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2A. Hoarding, Clutter, and Reasonable Accommodations

An inter-disciplinary panel (including a legal services attorney, the director of a unique organization named “Fresh Start” that specializes in helping individuals remove clutter and connecting them with everything from appraisers to movers, and a services coordinator at a public housing authority) will discuss the problem of hoarding in eviction cases. Legal arguments regarding reasonable accommodations will be coupled with practical procedural tips, as well as exciting new ideas in how to propose a treatment plan for these increasingly common cases. The panel will discuss how to make a viable reasonable accommodation request, how to deal with the underlying problem, and also give advocates a landlord’s perspective about what sort of information and practical considerations go into addressing these kinds of problems.