FOI Request - Damage to Council Houses
(1) The amount spent by Moray Council each year for the last five years for repairs and replacements following damage caused by council tenants in council houses.
(2) The amount billed by Moray Council each year for the last five years to council house tenants to cover the costs of repairs and replacements after damage was caused.
(3) The amount received by Moray Council each year for the last five years from bills sent to council house tenants to cover the costs of repairs and replacements after damage was caused.
(4) And the number of council tenants who have been accommodated in another council house after causing damage to a previous council house.
(1) Cost of rechargeable repairs:
2007/08 - £117,005.41
2008/09 - £85,194.08
2009/10 - £78,127.62
2010/11 - £51,291.35
2011/12 - £33,836.43
|Admin Fee Recharged||9,227.15||8,655.49||6,006.10||5,375.64||3,249.81|
(3) At the present time it is not possible either from the general ledger or the finance system to identify amounts which have been billed and not paid without a major undertaking in terms of staff time and resources. Accounts/Invoices would have to be reviewed on an individual basis in order to arrive at an accurate figure. Outstanding accounts are pursued in accordance with the Council’s Debt Management Policy
(4) Where a former tenant reapplies to the Council for housing, checks are made to establish how their previous tenancy was conducted and whether they left any outstanding housing related debt. This would include any rent arrears and/or rechargeable repairs. Where it has been established that debts are owed, the Council will suspend the housing application from receiving any offers of housing until such time as:
- The previous tenant has cleared the debt in full; or
- The previous tenant has adhered to a repayment agreement for a reasonable period of time.
Legally however, the Council cannot prevent an offer of housing being made if the debt is less than 1/12 of the annual rent of their previous tenancy or where the debt is classed as “prescribed”. A debt is classed as prescribed when a period of 5 years has elapsed with no contact or payment from the debtor. This classification means that the debt is still outstanding but cannot be legally pursued for settlement.