Filthy and verminous property
We have the power to deal with filthy and verminous premises under The Public Health Act 1936.
- Filthy - usually means there is rotting food, human or animal excrement inside the property.
- Verminous - means the property is infested with pests such as vermin or insects.
Filthy or verminous premises present a serious risk to public health and can have a detrimental effect on people's well-being. Such properties may also start to affect neighbouring properties due to the smells, infestations and problems caused by poor repair.
Piles of rubbish (accumulations)
Whilst people have a legal right to store items on their own premises, this must not result in a nuisance to their neighbours or present a public health risk. Accumulations which may cause a statutory nuisance include items which could cause risk to health or a nuisance to neighbouring properties. For example:
- An accumulation of refuse sacks containing food waste in your neighbour’s garden which gives rise to unpleasant odours and flies
- Rotting food or materials which may attract flies, rats or other vermin
- Rubbish which may provide harbourage for rats and mice.
If you have an issue with vermin outside or inside your own property, we offer a pest control service.