Los Angeles County

Health & Safety

The magnitude of hoarding in this property is best illustrated by its owner’s path into his bedroom, one involving a climb over an upright mattress and a squeeze under the doorway largely blocked by the mounds of rubbish. Candlelight was necessary since the home didn’t offer electricity; considering the reserves of old newspapers and garbage, open flames were hardly a safe option. The costs of rehabilitating the home, once owned by a revered local school teacher, exceeded $200,000 but the fine work allowed for a full list price sale. A contractor who lived across the street bought the house and moved his family into it.