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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