Abandoned vehicles on private property: What to do?

How would you know if a vehicle on your grounds is abandoned? 

There really is no rule as a vehicle is deemed abandoned only when the authorised officer at the local authority decides that it is abandoned.  It is O.K. to be confused at this stage. 

You could do your own checks before reporting the vehicle as abandoned to your managing agent or your local authority: 

  • Is the vehicle untaxed (you can check that by going to: https://www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk
  • Has the vehicle been vandalised?
  • Does the vehicle have number plates?
  • Is it a new vehicle that you or your fellow residents have not seen before and no one is claiming ownership

Your managing agent or local authority will contact DVLA and if DVLA points out to a non-resident, further steps can be taken.  A notice will need to be attached to the vehicle (and photo taken of the vehicle with notice on) giving the owner reasonable amount of time to contact you before drastic action is taken.

Always use a specialist contractor as the company may need to give evidence in court and will need to be a credible witness.

Check with your local authority as they may have a set procedure for abandoned vehicles on public as well as private land.

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