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FOI 3863

Unpaid Tax, NNDRs and rents

Request

I write to request information under the Freedom of Information Act. I would like to receive:

1. Figures for the total amount of money (in cash terms) lost to the local authority last year (2011/12) and for each of the previous three years (2008/09, 2009/10, and 2010/11) resulting from unpaid tenant rents, council tax and business rates.

2. Estimates of outstanding unpaid tenant rents, council tax and business rates income for 2011/12 that the authority has not yet received but expects to claw back over time.

I would like these figures broken down by subject - i.e. different totals for council tax and business rates etc, where possible.

Response

Further to the email below, the Housing Department has advised the following information in connection with Rent arrears:-

Question 1: Figures for the total amount of money lost to the local authority last year (2011/12) and for each of the previous three years (2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11) resulting from unpaid tenants rents.

In 2008/09 we wrote off £13,501.22 as irrecoverable rent debt
In 2009/10 it was £478.71
In 2010/11 nothing was written off.
In 2011/12 we conducted a major audit of rent debts which resulted in £126,268.40 being written off.

Question 2: Estimate of outstanding unpaid tenant rents for 2011/12 that the authority has not yet received but expects to clawback over time.

£240,906.73 outstanding at end of financial year 2011/12, comprising of £128,329.08 current tenant arrears, £60,804.81 former tenant arrears, £2,930.35 temporary tenant rent arrears and £48,842.49 former temporary tenant arrears.