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  • Problem Tenants

    Child Welfare Issue

    I attended my brother’s property with him yesterday to inspect it at the end of a section 21 period. We discovered that the tenant had left (according to the neighbour, four weeks ago).  

    Inside the state of the property was appalling, almost every room is knee-deep in filthy clothes, rubbish, food wrappers, nappies, toys, there are several fridge/freezers full of rotting food and the kitchen is indescribable.  It’s clear that this isn’t just a bit of rubbish left at the end of a tenancy, but how they have been living.  The tenant was a single mother with four children ranging in age from approximately 13 to two and seeing those conditions makes me very concerned for their welfare.  

    I would like to contact social services, our solicitor (I have been acting for my brother as he lives overseas) recommends that I make the report rather than my brother, but I would be grateful to hear if anyone has had a similar experience or any advice.  

    I do not believe the children are in immediate danger, and the neighbour reported that they were attending school, but I would like to act on this as soon as possible.  

    We have lots of other issues such as arrears and the Torts Act, but this is what I am dealing with first.  Thanks in advance for your help.

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    I think you should always report a child welfare case. Just contact the council and express your concerns.

    My tenants asked me for advice about a neighbour whose child they had concerns about and I supported them in contacting the welfare service with them .

    The welfare service was both understanding and discreet and the problem family were visited and as far as I  am aware,  given assistance with their issues.

    When I asked my tenants they said the situation was much improved from their perspective.

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    Thank you Alison, I have reported the matter, but I'm not sure they will take any action.  They said they did not want me to send photographs at this stage.  I really hope they will follow it up, but apparently they will give me no further feedback.

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    I think it's reasonable for them to treat the matter confidentiality.  You've done your bit. Now it's up to them to act professionally in the interests of the child.

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    Hi again Alison, they did call me back yesterday and asked for photos and a statement, so yes they are taking it seriously now which is a relief.  I hope things will improve for these four children as a result.


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