Filthy or Verminous Properties
What are filthy and/or verminous premises?
Filthy - usually means there is a large amount of rotting food, human or animal excrement inside the property that is prejudicial to health
Verminous - means the property is infested with pests such as rats, mice or insects.
Premises - includes domestic and commercial, but does not include factories, mines or quarries.
What can we do?
The Public Health Act 1936 requires the Council to serve a notice on the occupier to cleanse the property where Environmental Health have found it to be filthy or verminous. It does not matter if the occupier owns or rents the property.
If Notices are not complied with the Council can employ contractors to carry out the required works to clean the property and/or destroy the vermin.
Sometimes the person in the property is vulnerable and needs help. The Council will work with partner organisations, such as Social Services, to try and provide as much help and support as possible.
The Council cannot use this legislation to deal with cluttered or untidy houses, or for rubbish in the garden only. Other legislation may be more appropriate for these situations such as Statutory Nuisance
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