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Fly Tipping Dispute

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Threads
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FaeFae Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Threads
Hi,

Not sure if this is the correct place to post this, but hopefully it is.

We moved house in March of this year, on the day we moved we left a small wooden shelf unit in the bin store, and contacted the council to arrange collection. Another resident noticed us leaving the unit, and demanded we take our rubbish with us, I explained that I had contacted the council and he left.

The area we lived in had a management company, who take care of the upkeep of communal areas including the bin stores for a yearly fee. The Management company is made up of a group of residents.

Today I recived a letter from the management company stating that a witness saw us illegally non domestice rubbish in the bin store, and enclosing an invoice for £80 for removal and admin fees. They are asking for payment within 14 days or they will proceed with the debt recovery procees, and have stated that if it proceeds to court then additional fees will be added to the final bill.

The management company did have my email address, so I don't know why they didn't contact me before now, I don't know where they go my new address from, I assume from the estate agents (would this be breach of DPA ? )

My questions are:

Should they have tried to contact me by email to resolve the issue before resorting to incurring costs ? (if they had let me know the council hadn't collected I would have contacted them again or gone back and picked up the shelf myself, I had no intention of leaving it for someone else to deal with)

Is a small wooden shelf unit classed as non domestic rubbish ?

Should they have just contacted the council to find out why they hadn't collected ?

We are going to contact them and ask why they didn't contact us by email, and also check that this does relate to the shelf unit as the letter doesn't say, and also ask for proof of the costs incurred, as the invoice is one that has been drawn up by the managment company and doesn't have any breakdown of the cost.

Is there anything else that we should be doing ? what is our liabilty with this ?

Any help much appricated

Thanks
Fae
LBM 29/10/2013 £14,218.00 As of 13/04/2014 £6477.00
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  • Did you not contact the council to ask why they had not collected it? Is it still there now?
  • FaeFae Forumite
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    Because we had moved to a house 30 mins away we didn't know it hadn't been collected, but I see your point perhaps we should have checked.

    I assume as we are being invoiced for the removal that it has now gone.

    Fae
    LBM 29/10/2013 £14,218.00 As of 13/04/2014 £6477.00
    Paid 54%
    3 months to go 13 weeks
    DFD 28th August 2014
  • Fae wrote: »
    Because we had moved to a house 30 mins away we didn't know it hadn't been collected, but I see your point perhaps we should have checked.

    I assume as we are being invoiced for the removal that it has now gone.

    Fae

    Yes, the responsibility for the item remains with you until it is removed. I would pay the charge.
  • ---lee------lee--- Forumite
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    Sounds like a load of rubish to me (no pun intended).

    I don't see how a private company can issue you with a penalty.

    I would reply in writing/email and deny any knowledge of dumping 'non-domestic' refuse. I would not add any further detail. As you say, the only thing you left was a shelf and you made arrangments for it to be collected. That's not 'non-domestic' is it?

    For all you know, someone could have dumped a load of extra rubish and this could be what they are refering to. It all seems a bit vauge to me - I don't see how court action could ever occur.

    BTW, fly tipping on private land is a civil matter.
  • paddedjohnpaddedjohn Forumite
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    Yes, the responsibility for the item remains with you until it is removed. I would pay the charge.


    Rubbish advice. They have no authority to charge you a penalty for flytipping, tell to go and whistle, the worst that can happen is that they could (very unlikely) try their luck in court and a judge in all probability would laugh at them. The only loss they have suffered is the cost of removing the offending item which was probably about a £5 unless they are a total bunch of fcuk-wits.
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  • princeofpoundsprinceofpounds Forumite
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    There are no grounds for charging such a penalty.

    It is domestic waste; if your council does a bulky waste collection then it was perfectly reasonable to leave the item there for collection (after all, where else should it have gone?)
  • FaeFae Forumite
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    Thanks so much for the replies, it's made me feel a lot more confident of my ground. We have gone back to them and explained that we didn't leave any non-domestic rubbish. We will see what they respond to that.

    If it does turn out to be the shelf, then I will ask details of when it was removed, to make sure they did allow the council time to remove it, and also for proof of the cost of removal (receipt) which I'm sure will be less than £80, and if it's reasonable I will pay that (mostly because otherwise the cost will be passed onto the other residents in the yearly managment charge, which I feel is unfair on them) I will not pay any fine, or extra fees that they have added.

    Once again many thanks for the replies

    Fae
    LBM 29/10/2013 £14,218.00 As of 13/04/2014 £6477.00
    Paid 54%
    3 months to go 13 weeks
    DFD 28th August 2014
  • lucy03lucy03 Forumite
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    paddedjohn wrote: »
    Rubbish advice. They have no authority to charge you a penalty for flytipping, tell to go and whistle, the worst that can happen is that they could (very unlikely) try their luck in court and a judge in all probability would laugh at them. The only loss they have suffered is the cost of removing the offending item which was probably about a £5 unless they are a total bunch of fcuk-wits.

    I would agree that it is unlikely this is a charge which the management company could easily pursue, although it's unlikely to be the case that a judge would laugh at them in my view. Small claims courts can make some erratic decisions, and it's also worth bearing in mind that if the management company does pursue such a civil action, it's a waste of your time if nothing else. So personally I think you're right to reply requesting further information such as times and the like, to avoid them taking it further.

    However I'm surprised the above poster is able to get rid of items for £5 unless it's one of the councils which collects over-sized items for free to avoid them being fly-tipped. A management company I have links with has had to agree with the council a fee every time a large item is left near the private bins area and although it's a reasonable agreement, it is still substantially more than £5 per item. They had no choice otherwise the council would just leave the over-sized items where they were left.
  • princeofpoundsprinceofpounds Forumite
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    However I'm surprised the above poster is able to get rid of items for £5 unless it's one of the councils which collects over-sized items for free to avoid them being fly-tipped. A management company I have links with has had to agree with the council a fee every time a large item is left near the private bins area and although it's a reasonable agreement, it is still substantially more than £5 per item. They had no choice otherwise the council would just leave the over-sized items where they were left.

    The last 2 councils I have lived under would give a limited number of free collections. I don't think it's that rare to have small charges.
  • our last council charged £15 for 5 items(any size)
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