Addressing insanitary living conditions including hoarding and squalor

Te Mana Ora | Community and Public Health has a responsibility to address health risks caused by insanitary living conditions at a property – to both occupants and visitors. This includes risks of injury, infection, and respiratory issues.

City and District Councils are responsible for investigating insanitary living conditions that may be causing a nuisance.
A nuisance is deemed to be created when a situation is offensive or likely to be injurious to health.

Staff will work with Environmental Health Officers from local councils to make an initial visit to determine if there is a health risk, and who needs to be involved in any resulting intervention. This may include other agencies such as hospitals, older persons health or other services.

Insanitary living conditions can be caused by:

  • Hoarding;
  • Rotting food;
  • Animal or human waste;
  • Insect or vermin infestation such as fleas, cockroaches, flies, ants, rats and mice;
  • Offensive odours;
  • Poor house maintenance including plumbing, wiring, or structural issues; and
  • Issues with animals such as feeding of stray animals, or large numbers of animals.

 


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Contact your local office for further information:

CANTERBURY, MID CANTERBURY AND CHATHAM ISLANDS
Ph: +64 3 364 1777

SOUTH CANTERBURY
Ph: +64 3 687 2600

WEST COAST
Ph: +64 3 768 1160


Page last updated: 15/01/2024

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