FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

16 March 2021

This request is for the attention of the private residential empty homes team or person. Please note that not all Councils have a designated Empty Homes Officer and therefore please ensure the relevant department is consulted.

The relevant department may be named as any of the following:

 

  • Private Sector Housing Officer
  • Planning & Enforcement Officer
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Environmental Enforcement Officer
  • Empty Property Officer
  • Housing Development Officer
  • Housing Standards Officer
  • Council Tax Officers

 

Could you please then provide the following information:

 

  1. Does the council currently use the services of an external tracing agent, research firm or genealogists to assist with finding owners of empty or presumed empty, privately owned residential property?
  2. If so, which firm(s) has the council worked with?
  3. Please provide the name, email address and direct telephone number of the officer or team that manages or monitors private residential empty homes matters.

 



East Herts Council Response

14 April 2021

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

  1. Does the council currently use the services of an external tracing agent, research firm or genealogists to assist with finding owners of empty or presumed empty, privately owned residential property? No
  2. If so, which firm(s) has the council worked with? N/A
  3. Please provide the name, email address and direct telephone number of the officer or team that manages or monitors private residential empty homes matters.  the council no longer has an Empty Homes Service or function or employ an  Officer that has empty homes management or monitoring in their job description.

 

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

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

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

Telephone 0303 123 1113

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.