Terrible time with council tenant and shock at how law treats landlords15:32 PM, 9th January 2019
About 7 days ago 40
The owner of a property I manage has been issued an Abatement Notice (Environmental Protection Act 1990:S80) for a house where, according to the notice, the rear garden has an ‘accumulation of household waste’. I have no reason to doubt the presence of the waste as the property is in a very run-down poor area of the country where that sort of behavior is considered acceptable.
Of course I will be speaking with the tenant and asking them to make arrangements to clear the waste, but when I contacted the Council and questioned whether or not they had actually bothered to write/inform the tenants or serve the notice on them directly, I was met with a very rude and uncompromising stance that, “It’s the landlord’s responsibility.” Our LA consistently under-perform and often try to take the easiest route when it comes to issues of this nature (assuming the landlord will just do as they’re told), but I wish to challenge this.
I thought best to get the forum users advice first…does this indeed fall to the landlord or, if tenanted, as I believe, should in fact be their duty? It is after all their waste and they are still living in the property with no plans to move out.
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