Feature – Everybody needs good neighbours…
Posted on August 17, 2018 at 9:52 am
Our next door neighbours who had become close friends over the last decade, moved house about 18 months ago and have rented the house out since. We’re on tenant number 2 and I can’t lie – he or she is a gigantic pain in the derrière for reasons too petty to waste your time with. One thing I am unable to accuse him/her of however, is storing hazardous or illegal waste in the premises – a criminal activity which is massively on the rise.
According to the Environment Agency, it is a growing trend for individuals to pose as legitimate tenants to rent properties, which are then used to store illegal waste.
Once discovered, landlords, property managers and farmers are landed with clear up costs, and the Agency warned those unfortunates face possible criminal prosecution, fines and even custodial sentences for failure to operate without an environmental permit. That is brutal.
The EA has called for landlords to be extra vigilant when letting out their properties. They are also re-emphasising the need for all businesses, organisations and individuals to manage their waste responsibly to prevent it from getting into criminal hands in the first place.
During the period December 2016 – November 2017 the Agency investigated the dumping of 18,244 bales of waste – each bale weighing approximately 1 tonne. They estimate that at a conservative price estimate of £70 per bale this would amount to £1,277,000 for correctly disposing of the waste.
The top four land types which are most susceptible to illegal dumping are:
- Farms 34%
- Industrial Unit 24%
- Abandoned factory 10%
- Derelict sites 7%
I’d have said 3 and 4 are much the same but semantics…
So – landlords, managing agents and anyone renting these types of land and property should heed the EA’s advice:
- Carry out rigorous checks on prospective new tenants.
- Check any empty land and property regularly and make sure it is secure.
- Check before signing a contract that the contract complies with relevant regulations.
- Be vigilant and report any unusual behaviour.
If only our former neighbours had been so careful…
Feature content supplied each month by Tristan Meears-White of leading law firm Pannone Corporate LLP.
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