Learn how to identify and report hoarding in your community and how Fairfax County assists those in need.
When You Suspect Hoarding...
If you suspect a hoarding situation in your neighborhood, it is recommended that you do not attempt to clean up the house or solve the person's hoarding problem. The best action you can take is to contact us.
If you think a family member might be a hoarder, it is recommended you seek professional help for that person or professional guidance for yourself in handling the situation. Generally speaking, hoarders may have a mental illness or a medical condition that needs evaluation and treatment.
Hoarders are unaware that their lifestyle is a problem and rarely seek treatment. Typically it is difficult to change this type of behavior without professional assistance. Consult a mental health or medical professional, or contact us for recommendations and referrals.
Upon receiving a report of suspected hoarding, an inspection and evaluation are made to determine if the property is safe. Next, county agencies representing the Fairfax County Hoarding Task Force are consulted. Task Force members work together to address the issues and offer compassionate, supportive services.
If the property is determined to be a health or safety hazard to the resident or the community, the property will need to be cleaned. In extreme cases, the resident(s) may need to relocate while the problems are corrected.
Laws and Ordinances
The most common conditions that result from long-term hoarding violate laws and ordinances that were created to ensure the safety of the public and the preservation of property.
In Fairfax County, the following local and state laws and ordinances are in effect: