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Freedom of Information Request

Empty Properties and Council Tax

Received: 10 February 2020

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information act, concerning vacant homes in your district.

1. Please could you tell me how many private and social homes have been vacant in your authority for the following numbers of financial years*:

a. Less than one year
b. One year
c. Two years
d. Three years
e. Four years
f. Five years
g. Six years
h. Seven years
i. Eight years
j. Nine years
k. Ten years
l. 11 - 19 years
m. 20 or more years

*Please treat 'years' as financial years. If a home has been empty since at any point during the 2017/ 2018 financial year, I would expect this to be listed under 'two years'. If a home has been listed as empty within the current financial year, I would expect this to be listed as 'less than one year'.

Please could you break this information down by:

Column a) The 'number of years'
Column b) 'Private' or 'social' home - a separate count for private, and social, if available
Column c) The number of vacant homes

2) Please could you tell me how many homes have been newly built in your authority each year for the last 10 financial years - with this information broken down by:

Column a) The financial year
Column b) 'Private' or 'social' home - a separate count for private, and social, if available
Column c) The number of homes that were newly built that year

3) Please could you tell me how many newly built homes received applications for 'unoccupied and unfurnished property discounts' for each of the last 10 financial years?

Please could you break this information down by:

Column a) The financial year that the homes were built
Column b) 'Private' or 'social' homes - a separate count for private, and social, if available
Column c) The number of applications for 'unoccupied and unfurnished property discounts' of homes newly built that year

4) How much money has your council raised each financial year, for the last ten financial years, from charging extra council tax on homes that have been vacant for two or more years?

Please could you break this information down by:

Column a) The financial year
Column b) The amount of money raised in council tax from homes vacant for two or more years
Column c) The total amount of money raised in council tax that financial year

Please provide this response in Excel/ machine readable format.

Should this request exceed the time in which you are obliged to reply, please prioritise questions 2, 3, 4 and 1 in that order.

Outcome / Documents

  • Response (all information to be supplied) - application/pdf - Download

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