The Definitive Guide to Evicting a Hoarder Tenant

How To Legally Start The Process To Evict A Hoarder in your Rental Property

One of the New Nightmare Scenarios for Just About any Landlord

 from low end apartments to the highest value rental properties –

is to one day discover that you have leased to a Hoarder.

While this is certainly distressing, you must not panic. There are federal and local laws regarding hoarding as a disorder so you must handle this in a calm and systematic manner.

The Definitive Guide To Evicting a Hoarder is here to Help Navigate the Correct Legal Steps in Evicting a Hoarder.

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Evicting a Hoarder is Complicated

Hoarding’s status as a medically diagnosed and treated mental illness means that sufferers of this condition are Protected by Federal Disability Law.

What Is Hoarding?

Hoarding is recognized as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. It is closely related to anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). People who suffer from hoarding disorder are compelled to obsessively store an ever-growing number of items.  Read More

The Dangers of Hoarding

Hoarding disorder can be responsible for everything from breaking apart families to indirectly causing poor physical health and even death.  Read More

The Fair Housing Act Hoarding

Hoarding’s status as a medically diagnosed and treated mental illness means that sufferers of this condition are protected by federal disability law.  For landlords, this means that you are never allowed to discriminate against hoarders. Read More

The 5 Steps To Evicting a Hoarder
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What Exactly is Hoarding?

Hoarding is recognized as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association. It is closely related to anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). People who suffer from hoarding disorder are compelled to obsessively store an ever-growing number of items. This is done with little or no regard for safety or cleanliness. The items they hoard may or may not have much value and if left unchecked, the hoarder may eventually make their living space unusable.

It is estimated that somewhere between 2 and 5 percent of all Americans has the hoarding disorder. People who hoarder often believe they will eventually need the items or feel safer when surrounded by stuff, so the behavior is very difficult to stop, even when the sufferer understands that they have a problem. Therefore, some compassion and understanding is warranted on the part of landlords dealing with this predicament.

The Dangers of Hoarding

Hoarding disorder can be responsible for everything from breaking apart families to indirectly causing poor physical health and even death. Advanced hoarding behavior can create an unsafe environment that is prone to catching fire, causing people to trip and fall, or causes people to become sick from a buildup of contaminants. Another consequence of hoarding is the increased isolation of the hoarder, not just from friends and family but from the entire outside world itself. This can lead to the hoarder becoming less in touch with reality and societal norms. This in turn makes the disorder progress further. When hoarding makes accessing all the rooms of the living quarters impossible, the hoarder must forego such essential daily living activities as bathing and cooking.

The neighbors of a hoarder will first notice the aesthetic appeal of the community decreasing as the hoarder’s clutter grows to uncontainable levels. After that may come pests such as rats and roaches. They will be attracted by the opportunity for feeding and the hiding spaces that a hoarder’s mess creates. These pests can multiply rapidly so they will eventually become a nuisance for others in the community. For closely situated properties, like apartments and condominiums, having a hoarder among you puts everyone in danger of a house fire. Furthermore, the clutter of a large hoard may make it difficult for fire fighters to access all areas of the property that need to be accessed in an emergency. This may make all the difference in rescuing someone trapped in a room from smoke inhalation or being able to douse the fire fast enough to prevent it from spreading.

The Fair Housing Act

Hoarding’s status as a medically diagnosed and treated mental illness means that sufferers of this condition are protected by federal disability law. For landlords, this means that you are never allowed to discriminate against hoarders and all the reasonable accommodations that you are familiar with also apply when a tenant is a hoarder. You can never evict a tenant because they have the hoarding disorder. This does make evicting a hoarder slightly more complicated. However, if you follow the law and some best practices, it is possible.

Helpful Links Organized By State

Alabama
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Arkansas
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Connecticut 
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Georgia 
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Illinois 
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Kansas 
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Maine 
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Michigan 
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Missouri 
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Nevada 
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New Mexico 
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North Dakota 
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Oregon 
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South Carolina 
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Texas 
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Virginia 
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Wisconsin 
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Alaska
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California 
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Delaware
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Hawaii 
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Indiana 
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Kentucky 
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Maryland 
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Minnesota 
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Montana
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New Hampshire 
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New Jersey 
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Ohio 
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Pennsylvania 
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South Dakota 
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Utah 
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Washington 
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Wyoming
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Arizona
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Colorado 
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Florida 
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Idaho 
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Iowa 
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Louisiana 
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Massachusetts
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Mississippi 
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Nebraska
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New Jersey 
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North Carolina 
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Oklahoma 
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Rhode Island
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Tennessee 
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Vermont 
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West Virginia 
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New York 
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