I would like to request details of the following under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in relation to landlord incentive schemes.
1. Does your council offer a “landlord’s incentive scheme” to letting agents and agencies? By “Landlord Incentive Scheme”, I mean any scheme or project where letting agents are paid extra by the authority to house local families at risk of becoming homeless.
2. If so, on how many occasions and how much money has the council paid letting agents and agencies though such schemes? Please provide a breakdown of the figures, by calendar year, since January 2009.
3. On how many occasions has the council paid letting agents and agencies through such schemes, where the tenant has subsequently been evicted?
Please provide a breakdown of the figures, by calendar year, since January 2009, including the amount initially paid to the letting agent through the scheme. Please provide the date that payment was made, the date of subsequent eviction and the reason for eviction.
4. In cases where the council paid letting agents and agencies through the scheme and the tenant was subsequently evicted, how much money did the council recover? Please provide a breakdown by calendar year since January 2009.
If for any reason you deny my request, please explain why with reference to the act.
With reference to your enquiry under the Freedom of Information Act, I sincerely apologise for the delay in responding to you.
I can confirm that Brentwood Borough Council do not currently offer a ‘Landlord Incentive Scheme’ or any other scheme to letting agents and agents to house families at risk of becoming homeless.
I hope this addresses your enquiry. If you need anything further, please let me know.