Dilapidated, dirty and infested homes
More often than not, a home becoming excessively dirty, infested or falling into ruin is a sign that the occupant may be vulnerable and need support. Under the Public Health Act, we have powers to deal with these properties, although we would first attempt to contact the occupant to make sure they're okay.
Occasions we would consider getting involved include where a property is infested with rats or fleas, or contains decomposing rubbish. We do not investigate premises that are merely unsightly, untidy or in a bad state of repair.
In cases where there is a risk to public health, we can obtain a warrant to enter and clean the property.
Details about how we deal with complaints can be found on this page. You can report a problem by filling in our online report form or contacting Environmental protection (see contacts section of this page).
Last reviewed: 28 - 06 - 2016