London Tax Payers Foot Bill for Hoarder’s Clean Ups
London house clearance specialists Jeffrey Avery & Associates explain how it is becoming increasingly clear that compulsive hoarding is not just a problem that affects the sufferer or even just their loved ones. In many cases of hoarding, the whole of society has to pay.
Due to the dense population in London, hoarding is becoming a real problem. It can lead to unsanitary and unsafe environments both for the sufferers and the people living in the area. This means that for incidents of hoarding, the properties need to be dealt with quickly.
A recent article in Dayton Daily News [http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/taxpayers-often-bear-costs-to-clean-up-after-hoarders-1255499.html] reported that although reality TV programmes featuring hoarders are becoming increasingly common and are raising awareness of the issue, they often fail show the costs behind the scenes that the local services and government agencies have to pay.
There are still no facts on how much taxpayer money is being spent on hoarding cases in the USA, but it is thought to be a lot.
The article quotes Mark Pardue who runs DEP Property Solutions in Kettering. He confirms that cleaning a property “is not cheap, and it’s time consuming.” We can confirm this through our experience as a London hoarding clearance specialist. Clearing up a property affected by hoarding is a huge job, and it requires specialist clearance teams.
It is often left to families to foot the bill for the house clearance, during which thousands of kilograms of rubbish are often removed from homes, and the costs can easily run into thousands of pounds. And animal hoarding cases are even more expensive.
But when the families cannot pay, and the hoarding has become a public health issue, the authorities often have to pay for the clearance.
The article quotes Patrick Bailey, the senior services director for Montgomery County Job and Family Services, who said that “There needs to be more public funding for it.” Sometimes different groups of experts are needed to make the property safe, such as law enforcement, house inspection teams, private cleaning companies and the health department. And all of that can end up costing the tax payer a lot of money.
Do you require house clearance services for properties affected by compulsive hoarding in London or surrounding areas? Our professional team can deal with your property clearance quickly and effectively. For confidential advice call Jeffrey Avery on 0800 567 7769