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Environmental Protection - Filthy and Verminous Properties

Filthy or verminous premises are properties that are considered verminous (including rats, mice, insects or parasites including their eggs, larvae and pupae) or in such a filthy condition as to be prejudicial to health (this usually means that there is a large amount of rotting food or human or animal excrement inside the property). Such properties are frequently characterized by an accumulation of material that can make access to premises difficult and that may present a physical or fire risk to the occupants or those of adjoining premises.

Officers in the Environmental Protection Team, under the provisions of the Public Health Acts, Environmental Protection Act 1990 or the Prevention of Damages by Pests Act, can take action to remedy such premises. Such premises have to be dealt with sensitively and sometimes in partnership with Adult and Community Services and other organisations.

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Once the Council has been notified of such a premises, an Environmental Protection Officer will carry out an inspection of the premises to determine if enforcement action is required. Once this has been determined, discussions with the owner/occupier will take place to try and gain an agreement to remove all rubbish and articles and to thoroughly clean the property.  If the owner/occupier fails to comply, the Council can serve a statutory notice requiring the property to be cleansed and all rubbish and filthy articles removed.

Failure to comply with the requirements of the notice may result in either prosecution and/or the Council carrying out the works in default (i.e. appointing a contractor) and recovering the costs back from the owner/occupier.

Should you be affected by such premises, or want some advice on the matter please contact us by using the contact details on this page