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What’s Gone Wrong at Guinness?

A rat on the guttering of Steve Sheldon’s block
A leaking roof in the Guinness block of flats

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2 thoughts on “What’s Gone Wrong at Guinness?”

  1. A leaking roof and an active rodent infestation, constitute a statutory nuisance, as defined by Section 79 (i) (a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which requires mandatory enforcement by the relevant local authority PRS officer. Housing association tenants are, for enforcement purposes, tenants of private landlords – have you contacted the Council and, if so, have they served notices?

  2. One of our members has responded:

    If block properties have a rat problem, this is primarily the legal responsibility of the relevant local authority to remedy in law, since any remedial action would normally require investigation of the origin of any infestation plus enforcement action against any landowners or utility providers who are harbouring rodents.

    Only the local authority are empowered to enforce the 1949 Prevention of Damage by Pests Act (and carry out works in default) – HA tenants can’t. The other legislation is the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Sections 79 (i) (a), which CAN be enforced by tenants and/or the Local Authority. Again, the latter have the power to carry out works in default and charge the owner

    It wasn’t clear from the article whether the local authority had been contacted and whether merely advice or a pest control treatment had been offered – which is wholly inadequate – or whether they had refused to intervene or requested payment of a fee. Either latter response would be unlawful, because Councils can’t make a charge for their statutory duties, which would merit a High Court action against the Council.

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