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What are the Negative Consequences of Hoarding in a Community Association?

Hoarding is a psychological condition where: 1) individuals have difficulty getting rid of possessions that are no longer useful; and 2) efforts to discard these possessions and not acquire new items cause distress. Television shows such as Hoarding: Buried Alive

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Kass: What can a condo board do if a unit owner is a hoarder?

Q: I am the president of our midsize condominium. One of our owners is a hoarder. She won’t let us in to inspect her unit, but we have reason to believe it is cluttered with what she probably calls “collectibles”;

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How to Deal with Hoarders in Your Condo or Co-op

So what to do when one suspects a hoarder in their own building? At some point a board must intervene,

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Handling Hoarding in a Condominium Community

Hoarding is becoming an increasingly common disorder that carries serious consequences for the afflicted, their family, and neighbors. Hoarding has the potential to attract rodents, create fire hazards, and can threaten the health of occupants. While hoarding is dangerous for

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Hoarding and Hoarders Must Be Handled With Care

The signs and symptoms of hoarding include foul odors, insects or rodent infestation, dirty windows, dirty or continually closed curtains and blinds, window obstruction from large pieces of furniture or stacks of boxes blocking window interior views

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This Stinks! The Minefield Created By Hoarders

For those who are members of a condominium or townhome owners’ association, one person’s trash (or treasure) is often another person’s headache.

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“HOA”rding Situations

hoarding poses a significant risk to neighbors, other building residents, maintenance staff, and the building structure itself

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Hoarding & Marijuana…. What’s an Association To Do?

While seemingly dissimilar in nature, hoarding and marijuana have similar impacts on community associations.

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Hoarders IN HOAs. Where Do You Start?

This case now stands for the proposition that there is a difference between extremely poor housekeeping (which is not legally actionable) and an outright safety issue.

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Hoarding in Your Condominium: What Every Michigan Association and Property Manager Should Know

At the extreme, hoarders may fill units and/or limited common elements with debris, combustible material, food or other unsanitary or unsafe materials

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New Hoarding Ordinance in Houston: What this means for you and your Texas HOA

Hoarding—If your Texas HOA hasn’t had to deal with it yet, you’ve probably seen a glimpse of it on some popular reality TV shows. It’s not a problem we’d wish on any community, but considering how rampant of a problem

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All About Hoarding: Tips for Arizona HOAs

If your HOA hasn’t already encountered a problem with hoarding in your community, odds are it will happen at some point in the near future. It’s a growing problem with HOAs across the country that can come with some pretty

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Hoarding neighbour causes bed bug nightmare for condo residents

They usually come at night, when she’s sleeping. Slowly they crawl on to her skin and then go in for a big bite.  Deanna Hicks says her condo unit at Uplands Manor has been plagued by bed bugs for the

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An Update on Hoarding

A couple of years ago Barker Martin anticipated that hoarding would be an issue for community associations to contend with under laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act. [Link] Since then, the issue has continued to

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Hoarding a growing problem in Valley (AZ) condo communities

It’s a growing problem across the Valley – hoarders putting the lives of their neighbors at risk.  Dave Russell is the homeowner’s association manager for the Circle Tree Community in Mesa.  Russell said hoarding has become a serious health and

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Condo successful against owner with bed bugs and hoarding issues

An Ottawa condominium brought an application against an owner because of the owner’s failure to maintain and repair his unit, which was infested with bed bugs and full of an excessive amount of debris. There were various inspections and communications

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Seniors upset that hoarder restocked condo with food after truckloads were removed (FL)

Three months after seniors in Golden Lakes got a hoarding assistance company to remove two truckloads of rotting food from Morton Green’s condominium, Green has once again piled up stacks of food in his kitchen and screened porch, and neighbors

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Rats, Roaches, Piles Of Uneaten Food Uncovered In Hoarding Nightmare

The problem of hoarding came into focus in a neighborhood near West Palm Beach on Wednesday.  Frank Buttaravoli’s company, Hello Junk Removal, got a call about a man whose condo was filled with packaged food. The owner had placed cans

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The Condominium’s Duty Regarding Hoarding (Part 2)

I know what you are thinking: “Now that I know what hoarding is and why I should care about it, how do I fix it?” Well, like I said in my last post, there is no one size fits all

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The Condominium’s Duty Regarding Hoarding (Part 1)

We have probably all seen an episode of, or at least a commercial for, one of the various hoarding shows on television these days. The shows depict a person or family living in unimaginable conditions with piles of goods, garbage,

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Slinger (WI) condo association prepping for legal action in hoarding case

We first told you last week about a condo filled with trash in the Village of Slinger.  Now neighbors may take legal action. Residents of the condominium complex are preparing to get a court order, demanding the condo in question

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The $100,000 Cleaning Bill: A Condo Board’s Long Fight with a Hoarder

How much is your cleaning bill? It’s probably not $100,000. Yet that’s the final figure after the condo board of The Alfred, a 219-unit building 161 W. 61st Street in Manhattan, added fines, unpaid common charges and interest after billing

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No easy answers when hoarding becomes safety problem

Wet rag in hand, the older woman was trying to clean her filthy, packed garage to comply with a warning that she was violating city codes. As two officials approached to check on her progress, she proudly pointed to an

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Should Condo Associations Be More Proactive in Fire Prevention?

In going back over the news stories for January, I was surprised to find that there were more condominium fires in those 31 days, than  in any previous month during the 10 years I’ve been tracking those stories.  I was

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