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I own a small terrace house which I let to a foreign couple. They decided they wanted to go back home.
On the last day of the rental I went to collect the keys. They had left loads of rubbish in the house which is what I was prepared for. I spent 2 weeks renovating the house and getting rid of the rubbish only to have a knock on the door which I opened to find a community enforcement officer for the local council who informed me that my ex tenants had fly tipped rubbish in the alley at the back of the property(not owned by me) and that as landlord I was responsible for its removal.
Not my rubbish
Not on my property
I did not know of its existence
I said all the above and stated I thought it was the councils job to remove as if anyone they own the alley (they have previously put locked gates at the the entrance to the alley to prevent fly tipping ha ha! ). They say as it came from the property its my responsibility I have now been served an 'invitation to interview' conducted in accordance with PACE (like some common criminal).Numerous phone calls have failed to resolve the issue. I either fight, risk a fine or give in and organise its removal at my expense. Apparently Im not even allowed to remove it myself or take it to the local tip/recycling centre as it is classed as hazardous waste and landlords are not allowed to use these facilities or obtain a licence to do so from the local council.
Seems like theyve got it all sown up!!
I wonder how they can prove the rubbish came from your tenants/property? Anyone could have put it there.Have they provided proof of this?
Vanessa Warwick Landlord and Co-Founder of PropertyTribes.com **If you have got value from Property Tribes, find out how you can support it in remaining a free to use community resource**
They said that they had found correspondence with the tenants name on it. I didnt ask for proof and maybe I should have although if Im honest I know it was them and they did dump it right outside the back gate in a locked alleyway to which only the residents have access. I was more incensed with the total lack of willingness to help in getting the rubbish removed - I even offered to pay the council to take away the waste - 'not a service they provide!'.Except they are clearing fly tipped rubbish all the time when they havn't got a mug like me to blame!As 'environmental officers' they seem more intent on finding someone to blame than the environment.They seem to be quite content to let the rubbish rot and stink out the whole street, encouraging rats etc whilst they invite me for 'interview ' and consider court action. They cant see that their prohibition on landlords using their tips and not being able to get a permit to transport waste only encourages fly tipping in the first place.
As you are responsible get it cleared by a private company straight away .Make sure you have receipts showing that the company is properly registered to clear waste ( not joe bloggs from around the corner) . When they call you in just say what rubbish its gone.
Are you able to get into the area via a garden gate?Bring the rubbish into the property and keep filling the bins for weekly / bi weekly collection, doubt they would hunt for the rubbish once its gone from the problem area.
Or pay for disposal via appropriate sources.
Omega Property (Formerly SBS Ltd.)
I am not professionally trained to give advice, generally posting for the benefit of the community or my own personal development.
Unless they have a camera on it I would just get it moved
Pick a company who is Licanced
Once its gone Its gone
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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If it costs a few £hundred to get it cleared by a properly licensed company that can give you a receipt I would just get it done and move on. It's a hassle, but look into ways you can stop this happening in the future if possible?
Not sure that there are ways to stop this happening . You just never know for sure
how any tenant may leave until the day you get your keys back .
Not cheap to get rid of rubbish goods/ fridges old beds etc .
To do it legally it just cost me £400 . In good position that I have deposit to use.