What can I do about hoarding?
Laws and Ordinances
The results of hoarding may violate state and local laws and ordinances that were created to ensure the safety of the public. If the county receives a report of suspected hoarding, staff will investigate to determine whether the property is violating these laws and ordinances. The county's ability to intervene in hoarding situations is governed by these local laws and ordinances.
In Loudoun County, the following laws and ordinances are in effect:
Homeowner's Associations often have rules or covenants regarding neatness on a property. If you belong to an HOA, check with it first to see if your HOA rules provide an avenue for addressing the issue.
Some towns within Loudoun County
may have town ordinances that apply to zoning and the exterior appearance of a home. If you live within a town, please contact the town first with these concerns.
Homeowner's Associations (HOAs)
Report Suspected Hoarding
How you report suspected hoarding will depend on what you observe at the home.
- To report any of the following, submit a suspected hoarding case on Loudoun Express Request.
- Garbage, discarded/abandoned items, or disrepair on the exterior of the home
- Public health concern, such as pests or rodents visible on the exterior of the home
- Animal hoarding or inadequate animal care
- To report concerns about fire hazards, such as combustible materials, or limited access to exits, contact the Fire Marshal at 703-737-8600.
Contact a Mental Health professional
Your friend or loved one may need assistance from a mental health professional to address hoarding issues. Contact the Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Services
for more information.