Clearance of property prior to Enforced Sale


We are about to send a property to auction that we are enforcing sale on. However the property is full of junk and rubbish from both the previous owner and through having been used by squatters etc.

We would like to clear the property prior to going to auction and are wondering if there are any legislatative mechanisms that would allow us to clear and dispose of the items? In  addition, would we be able to reclaim any of the costs associated with doing this?

The owner has been unwilling to engage throughout the whole process and has previously stated that he is unwilling to re-enter the property. Having lived elsewhere for over 10 years I imagine that there is little in the way of personal effects that he would want.



Enforced Sale

Hi Adrian,

I've arranged clearance previously using the council's own relevant department, the cost of which was deducted from the proceeds of sale.  I only arranged enough clearance for the property to be adequately viewed (which was what the auctioneer deemed to be necessary). 

If you've given adequate notice to the owner & reasonable time to remove any items they want from the property prior to sale with warning that anything remaining will be disposed of, there is no issue with removing as many items from the property as you see fit.  It's their choice whether or not to take the opportunity ultimately. 


Hi Adrian

When I worked there I'm sure we used Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) 1982 s41.


Sue Li

Compulsory Purchase and Enforcement Officer

Derby City Council