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Environmental Protection Act 1990

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How the Environmental Protection Act 1990 can be used to remedy disrepair where premises are in such a bad condition that they constitute a threat to health or a nuisance, eg disease, noise, infestations, overcrowding, and dangerous buildings.


The Environmental Protection Act 1990. 

Definition of statutory nuisance

The definition of a statutory nuisance contained in the Environmental Protection Act 1990. 

Investigative duties

Information about local authority duties to inspect the area for statutory nuisance and to investigate complaints. 

Abatement notices

Abatement notices, the right of appeal against an abatement notice, and the options that exist where a notice is not complied with. 

Emergency proceedings

The action a local authority can take where a statutory nuisance is of immediate prejudice to health. 

Complaints procedure

Making a complaint where the local authority does not follow the correct procedure to remedy a statutory nuisance, or where the desired outcome is not achieved. 

Local authority responsible for statutory nuisance

When the local authority itself is responsible for a statutory nuisance 

Action by occupiers

How occupiers can take action themselves if there is a statutory nuisance. 

Human rights

How it may be possible to take action under the Human Rights Act 1998 in cases involving statutory nuisance. 

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