A LANDLORD is furious that a caravan has been dumped in front of three of his properties.
Mark Reeves, who lives in Pinner, rents out three homes in Bettles Close, Uxbridge.
An old caravan has mysteriously appeared outside the front of the houses.
The vehicle has no registration plate on it and appeared to have been abandoned by its owner, but someone has since been seen coming out of it one morning.
It has outraged Mr Reeves but he has been told he will be stuck with the unsightly nuisance for a while longer.
Hillingdon Council cannot legally remove the caravan until it has been there, and unoccupied, for four weeks.
The landlord told the Gazette he is furious. “My tenants called me up to say that it had just appeared in the road overnight,” he said.
“I’m not sure how people can get away with it.
“If you drop a cigarette in the street now you can get fined and up in front of court, yet people think they can just dump something like this in a residential area.
“There has been fly-tipping in this area in the past and it looks like people think they can get away with just dumping any old thing around here.”
The council told the Gazette it was aware of the caravan but has to wait for the four week deadline to pass before it can move it.
Jean Palmer, the council’s corporate director for environment: “When any vehicle, including a caravan, is abandoned, it can be unsightly, ruin the appearance of a neighbourhood and take up parking space, so we will ensure that steps are taken to remove the vehicle as quickly as possible.
“However, it is important to first establish that a vehicle is actually no longer wanted or used by the owner and that it has not just been parked.
“As long as the vehicle is not causing an obstruction and it is not burnt out or wrecked, the council’s policy is to wait four weeks to see if it is moved and make local enquiries to contact the owner before we remove it.”