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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.