FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

14 May 2019

I understand that each local authority has a list of void residential properties in their borough that are not being properly maintained by their owners. Could I kindly ask for a list of the void properties in your district/borough?

 



East Herts Council Response

15 May 2019

Further to your request for Information. It is not possible to provide the Information you requested as it is covered by a Qualified Exemption and the Council considers that it is not in the Public Interest to release the Information.

While there is public interest in bringing empty property back into use this should be weighed against the potential of criminal activity at the property and consideration given to residents of neighbouring properties for criminal activity or fear of such in the area. for these reasons we believe the public interest is in favour of non disclosure

Under section 31(1)(a) of the act Prejudice to the prevention or detection of crime.

Information on this exemption can be found here: http://www.ico.org.uk/for_organisations/freedom_of_information/guide/~/media/documents/library/Freedom_of_Information/Detailed_specialist_guides/law-enforcement-foi-section-31.pdf

This decision is supported by the following similar case: http://www.informationtribunal.gov.uk/DBFiles/Decision/i942/EA-2011-0007_2013-01-22.pdf

The council is aware that the tribunal decision is not binding on any case other than the one under its immediate deliberation, however the council does believe that the deliberations of the tribunal in this matter are helpful, and they continue to form an important part of the council"s decision making process.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Section 17 this document acts as a Refusal Notice and the Information requested cannot be released.

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

Further Information and Guidance is available from the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 01625 545 700

https://ico.org.uk/

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.



Customer

05 June 2019