FOI Request: Council housing bids (FOI-1623)
Freedom of information request Thank you for supplying the information initially requested. Please could I also ask the following: As of today (02/10/18) how many applicants are ahead of me in A) urgent band and B) emergency band? Specifically those that can bid on 4/5 bedroomed properties. You stated that as of 31 March 2018, Hackney Council held 209 vacant 4/5 bedroomed homes, and of these 160 were earmarked for regeneration. A) Can you explain what is meant by regeneration? B) Can you confirm the number of 4/5 bed properties that remain vacant as of 3/10/18? C) Of the 49 properties NOT set aside for regeneration, can you explain why these are not being advertised on the east London letting company website at a rate of more than one or two per month at most? Can you clarify for me why it is that when I first joined urgent band after bidding unsuccessfully for 6 years in general band I placed in position 38, yet two years on I am finishing in position 40? (I was under the impression that strict date rules applied) I recently made a formal complaint as I believe my application had been mishandled, and there was a degree of maladministration. At the councils resolution stage my concerns were not addressed adequately nor were they resolved, and I have been left with no alternative but to ask that this be reopened or escalated to stage 2. Thank you for taking the time to assist me. Please could you pass on any queries that are not answerable within the FOI request to the relevant personnel.
With regards to this request
Could you please look into this as 20 working days from your initial response expired 02/11/18
Kind thanks in advance
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Thank you for your request of 2nd October. We apologise for the long delay in issuing this response.
Please find below your questions and the Council"s response
As of today (02/10/18) how many applicants are ahead of me in A) urgent band and B) emergency band? Specifically those that can bid on 4/5 bedroomed properties.
As of the 31/10/2018 there were 90 households on the housing waiting list ahead of you who can bid on 4 bedroom social properties or 5 bedroom social properties.
Emergency Band = 0 households
Urgent Band = 90 households
2) You stated that as of 31 March 2018, Hackney Council held 209 vacant 4/5 bedroomed homes, and of these 160 were earmarked for regeneration.
Can you explain what is meant by regeneration?
The London Borough of Hackney is in the process of one of the largest estate regeneration projects in the country. This involves demolishing the original blocks, and replacing them over a period with new high quality Council homes.
As blocks of Council Housing are scheduled to be redeveloped, the existing tenants have to be decanted (moved out) and rehoused in alternative Council properties. Due to the time it takes to rehouse existing tenants in social properties in Hackney this process can take an extended period.
Empty properties earmarked for regeneration, means that the existing tenants have been decanted (moved out of the property), however the home cannot be re-let as a secure Council tenancy, as the property is due to be demolished in the short to medium term..
Can you confirm the number of 4/5 bed properties that remain vacant as of 3/10/18?
As at 3/10/18 Hackney had 1 (non-regen) five bedroomed property available for re-letting. Advertisement was requested the latter part of September with the Shortlist provided within the first week of October.
Of the 49 properties NOT set aside for regeneration, can you explain why these are not being advertised on the east London letting company website at a rate of more than one or two per month at most?
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