It might seem entirely impossible for tenants in short term apartment rentals to create a hoarding situation, but it is far more common than you might know. One organization has determined that hoarding disorders affect up to 15 million people, and that it is an endless behavior. This means that property managers of short term apartments must take the matter seriously and make plans to address the issue if it arises.
How? There are some obvious warning signs for longer term rentals, such as a year without a single maintenance call, but even short-term apartment rentals can provide a few clues that a problem is present.
As a property manager, you will want to pay attention to the amount of garbage each tenant tosses on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. If you notice almost no trash from a renter, it may be a sign of hoarding. Odd odors are another indicator that a hoarding situation is present, and ignored efforts to get in touch is also another red flag.
If you are in charge of short term apartments, you can address the situation with diplomacy as this usually creates the best results. Because it is a disorder, you want to hold off on immediate eviction if you discover it has occurred. Instead, consult with an attorney, insert clauses that allow for spot inspections in all rentals and train any staff to be alert to this risk with any and all rentals. Remember that regular inspections as part of a rental arrangement can be the best approach to preventing hoarding in the first place.
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