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Council demanding payment for rubbish removal when the

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Council demanding payment for rubbish removal when the tenant has refused to remove the rubbish himself.
JA: Where is the tenant? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Tameside
JA: What steps has the tenant taken so far?
Customer: None whatsoever, refused to remove rubbish or even put bins out. This led to rat infestations and complaints from neighbours.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: The Landlord (my daughter) has refused to pay the bill because the tenant has been obstinate and is surely committing an offence around fly tipping and anti-social behaviour. The council have demanded payment from her for removal, but she has made a formal complaint which has been rejected. She is now moving to Stage 2 of the council's complaints procedure.
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  MARTINT330 replied 11 days ago.

Hello I am happy to help this evening.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Hello are you still there?
Expert:  MARTINT330 replied 11 days ago.

Yes I am still here. Apologies. I got caught on a call.

Expert:  MARTINT330 replied 11 days ago.

Who has the bill been made out to? Is it in your daughters name?

Expert:  MARTINT330 replied 11 days ago.

Can you let me know who the bill is addressed to?

Expert:  MARTINT330 replied 11 days ago.

Provided it is detailed in the tenancy agreement you could highlight this to the tenant that in accordance with their tenancy agreement, they are responsible for keeping the property clear from rubbish and ensuring that it is regularly collected by the local authority.

If there is an excessive amount of rubbish (more than 1 wheelie bin load), the council tend to not remove it which is a shock in your case. If the tenant does not remove it often the need arises to hire a rubbish removal company to ensure the property is clear of rubbish. This is often what happens

You should write to the tenant with letter before claim for the sum of the bill.

If you respond I can go into more detail however until I have more information I can only give general guidance.