Rubbish Disposed of Irresponsibly Leads to Fine for Landlord

A landlord is facing a court bill of nearly £2,000 after paying someone £100 to dispose of rubbish which was later fly-tipped.

Eoghan Dehalla, was prosecuted by Great Yarmouth Borough Council after rubbish was found dumped at New Road in Fritton and at a underpass at Mill Road, Cobholm. The landlord, 59, had paid someone £100 to dispose of the rubbish, which included items of furniture. However, he did not do this responsibly, failing to confirm that the person he paid had a waste carrier licence from the Environment Agency.

The rubbish was dumped on February 3 and 4. A subsequent investigation from the council’s environmental rangers team traced it back to Dehalla.

This led to the landlord pleading guilty at Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court to failing in his duty to control waste under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Dehalla was fined £1,153 and ordered to pay £563.70 in costs and £100 in compensation. He was also told to pay a £115 victim surcharge.

The successful prosecution was welcomed by Carl Smith, chairman of the borough council’s environment committee, who commented on the case: ‘This case and its outcome reflect both the seriousness of the crime and the proactive approach that our environmental rangers take to tackling environmental crime head-on. Much of the fly-tipping stems from unlicensed waste collectors, whose continued existence is a result of people failing to check that anyone collecting waste from their property has a licence. The costs are not just environmental. In this case, the landlord paid £100 for the waste to be collected, but ended up with a conviction and a court bill totalling nearly £2,000, including £100 compensation to the council for clear-up costs.’

The case serves as a reminder to landlords that their duties can extend outside of the immediate bounds of their property, and that waste disposal is ultimately their responsibility.