Cheapest Way For Landlord to Remove Dumped Car In Private Grounds?

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    Cheapest Way For Landlord to Remove Dumped Car In Private Grounds?

    Old banger with expired tax disc. Is it legally necessary to place a notice-of-removal on the windscreen? I doubt the council or police would want to get involved, so what's the easiest means of disposal? Thanks.

    #2
    I take it there is a reg number? Who is the registered keeper?

    Some scrapyards will take away dumped cars and actually pay you for them as the strip for the parts, but you need to be in possession of the V5 document. Speak to the police on the non-emergency number and ask their advice on how you trace the owner or ensure there is no comeback on you for scrapping it.

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      #3
      A car was left outside a property owned by my wife and the local authority contacted us to see if we knew the whereabouts of the owner. I spoke with the council and apparently they can contact DVLA directly to obtain the owner's details and can get a vehicle removed if it had been abandoned, as they have an obligation to do so.
      The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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        #4
        I think the difference is that OP mentions its private property. I had to report some flytipping near my home last week and the first thing the council asked was "Is it on private property or the public highway". Fairly sure they had no obligation to take it if it is on private land, or they can, but will charge you for the priviledge!

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          #5
          Think you can pay DVLA to give you name&address of keeper of any motor
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            Originally posted by LesleyAnne View Post
            I think the difference is that OP mentions its private property. I had to report some flytipping near my home last week and the first thing the council asked was "Is it on private property or the public highway". Fairly sure they had no obligation to take it if it is on private land, or they can, but will charge you for the priviledge!
            Some people on this forum have in the past advocated pushing such cars off the private property onto the nearest verge in the dead of night, but I couldn't possibly comment...
            'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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              #7
              Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
              Some people on this forum have in the past advocated pushing such cars off the private property onto the nearest verge in the dead of night, but I couldn't possibly comment...
              Sounds like a bit of mischievous fun - I like :-)

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                #8
                Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                Think you can pay DVLA to give you name&address of keeper of any motor
                You can indeed, although you need to demonstrate "reasonable cause" for needing the information (see http://www.dft.gov.uk/dvla//data/rel...torequest.aspx)

                I'm sure the OP's situation would be good enough reason, but it's still likely to be awkward to prove to DVLA's satisfaction; and I would be amazed if the request actually yielded any information worth having!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Claymore View Post
                  Sounds like a bit of mischievous fun - I like :-)
                  In fact, sometimes, if their handbrakes are released, cars have been known to roll onto the public verges without any human intervention.
                  'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                    #10
                    indeed that has happened in my neck of the woods.....
                    Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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                      #11
                      (OP) Thanks for the replies.

                      http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndC...ing/DG_4001703

                      What the local council can do ...

                      The council will investigate whether the vehicle has been abandoned and will check to see whether it has been stolen or involved in an accident. If the vehicle has been abandoned on a road, including private roads and estates, the council will remove the vehicle. If the vehicle is on private land, the council will serve a 15 day notice of removal on the owner/occupier.

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