14:24 PM, 13th June 2013, About 10 years ago 13
I have a Housing Benefit tenant who bags up her domestic rubbish and then throws it into the back yard of the property to join the old three piece suite in there as well.
Despite my numerous requests to desist this behaviour she persists in doing this.
As a last resort I reported the situation to the local Council who promptly sent an Environmental Officer to examine the back yard.
I then received an official notice holding me, as the owner of the property, responsible for the rubbish. I was given seven days to clear the mess up or the Council will do it and send me the bill. They are citing the “Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 Section 4” as their authority to take this action.
I arranged for all the rubbish to be removed and paid the Local Council £18 to collect the three piece suite. Unfortunately as they are so busy they could not attend for four weeks.
Two weeks after making this payment I have received another seven day notice to remove the three piece suite. These Departments obviously do not communicate with each other.
My questions are-: As the owner of the property am I responsible for the tenants rubbish? My tenancy agreement clearly states that I am not. And, secondly, am I the correct person on whom the notice should be served.?
My fear would be that if I am found to be legally responsible for this situation its only a small step away from Utility Companies finding me responsible for all the unpaid bills accumulated during a tenancy.
Thanks – Tom Doolin
Check out this video – different landlord, same problem. Thanks to Mick Roberts – Property118 Member for allowing us to use this video.