Filthy and verminous premises

We have powers to deal with properties that are deemed to be filthy or verminous, or both, under the Public Health Act 1936.

We will inspect the property.

To be considered filthy the conditions need to be fairly extreme. This could include accumulations of faeces or food waste in the property or garden.

If officers decide that the property is in a filthy or verminous condition then we will be able to serve a notice on the owner/occupier. They are then required to take steps to clean it up. If the work is not carried out, we may carry out the work and recover the costs of doing so from the owner/occupier.