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Filthy premises

Filthy premises are neighbouring properties which are impacting on your property by the condition that they are in. This usually means that there is rotting food, human or animal excrement inside the property.

These powers cannot be used to deal with 'cluttered' or untidy houses, rubbish in gardens etc.

If you are concerned about the person living in the property and want to get help for them or yourself, you could contact Devon County Council Social Care and Health

A property that may be in a filthy condition will be inspected by an officer.

Where appropriate, we will service legal notices requiring owners to clear filthy premises.


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  • your name, address and contact telephone number
  • accurate details of the source of the problem before we can start an investigation

All complainants' personal details will be treated confidentially, however should the case go to court then your names would have to be released. You would have an opportunity to discuss this with the case officer before the details were released.

Anonymous complaints will not normally be investigated.


We will respond to all incidents within two working days. We will contact both parties and if possible mediate between complainants to provide a solution.

We will visit the property to assess the conditions.


You can contact your neighbour direct and resolve it between yourselves - how to resolve neighbour disputes

You can take private action and we would recommend that you contact a solicitor for advice.


When this content has been updated

Last updated 14 September 2022