What is a dangerous or insanitary building
A dangerous building might:
- be older and/or poorly maintained
- be currently used for something it wasn’t designed for
- have suffered a structural failure or be in a state of disrepair that means it could collapse.
An insanitary building might not have:
- sanitary facilities such as functioning toilets, washing and bathing facilities
- a potable (drinkable) water supply
- a hot water supply.
1. What we do
- if there has been any unauthorised building work and/or change of use
- the standard of maintenance of any specified systems
- the state of repair of building structures and services
- the safety level of the building.
And we make sure that:
- people use buildings safely and without endangering their health
- people can escape from a building in an emergency
- buildings are unlikely to cause injury or death to persons on other property, or damage to other property.
If there’s a problem with a building, our compliance team will work with the building owner to find a way to get the building back to a safe, healthy state.
2. What you do
If you are a building owner, you:
- are legally responsible for ensuring the maintenance and compliance of your building
- should employ a building surveyor if you think your building may be dangerous or insanitary
- should take immediate steps to make sure your building, and any occupants, are safe if you discover the building is dangerous or insanitary.
Interested buyers and renters can:
- ask an expert to check the building you want to buy or rent
- look for the building’s warrant of fitness certificate (BWoF) in the foyer or entrance and check this is up to date.
For more information or if you think a building might be dangerous or insanitary, contact us.
Phone: 07 8386677
Last updated 9 October 2023