How to spot a hoarder

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By Teri Karush Rogers  |
October 7, 2011 - 10:40AM

There are a lot of reasons hoarders make bad neighbors: Their pathologically cluttered apartments present a fire risk and can also become a haven for pests of all kinds, including bed bugs.  Apartments of hoarders are, in fact, notorious reservoirs for bed bugs, and can literally doom the efforts to de-infest building.

How do you know if you have a hoarder in your midst?  

"Unless you're granted access to a person's  home, it's often hard to tell if someone in your building is struggling with hoarding," says an article in the September issue of The Cooperator (not yet available online).

The article goes on to point to some circumstantial evidence:

  • You see your neighbor going through someone else's trash or junk mail
  • He or she doesn't put out as much trash as other people
  • Curtains are pushed up against the windows, "typically caused by stacked items...and windows are closed all year long"
  • No one is ever allowed in the apartment, which implies shame or embarrassment, or fear that they will be forced to throw things away

For more info on what comes next, see 'My upstairs neighbor is a hoarder. What can I do?'

(The Cooperator; previously)

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Teri Karush Rogers

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Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she had previously covered New York City real estate for The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri earned a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University.

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