Properties Open to Unauthorised Access
The Council has powers under The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 Sections 29-32 to deal with premises that are not effectively secured against unauthorised entry (usually empty properties where doors or ground floor windows have been removed) or where premises are likely to become a danger to public health (where slates or broken glass may fall on passing members of the public). The powers only apply to buildings which are unoccupied or where the occupier is temporarily absent.
The procedure used involves serving a legal notice of intention to carry out works on the owner of the building requesting that specific works (to either prevent unauthorised access or to prevent the building becoming a danger to public health) are carried out within a time period of at least 48 hours from the time the notice is served or the Council will carry out the work and recharge the owner. However, where a building requires immediate work to prevent it becoming a danger to public health the Council can carry out works without serving a notice of intention.
For advice please contact Public Protection.