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Empty Housing Info

Requested on
Thu 25th August, 2011
Reference
FOI 1435
Resolution
Information provided

Question

I am researching empty homes and would like to find out information about empty properties in your local authority. Please supply me with the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.

1. How many empty dwellings were there in your local authority on 31st March 2011?

2. a) What is the current total number of empty dwellings within your local authority where demolition is, or was, planned?

b) Out of these, how many are:

- Privately owned

- Owned by the council

- Owned by housing associations

- Owned by any other public body

3. a) What specific measures do you use to safeguard empty dwellings from risks (such as squatting)?

b) How much has it cost, in the last financial year, to secure council-owned empty dwellings from risks (such as squatters)?

c) How much do you spend per property to secure against these risks?

4. How many empty dwellings that were owned by your local authority have been transferred to another organisation under your control within the last two years?

Answer

1.       How many empty dwellings were there in your local authority on 31st March 2011?
2335

2.       a)         What is the current total number of empty dwellings within your local authority where demolition is, or was, planned? None

b)         Out of these, how many are:
            Privately owned
            Owned by the council
            Owned by housing associations
            Owned by any other public body
N/A

3.       a)         What specific measures do you use to safeguard empty dwellings from risks (such as squatting)?
Curtains, Blinds and Screening where necessary
 
b)         How much has it cost, in the last financial year, to secure council-owned empty dwellings from risks (such as squatters)?
£26,765

c)         How much do you spend per property to secure against these risks?
£41.50

4.       How many empty dwellings that were owned by your local authority have been transferred to another organisation under your control within the last two years?
None

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