Hoarding is often viewed differently depending on which side of the equation you place yourself. Many hoarders have difficulty acknowledging the health, structural, and safety issues that can accompany the accumulation of too many belongings. Landlords, neighbors, public safety officers, and even family and friends tend to view hoarding as a problem to be stopped. This difference in point of view can result in requests for hoarding clean up and possibly calls for eviction.
Since May 2013, when hoarding was officially recognized as a specific disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, hoarders who rent are protected under the Federal Fair Housing Act. Someone who hoards cannot be evicted solely on the grounds of hoarding. However, there are other reasons, such as breaching of contract, that can lead to eviction.
Is it safe to say that eviction is a resolution that both landlords and renters would generally like to avoid?
Many times if the renter can make satisfactory progress on the removal of excess materials, removal and disinfection of any infestations or mold, and repair of damages to the property, final eviction may be avoided.
Below is a list of helpful links that address this difficult situation:
Whether you are trying to remove a large amount of belongings, or require cleaning and disinfection services (or both) Clean Earth Restorations can be of help. Request a free estimate or download our free tip sheet regarding helping hoarders.