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Bizarre British Laws surrounding Property

Updated: Jan 17, 2022

As law abiding citizens we all must respect rules, regs as well as the law and much of them do not change whether we are at home or not. There does though exist quite a few bizarre laws in Britain of which a few surround property:

In parts of London it's illegal to carry a plank of wood along a pavement. So much for unloading your van and walking the materials up to your front door - you might get in trouble if so! So much for the 1967 British slapstick comedy film made by Associated London Films called 'The Plank'!

Looking at commercial property and pubs, did you know that it is still illegal (since 1839) to be drunk on a licensed premises. Make sure you do not have one too many as you might get your collar felt!

For those pig lover amongst us it is illegal to have a pigsty at the front of your house. I am not sure how many people would actually consider such a additional to the front lawn, but the pigs will just have to be content with the back garden for now.

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 was recently added to British law. In some cases making your burglar alarm active and leaving the premises is an offence.

In some parts of London (thanks to the Metropolitan Police Act 1839) it is an offence to beat / shake your carpet or rug in the street. So no more whacking that dusty old rug in the open air, it is a carpet cleaner vax now for you!

In Scotland, if someone knocks on your door and requires the use of your toilet, you must let them enter.

Well that is a few fun laws that I am not sure how often we will get arrested for these days neither am I totally sure have factual each is - It is what the internet search presented me. If you think the above lot are bad then just be thankful you do not live in Samoa where it is illegal to forget your wife’s birthday.

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