FOI Request - One Bedroom Properties

Request 101000120930

1. The number of weeks in a year that the council pays Housing Benefit to a full-year claimant (e.g. 52 weeks a year, 48 weeks a year etc)

2. The number of vacant one-bedroom properties that currently exist (or are likely to exist in April 2013)
(a) in the local council housing stock and
(b) in the social and affordable housing stock of local housing associations, excluding supported housing units

3. The number of one-bedroom properties (excluding void properties) that became vacant
(a) in the local council housing stock and
(b) in the social and affordable housing stock of local housing associations, during 2012 (or 2012/13 year-to-date, if a calendar year figure is unavailable). Where a property became vacant more than once during the year, please count each vacancy individually if possible

4. The figure for (3), but excluding supported housing units

5. A list of all ALMOs, Registered Social Landlords, Housing Associations and other social/affordable housing providers known to provide housing in the council area

Response 19-02-2013

1. Council tenants receive 4 weeks free rent per annum.  This means that they pay 48 weeks rent over each year and housing benefit is paid only for those 48 weeks.

Occupants of our homeless accommodation are however charged for the whole 52 weeks and housing benefit is charged and paid for that same period.

2a. At 30 January 2013, the Council had 16 vacant properties for re-let.  This figure excludes any accommodation that the council uses for temporary homeless accommodation. The Council also had 18 additional new build properties which had just been handed over from a Developer.  None of these vacancies are likely to remain exist in April 2013.

Note that for Q2, Q3 and Q4, we have excluded properties which are used as temporary accommodation for homeless households.

b. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 (1b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

3a. 216 1 bedroom properties became available during 2012.  These have subsequently been let. 

b. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 (1b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

4. Excluding the 25 sheltered housing voids, there were 191 properties which came into this category.  We are unable to provide information for other social landlords.

5.  You can obtain a list of RSLs by local authority area from the Scottish Housing Regulator’s website.  From this link you can also access the Annual Performance and Statistical Return (APSR) for each RSL, which contains information on vacant properties, although this may not be in the format you require. 

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