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Old 08-07-2012, 07:46 PM   #41
 
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Feces?!
Dead pets?!



Too much.....I (thankfully) missed the episode tonight.
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:37 AM   #42
 
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The rental house that my husband bought before we got married was a hoarder's house. The finished basement was stacked floor to ceiling with boxes. When we cleaned it out, we found the skeletons of a litter of kittens. The previous owner had outdoor cats that weren't allowed inside. Apparently one got in and gave birth, then was thrown outside and couldn't get back to the kittens. It was really sad. We found the skeleton of a full-grown cat in one of the storage sheds, too.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:35 AM   #43
 
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Feces?!
Dead pets?!



Too much.....I (thankfully) missed the episode tonight.
That episode came on this Sunday. You should go watch it! Are you guys watching the reruns or the first runs? Seems like everyone here is watching reruns.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:04 PM   #44
 
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In my new work, we work with the courts when they have to come in and fix the health and safety dangers that these homes have. Most people don't get to keep their homes after the courts have to come in and take over. They usually walk away (walk away is being used loosely, they usually end up in convalescent homes) with a good chunk of money after their home is fixed and sold.

In one house, the mentally disabled grandson buried a litter of puppies somewhere in the house with his friends. He was also obsessed with Halloween, so the house was filled to the brim with filthy holloween things.

Some of the stories I deal with are really sad.

I've always worried I'd become a hoarder. I go through files to look at pictures to keep from getting out of hand. But I won't deny that there are pictures where I think: that could be me if I don't do something.

At least with my job, the homes really turn out nice after they have been fixed up by the Receivers.

I would buy a former hoarder's home after a Receiver had been there. Probably not if the person fixed it themselves... since it is so expensive to rehab some of these homes, I'd worry about corner cutting. Then again, I work with the worst of the worst hoarding situations... so maybe your run-of-the-mill hoarder home wouldn't turn me off so much.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:32 PM   #45
 
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would it be inappropriate for you to tell us about the hoarder homes you've experienced?
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:51 PM   #46
 
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They are matters of public record. I wouldn't speak about things that aren't disclosed in court files or anything. I like my job and don't want to lose it. But yes, I could.

I work in Health and Safety Receiverships. When cities need to do something for the safety of the community, we come in and request a receiver. They relocate the resident and then fix the home up, working with social services (Hoarders need more than just a home clean up, they need mental assistance), code enforcement, and contractors to fix up the property. The costs are paid for by either a reverse mortgage, resident has the funds (rarely the case), or the property is sold and all costs are paid with all monies left over going back to the resident. Or we are the court appointed receiver and we take care of the rehabilitiation of the property.

But the spoiled food and urine/feces all over stuff is very common. Cats and their urine and feces are also common. Between 4-6 feet of junk/trash/personal belongings is par for the course.

In one property, police had done a welfare check at a home that appeared to not have any problems, just to find the resident was under a pile of stuff. They had to amputate her leg. THe inside of the house is piled 4-5 feet high with food wrappers and junk. Usually the flooring is rotten, there are pests, holes in ceiling, mold, water damage, non-working toilets, etc.
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