renting garage (FOI-2632)
Dear ****** *****
Re: Freedom of Information Request.
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We would like to offer our sincere apologies for the delay in responding to your enquiry. Your request has been considered and our response is in bold below.
You requested the following:
I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. For last of 5 years for renting garage, resident or non resident. How long they waited for? When garages were available to rent, where they rented to people on waiting list? I would be interested in any information held by your organisation regarding my request. I understand that I do not have to specify particular files or documents and it is the departments responsibilty to provide the information I require. If you need further clarification please contact me by email. I would like the information to be emailed to me in electronic form
The Council’s Response
1: For last of 5 years for renting garage, resident or non resident.
In the last five years there has been a total of 1,653 garages let by Hackney Council. Of those lets 65% have been let to non-council residents and 35% have been let to council residents. There are several factors which have determined this for example, there is significantly less demand from council residents for garages. Many more council properties are now owned by leaseholders whom rent out their properties privately.
2: How long they waited for?
It really is impossible to provide you with average wait times for garages because this is also determined by a number of factors. Waiting times depend on availability (some areas have more garages than others. Hoxton and Shoreditch have the highest demand for garages but unfortunately it also has the least amount of garages in the area, so inevitably waiting times for prospective tenants in these areas will be longer than other areas of Hackney). Another factor determining wait time is your priority on the waiting list. Council tenants whom are disabled and over 60 are given highest priority, council tenants are next and then people living in a council household, Hackney residents and then non Hackney residents. Ultimately, you are reliant on somebody giving up their garage before another becomes available.
3: When garages were available to rent, where they rented to people on waiting list?
Whenever garages become available unless in very special circumstances allocation is always based upon the waiting list and the rel*****nt priority.
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