Certain activities that take place on your property could give rise to a statutory nuisance which must be investigated by the local authority.
If a local authority serves you with an abatement notice, you will need to either comply with the notice, or appeal against it. Failure to comply with an abatement notice can result in a prosecution and lead to substantial fines, while an abatement notice can be more serious and threaten the viability of a business.
What can be classed as a statutory nuisance?
Nuisance can be caused by, but are not limited to, the following:
- smoke, fumes and gases
- artificial light
- insect or animal infestations
For the issue to count as a statutory nuisance it must either unreasonably and substantially interfere with the use or enjoyment of a person’s home or other premises, injure health or be likely to injure health.
Our statutory nuisance advice
Our team can advise you of your rights, help you to negotiate and reach a compromise with the local authority. If that is not possible, we can help you to appeal and challenge the notice.
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