Despite the troublesome behavior of hoarders, hoarding is a disability. Therefore, those affected are protected under the Fair Housing Act. This can be problematic for property managers. What exactly is hoarding and what causes a person to engage in such behavior? This infographic explores the ins and outs of this condition and what to do if a hoarder rents from you.
A few surprising facts about hoarding:
- It is estimated that 1 in 50 Americans suffers from compulsive-hoarding symptoms
- 66% of hoarders began experiencing symptoms in childhood
- The three most commonly hoarded items are clothes, greeting cards/letters, and bills/statements
- An Alachua County (FL) couple hoarded 697 cats before officials intervened