Published Thursday, 04 November 2021

Contaminated recycling bins, excess side waste and rubbish in front/rear gardens are just some of the problems being investigated by Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers’ (NEO’s) and Environmental Case Officers’ (ECO’s) in two streets in the city.

A row of houses

Officers have been posting educational leaflets, knocking on doors and reminding residents in Carmelite Road and Monks Road about their responsibilities in waste management and storage of bins.

Both roads have a high number of HMOs and Coventry City Council introduced a new Additional Licensing Scheme in May 2020 meaning that all houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) are subject to licensing – which also places legal responsibilities on waste management.

Residents have been asked to remove the bins from the footpath and to only place them on the path when it is collection day.

The NEO’s carried out the work, over a three-week period, however out of 108 properties a total of 19 have yet to remove their bins in both streets, so will now be issued with Community Protection Warning Notices on the properties.

If this is ignored a Community Protection Notice will be issued which could lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Two properties have been served with notices for waste in gardens and have 21 days to clear the refuse.

The street’s in the St Michael’s ward of Coventry have been earmarked as part of a co-ordinated effort to cut waste and target HMOs who are flouting current licensing rules.

Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Council Leader, said: “It’s important that landlords and tenants understand their responsibilities to get rid of waste properly.

“Most people are responsible and will respond to education and advice, but in cases where we suspect flytipping waste the culprits will be investigated and prosecuted.”

Fifteen licences are being processed or have been issued on Monk’s road with 19 on Carmelite Road. Although there are some that still do not hold a licence.

The licences include strict conditions relating to waste management for which the licence holder must comply. Missing or inadequate bins, excess side waste, contamination of recycling and bins on the footpath are all covered. To help ensure that tenants understand their responsibilities in complying with the arrangements put in place by the manager, a licence condition requiring the establishment of “house rules” relating to bins and rubbish, and the display of a colour infographic within the HMO have been included.

Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, added: “We are running a co-ordinated effort to address high amounts of waste and litter in this area and we want to ensure that landlords of HMOs are aware of their responsibilities.

“This means holding them to account to make sure they educate and inform their tenants on what is expected from them when it comes to waste.

“It is one of the reasons why the licensing scheme has been set up and there are legal penalties people could face if they fail to be a responsible landlord.”

Landlords who flout these new rules face up to a £30,000 fine per offence, loss of their licence to operate and/or prosecution. The same level of fines can apply to those caught operating without a licence. Where there is no reasonable prospect of a property being licensed, the Council can apply for an Interim Management Order, meaning the HMO is run by the Council acting as a landlord.


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