Clearing out a property of drug users

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    Clearing out a property of drug users

    I've recently bought a property which one of the flats has drug users in it. I've seen a large amount of evidence to support this and have also spoken with the previous landlord about this.

    I will shortly be evicting the tenants as the whole block is being redeveloped and brought up to a much better standard but my concern at the moment is not necessarily the eviction but mainly how we can safely remove everything from the property. It is furnished and everything will be thrown away including all bathroom fittings, kitchen units so we can start again.

    If anyone has any advice or experience in how to deal with this so that it can be done safely i'd really appreciate it

    Thanks

    #2
    I wonder if you could pay your druggie tenants to clean up, and move on?

    That might be preferable to getting their backs up and having them booby trap the place.

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      #3
      Why not contact Plod about criminal activity. Or crimestoppers anonymously.

      Surely a civic duty?
      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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        #4
        Originally posted by bcms View Post
        one of the flats has drug users in it. I've seen a large amount of evidence to support this...
        ...my concern at the moment is not necessarily the eviction but mainly how we can safely remove everything from the property.

        Just to be clear here and for the avoidance of any doubt, you're talking specifically about intravenous drug use by the existing occupants, and the risk to others from injury caused by contaminated needles, right?

        I really don't know how you'd go about sorting this out, but I do think JK0 is spot on:

        Originally posted by JK0 View Post
        I wonder if you could pay your druggie tenants to clean up, and move on?
        That might be preferable to getting their backs up and having them booby trap the place.
        I'd say that's a very real possibility; concealing used needles specifically in places where someone's likely to be impaled when lifting a piece of furniture or something - very nasty.

        Try googling for needlestick gloves, for a start

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          #5
          There are specific companies who will deal with full clearance of this type of property and whilst they charge a fee, this would be preferable to risk to anyone without the necessary safety training and protective clothing getting involved - the consequences don't bear thinking about!

          Its also not just the specific removal of the needles you need to be aware of. If the furniture and fittings could be "booby trapped" you need to check and dispose of any needles within them thoroughly and via the correct channels, otherwise you are putting the personnel at the other end of the removal/disposal route at equal risk. Far better to employ a professional who will know the correct regs and deal with the whole process for you. Needle stick gloves only protect your hands ... moving furniture contaminated with "sharps" means they could "stick" you anywhere. I know of someone who got stabbed in the leg by a discarded used needle concealed in a sofa - long and worrying wait whilst blood tests were processed but thankfully in the clear!.

          If they are still in residence, how sure are you that you will get them to move on easily?

          As above, if you suspect or have evidence of drug use, report to the police aswell.

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            #6
            As well as needles in carpets & sofas etc you can come across razor blades glued to handles and lots of other surprises

            Get them to clean up and go, money for a few bags may well do it - don't offer too much or they may want more later (if then you can offer a bit more)

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              #7
              Thanks for the advice. I contacted the police and also the council and neither were much help to be honest. Im going to speak with the tenant about it and see if we can come to some arrangement

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