175 households served legal notices for not allowing NEA's dengue checks

A house in Lorong Pisang Emas, a neighbourhood identified as a dengue cluster previously, that appears to have been left vacant. It was one of at least six vacant houses seen in the estate yesterday - some of which had overgrown weeds and empty flowe
A house in Lorong Pisang Emas, a neighbourhood identified as a dengue cluster previously, that appears to have been left vacant. It was one of at least six vacant houses seen in the estate yesterday - some of which had overgrown weeds and empty flower pots. It is unclear if legal notices had been sent to these houses.ST PHOTO: VANESSA LIU

At least 175 households were served with legal notices for failing to allow National Environment Agency (NEA) officers into their homes for dengue-related inspection purposes between 2017 and May this year.

NEA gave these figures when responding to letters from two Straits Times readers last week - one published in ST's Forum page and the other on ST Forum Online. Their letters raised questions about the powers of officers to gain access into homes of residents who did not comply during on-site checks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2019, with the headline '175 households served legal notices for not allowing NEA's dengue checks'. Subscribe