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Empty Properties

Requested on
Fri 22nd June, 2012
Reference
FOI 2072
Resolution
Information provided

Question

I am Writing to request the address of any empty properties that are privately owned, council owned or commercial of whicy you have knowlegde

Answer

Following the above information request I am pleased to provide the following information:


Attached are three spreadsheets.

The Residential Charnwood spreadsheet details all properties that were recorded on our Council Tax system as empty at the end of May  (this is the latest report we have as these reports are not generated in house) and are also authority or company owned.

Information relating to properties owned by individuals is exempt from disclosure under section 40(2) of the Act , we would therefore only be able to provide you with the details of those properties which are owned by the council and companies, not by individuals. See the following link for the decision by the Information Tribunal for further details:(http://www.informationtribunal.gov.uk/DBFiles/Decision/i146/ENgland.pdf
Section 40(2) of the Act covers personal data where the person requesting the information is not the data subject and disclosure of the information would breach one or more of the data protection principles in the Act. Personal data is defined in the Data Protection Act 1998 as data which relate to a living individual who can be identified-
(a) from those data, or
(b) from those data and other information which is in the possession of, or is likely to come into the possession of, the data controller.
This is an Absolute exemption, and therefore is not subject to a public interest test.

We do not record the current market value of the properties, but have included the council tax banding to give an indication of property type etc. 

Charnwood Borough Council owned properties are shown on the Empty Council Properties spreadsheet.  Addresses for houses and flats in sheltered complexes have been grouped to protect those residents who maybe vulnerable

The Empty Commercial properties spreadsheet shows all currently empty commercial properties.

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