Orange Targets Hoarders With New Law

Either a hoarders kitchen, or a close-up of a skin rash.
  • Either a hoarder's kitchen, or a close-up of a skin rash.

Good thing your Great Aunt Alberta and her massive collection of baby rattles don't reside within the boundaries of Orange Village. In that sleepy little slice of suburbia on the East Side, the city council this week decided to tweak the code book in order to classify hoarding as a criminal offense.

The Sun News reports
city leaders are carefully toeing the line, saying the ordinance doesn't single out “hoarders” per se, but just might still maybe apply to “hoarders”, you know. Something like that. Hoarding, it's important to remember, is classified by medical professionals as a mental illness whereby an individual collects a ridiculous amount of weird crap in order to end up on a A&E reality show.

The fine print of Orange's ordinance targets “unsafe dwellings and structures,” and gives the city the legal muscle to force inhabitants to clean up their properties. If not, structures may be razed.

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