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Dangerous structures

It's the property owner's responsibility to maintain buildings and make sure that they do not fall into disrepair and become dangerous, and make them safe if they do.

We can use our powers to take enforcement action against an owner who is unable or unwilling to make a building safe if it is likely to cause harm to the public.

In extreme weather, all buildings are vulnerable and some need urgent repairs. Repairs are normally undertaken by the property owners soon after a storm using their insurance.

If boundary walls and fences are jointly owned, the responsibility for repairs is likely to be shared jointly between neighbours. HM Land Registry holds details of property ownership and property title deeds which confirm details of land boundary ownership and responsibility. We won't get involved in such disputes.

Immediate danger

If a structure poses an immediate threat to life or safety of the public, and the owner is unable or unwilling to carry out urgent repairs, we can act to remove the danger. In these circumstances we will make all reasonable attempts to cooperate with the building owner before carrying out essential works.

We will undertake the minimum amount of work necessary and we will seek to recover our costs from the owner.

If you believe a building could pose a danger, please try contacting the owner in the first instance. Failing that, you can report it to us for investigation. Please include:

  • photos
  • property location and address
  • owners if known.

Last updated 11 February 2023