The Environmental Protection team can take action against the owner if a property is empty and open for unauthorised access. However the opening must be sufficient for a person to gain access; small openings and broken glazing are outside the remit of the legislation we can use. Additionally, if there is an accumulation of waste material that poses a risk to health, we can ensure it is removed.
To report an empty property which is open for access please call the council's Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001.
Once we are aware of an eyesore property causing problems we will work with the owner, where possible, offering advice and assistance.
Where owners don't work with us to address reasonable concerns, an assessment will be carried out to decide whether enforcement action is appropriate. Where necessary, we have a range of enforcement powers to deal with eyesore properties including:
- The Housing Act 2004
- The Environmental Protection Act 1990
- The Town and Country Planning Act 1990
- The Building Act 1984
- The Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949
To report an eyesore property please call the council's Environment Contact Centre on 01642 726001.