is Nick Pritchard-Gordon. If you wish to discuss the
Council's approach to empty homes further, please call him on 0118 937
3091.

 

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Information Commissioner’s Office

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Yours sincerely

 

Nick Pritchard-Gordon - Empty Homes Officer - 0118 93 73091

 

Nick Pritchard-Gordon - Empty Homes Officer - 0118 93 73091

Environmental Health - Reading Borough Council

Civic Offices. Bridge Street. Reading. RG1 2LU

 

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