Premises or animals nuisance
The council can deal with problems associated with properties which are in a poor state of repair and which affect adjacent properties and the occupants within. An example would be a leaking roof or gutter in an adjacent property that is causing dampness problems in your house.
Examples of disrepair include:
- dampness, condensation and mould growth
- damaged asbestos
- faulty or dangerous gas or electrical installations
- vermin or insect infestations
- fumes or gases
- unacceptable noise levels.
In general people are allowed to keep pet animals as long as they do not cause a statutory nuisance or a health hazard to people around them. Pet owners have a duty to ensure their pets are kept in such a way that they do not interfere with their neighbour's enjoyment of their homes. Animals that are not kept in suitable conditions can cause problems in relation to noise, odour and waste.
We try to resolve problems by offering help and advice but in circumstances where we determine there is a statutory nuisance we can use the powers available in the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
For general information and advice on statutory nuisance please visit our statutory nuisance homepage. The page provides background information on what the requirements are for something to be a statutory nuisance, information on how we investigate and what information and commitment we would require from our complainants.