The Council has a team which is responsible for dealing with houses in multiple occupation and private sector rented properties. They license properties, inspect them and have enforcement powers. I would suggest you contact them directly about this property asking them to do a full inspection and serve whatever notices are required against the landlord.
Contact: email@example.com who heads this team.
The Councillor in the Cabinet who leads on HMOs is Ali DeMirci and I would suggest you either copy him in or write to him as well. Email- firstname.lastname@example.org. And of course, copy in all three Harringay ward councillors.
A full 40 hours after your post, Polly, and our Harringay Labour Trio haven't yet stuck their collective nose into our maggotty mess. Are they all off on a collective holiday somewhere? Anyone hear anything about a Junket to Cannes or Cyprus?
If this property has a certificate of lawfulness then you definitely need to contact Steve Russell and his team. They are working to environmental health powers and, as I said, can carry out a full inspection of the property and issue enforcement notices. Obviously contacting Veolia is fine, but what needs to happen here is that the landlord is held to account for the management of his property. So please contact Steve.
Looking at the standard planning application, question 7 asks about waste and refuse. Either the owner, who I assume sought planning permission to convert from a single dwelling house to an HMO, did not comply with this or the planning officer didn't check if the actual proposal would allow for adequate waste storage.
PS - rubbish on the pavement again as I went by at 7am.
Or, he didn't bother to apply for planning permission. Much more likely.
John, if it's the one I'm thinking of I've had a look at the Haringey planning website and a certficate of lawful development was applied for. It was vigorously opposed by the LCSP, Cllr Alexander and a neighbour but approved because the evidence submitted indicated that it had been operating as an HMO without permission for X number of years. If enforcement action isn't taken within a set time the use can become permitted which is what seems to have happened in this case. The only action open now to Haringey would seem to be enforcement around the litter or around its licensing as an HMO
… but approved because the evidence submitted indicated that it had been operating as an HMO without permission for X number of years.
Michael, I believe you may be right about this. As you may know, I am on the Planning Committee. At my first meeting, I asked about several applications that were approved under delegated powers (not heard by the Committee), that appear to fall into this category. I hope to get an answer from the Planning Department about this.