Filthy and verminous properties

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Filthy or verminous premises are properties are prejudicial to health. These are properties that are in a filthy condition or have

  • rats
  • mice
  • insects
  • parasites including their eggs, larvae and pupae

This usually means that there is a large amount of rotting food, human or animal excrement inside the property.

Such properties often have an accumulation of material that can make access to premises difficult. The property may present a physical or fire risk to the occupants or those of adjoining premises.

Our officers can take action to remedy such premises under the provisions of the:

  • Public Health Acts, Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Prevention of Damages by Pests Act,

These situations have to be dealt with sensitively. Sometimes we need to work in partnership with Adult and Community Services and other organisations.

When we are notified of such a premises, an Environmental Protection Officer will carry out an inspection of the premises. This is to determine whether enforcement action is required.

If it is, we will talk to the owner or occupier to try to agree removal of all rubbish and articles and thoroughly clean the property.  

If the owner or occupier fails to comply, the Council can serve a statutory notice. The Notice will require the property to be cleaned and all rubbish and filthy articles removed.

Failure to comply with the requirements of the notice may result in prosecution.  The Council may carry out the works in default (for example, by appointing a contractor) and recover the costs back from the owner or occupier.

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