Part 2: I Think I Discovered Another Hoarder House!

For Part 1, click here.

I walked to the end of the neighbor’s driveway and said, “Excuse me, can I ask you a question about the house next store?”

He said, “An elderly lady lives there, I never see her, I don’t know anything about her, and it’s been reported.”

I said, “Reported, what does that mean?” He replied, “It’s been reported to the township.” I said, “Really!” I then said, “What happens when a house is reported?” He replied, “The taxes go up.”

I left not believing a word he said.

The next day I called the township. I asked if the property taxes go up on a house that has been reported. The response: “Absolutely not!”


8 thoughts on “Part 2: I Think I Discovered Another Hoarder House!

    1. The neighbor also said a very nasty comment which I chose not to write in the blog post. It alarmed me and I actually told someone that lives down the street from her and who is “aware” of the house and elderly owner. His reaction was the same as yours.

  1. That is weird! I would think to be “reported” means a social worker might come to check on the welfare of the person living there! Or when a friend I know from Indiana who hadn’t been able to mow her lawn for ages (it was 3 feet high), her neighbors reported her and the county sent a notice that they would fine her if the grass wasn’t cut! Maybe that’s the kind of “tax” he was referring to?

    1. I had said to him, “You mean the taxes go up because the house is bringing down the value of the homes in the neighborhood?” He responded, “Yes.”
      I think he was trying to scare me away because he thought I might want the house and he had his eye on it for himself, a friend or a family member. Maybe to flip? Who knows, but he lied.

  2. It’s too bad her church (if she belongs to one) hasn’t pulled together a group of people and help get her place cleaned up.

    1. My grandmothers neighbor was a horder. She was a very lonely, very angry old bitty. Refused to allow anyone to step on her property. My mother, sister, and I -for lack of better words- forced ourselves on her. She became our adopted grandma, for the remaining years of her life. She really was a great woman.

      We did everything we could to help her, but she refused and blocked our efforts at every turn. We were only able to help her with the most basic of necessities -warm blankets as gifts (she had no heat), jugs of fresh water left on her porch (she had no running water) that were really too much of a pain in the butt for her to return. Some things we had to do whether she wanted or not (professional removal of aprrx 40 ferral cats from the inside of her home, also rats, and RACOONS) simply because we couldn’t allow her a choice in something that was so dangerous.

      Sadly, you just never know who has tried to help the woman in this post, or if she’d allow any help at all. Thats the terrible thing about hoarding- hoarders don’t like people knowing about their problem, and often would rather be alone with their stuff.

  3. Reporting is either code enforcement or social services.

    Code enforcement may do an inspection and then send a notice that you have X days to get Y done or you’ll be fined $Z.

    Postal carriers often report properties to social services if they suspect an elderly resident is in need of assistance, such as meals on wheels or medical care. I think they have a system in place for this as they are the most likely to know when one of the residents on their route is in need.

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