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How to Deal with Hoarding Tenants

By Utopia Management

Hoarding tenants are one of the last things that an owner wants to deal with, but sadly they have become a reality over the years and the key to success with having a tenant who is also a hoarder is knowing how to deal with them.

If you have hoarding tenants, this article will offer you effective tips for dealing with hoarders.

Tip #1 – Document the Hoarding

It doesn’t matter if you’re an individual owner, or small management company, hoarding may constitute a breach of your lease. Document the hoarding in great detail (pictures/videos/notes) especially if the hoarding is potentially damaging your rental property.

Tip #2 – Offer to Help the Tenant Get Back on Track

Although the natural inclination may be to evict the hoarder, the first thing you need to do is offer to help them clean up their rental property and get counseling for their hoarding behavior. Doing this will ensure that you don’t violate the Fair Housing Act and are taking every step possible to help the hoarder get their life back on track.

Tip #3 – Give Them Notice

Let’s say that after you helped the hoarder clean up their rental property, then provided them with a referral to a licensed counselor in the area they are still continuing with hoarding. The next thing to do is give them notice that they have to stop their hoarding or face eviction.

Tip #4 – Consult with An Attorney

Sadly, some hoarders might not remedy the situation and continue hoarding. In this case, it’s best to consult with an attorney about your rights and move forward with evicting the hoarder.

Most San Diego property management companies and landlords across California will agree that this is the best policy especially since long-term hoarding can potentially damage a rental property.

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Elly Johnson stands at the forefront of content research and online branding at Utopia Management. As the Content Marketing Manager, she delves deep into understanding local real estate and rental markets, fueled by her passion for travel and keen research skills. Elly is dedicated to empowering individuals with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about where to reside. A proud alumna of the University of South Florida, located in the vibrant heart of Tampa Bay, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her academic background and extensive travel experiences uniquely position her to provide insights that resonate with diverse audiences.

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