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Old Yesterday, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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I have a funny story about evicting a hoarder. Some years ago I worked as a city compliance officer. There was a hoarder who filled the house and then proceeded to fill the yard. This was a couple, and yes they were both mentally ill. A match made in heaven. I don't know if they bought or stole their hoard, but they had lots of new merchandise sitting outside in the weather.

The landlord eventually had enough of the complaints, and evicted them. They piled everything they had along the front of the house, about 50' of lot frontage, 8' wide and 6' high. By law, the landlord was required to store everything for 30 days. The tenants outsmarted themselves, though. They stacked the stuff on the city right-of-way instead of the landlord's property. I got some felt tip markers, used scrap cardboard from the pile, and wrote "FREE STUFF" in 6" high letters on both ends of the pile. A week later the landlord had one pickup load of debris to deal with. Meanwhile, the neighborhood got piles of new jeans, bird cages, and waffle irons, much of it still in the original boxes or with the original tags.

It beat having Public Works come by and haul it all to the dump.
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Old Yesterday, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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You can't evict the mentally ill for being mentally ill, but you can evict them for creating an unsafe condition (fire hazard) and for endangering the lives of the other tenants.


I suggest an experienced eviction lawyer and turn it over to them to get the person out.


Many landlords are doing home inspections as part of the screening process before renting to a new tenant. The home inspection will catch the hoarder so that they can be rejected. Much easier to keep a bad tenant out than it is to get them out after they are already in.
Inspecting the prospective tenant's current residence? What right would a landlord have to do that?
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Old Yesterday, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Inspecting the prospective tenant's current residence? What right would a landlord have to do that?
Why would anybody need a right? Either agree to the inspection or your application is denied. End of story.
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Old Yesterday, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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For some landlords, a peek through the window of the applicant's car is all they need to reject the application. Others go on Facebook.
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Old Yesterday, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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We had a hoarder that owned the home she was in. She filled it along with the yard. The city started the process. They gave her so much time to clean it up. Code enforcement was involved.

Apartments I have known landlords to have yearly inspections.
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Old Today, 06:07 AM
 
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You can't claim you are mentally ill and keep hoarding when it creates a dangerous situation. You can't even hoard a home that you own if the authorities find out about it and there are kids or elderly inside and it's a danger.
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Old Today, 08:37 AM
 
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How hard is it to evict a hoarder. Some general research says diagnosed or documented hoarders are a protected class. if not done right could be a legal nightmare.



Know someone who got cited for blocked paths to windows in the past a few times. Last year they were cited for hoarding and unsafe conditions all around, the apartment was condemned. After a meeting and some phone calls with town officials she was allowed to stay and given about a month to correct conditions. The cleaned most of the apartment minus one room but all had clear paths to windows and doors. The apartment manager gave them free storage units in the building basement. She has yet to empty them almost a year later and conditions are deteriorating in the apartment again. She is very difficult to deal with. A very abrasive person who is EASILY triggered to say the least.



A few meetings with apartment management, free storage units and a list of what the town wanted enough documentation to evict or threaten eviction?
Do MTM (month to month). 30 days' notice, no reason necessary.
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Old Today, 09:18 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Inspecting the prospective tenant's current residence? What right would a landlord have to do that?

Permission from the current resident give the "right".
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