We want you to live in your home safely and comfortably but we know that sometimes people need extra help and support. Hoarding is a complex issue usually identified by accumulating lots of items in your home without getting rid of any, even if they do not have a high monetary value or practical use.
Often living spaces will become so cluttered there is little room to move around in, and areas can no longer be used for the reason they have been designed. Examples of this include a kitchen being so cluttered that food can no longer be prepared in it, or a bedroom having so many items in it that there is no space to sleep on the bed.
People who live in the property may be at risk of harm, for example if items are stacked high they may fall and injure someone in the household. Their quality of life may also deteriorate as they become unable to function properly in everyday life.
We know that people who hoard are at greater risk of house fires and may also suffer from other health problems caused by their living conditions. We can work with our tenants to make this situation better. We can assist with removing items from properties and can make referrals to the Fire Service, who can offer advice and equipment. We can also help tenants to access support for hoarding and any other medical problems that they may have.
You do not have to hoard items for your house to be at risk of fire. Be aware of everyday items in your house, such as cookers, tumble dryers, irons, extension leads, etc. and ensure they are located in the right place and being used in the right way. For example you should not plug one extension lead into another. This is called "daisy chaining" and increases the risk of fire. Smoking in bed is also not advised, and seasonal items can also cause fires, for example BBQ lighter fluid if left in a window on a sunny day.
Always make sure that exits are kept clear so that you are able to escape if a fire does occur.
You can get free advice on fire safety from the Fire Service and they will also provide you with safety equipment if necessary. You can contact them direct or get in touch with us and we will make a referral for you.
We take the safety of our tenants very seriously so if you, or anybody you know, needs help with hoarding or fire risk problems please get in touch.