Report rubbish and drainage issues on private land
Find out what you can do about rubbish on private land, what a filthy and verminous property is and how to report drainage issues.
What you can do about rubbish on private land
The land owner is responsible for clearing waste from their land, even if someone else has dumped it there. Find out how to report fly-tipping.
We can only force the land owner to clear waste from private land, if it could cause the spread of disease. Waste like soft bedding that vermin can nest in or food waste could spread disease.
We cannot force people to remove other rubbish like building rubble, car parts, discarded furniture or electrical equipment.
If a build up of rubbish is having considerable visual impact, you can report it to planning enforcement.
Find out more about waste and rubbish issues.
What a filthy and verminous property is
Filthy or verminous properties are ones which could cause problems to health.
This includes things like rotting food waste, faecal contamination or where there’s a high number of vermin.
Properties in this state are sometimes associated with individuals who have lost the ability to look after themselves. They’re also linked to people who are hoarding a lot of items.
You can find guidance on hoarding from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
We have powers under the Public Health Act 1936 to resolve these issues. We must pay attention to individual's rights and our enforcement policy.
Report a drainage issue
All drainage issues will likely either be the responsibility of the land owner or Southern Water. The Southern Water website has information on who is responsible for a drainage issue.
If a drainage issue is affecting another property, like a broken pipe causing damp in another house, we can get involved.
We’ll get involved if the individual or company who’s responsible for the drain is not repairing it.
If the drainage issue is from a business, please report it through our online environmental health contact form.
You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01273 294 266.
If a privately rented home is causing the problem and the landlord is not fixing it, please send an email to email@example.com or phone 01273 293 156.
Private water supplies
All private water supplies should be registered with the council.
Find more information on private water supplies, from the Drinking Water Inspectorate.