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San Diego metropolis legal professional strikes to wash up ‘harmful’ hoarding property in Bay Terraces

  • A prosecutor’s photo shows a house in Bay Terraces that officials say is both a fire hazard and an example of excessive hoarding. (San Diego City Attorney’s Office)
  • A prosecutor’s photo shows a house in Bay Terraces that officials say is both a fire hazard and an example of excessive hoarding. (San Diego City Attorney’s Office)

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A court-appointed recipient has been appointed to help clean and refurbish a house in Bay Terraces that officials say is both a fire hazard and an example of excessive hoarding, San Diego prosecutors said on Thursday with.

The house at Mesa Hills Court “is littered both inside and out,” according to prosecutors, who said the recipient will also help the resident of the house get counseling and other treatments to combat the hoarding behavior.

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City officials say the condition of the house is against state and local laws because it has been without running water for two years and doors and windows are blocked by debris piled to the ceiling.

According to the public prosecutor’s office, residents complained of an “unbearable” smell of urine and feces from the apartment on hot days.

Court documents filed this month say city inspectors found trash and debris on the outside of the house when they first walked into the residence in 2018.

The homeowner initially did not allow inspectors to enter the house, but months later a full inspection was ordered during which garbage and other hoarded items blocked many rooms and routes around the house, court documents say.

“This mess can easily become fuel for a fire that can spread quickly and endanger the home and the surrounding community,” said a statement from San Diego Fire Marshal Douglas Perry. “In my professional opinion, this extreme hoarding is a fire hazard.”

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Court documents also state that a bathroom ceiling was found collapsed due to water damage and urine bottles were placed around the house and yard by the resident.

A court order issued this week gives the recipient “full and complete control over the property”.

“My office intervened in this dangerous situation to relieve the neighborhood and help the resident raise the necessary resources to clear the hoarding,” said City Attorney Mara W. Elliott. “The condition of the property not only endangers the residents living there, but also its neighbors.”

Residents are encouraged to report regulatory, health and safety, and environmental violations to the City Attorney’s Noise Control Department at 619-533-5655.

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