A new trial is underway to help people living in rented properties in East Suffolk, who may be struggling with hoarding.
East Suffolk Council has been awarded Government funding to trial an innovative approach for housing tenants - who may be hoarding items in their homes and neglecting their health and wellbeing.
Working in partnership with Lofty Heights, Access Community Trust and Flagship Housing, the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team will work with tenants and landlords to address poor housing standards in properties, where the tenant is showing signs of hoarding and self-neglect.
It is estimated that between 2 and 5% of the UK population has a hoarding disorder - and that up to 1,000 rented homes in East Suffolk could be affected.
As well as supporting vulnerable residents, Access Community Trust will also operate a fortnightly ‘Tenant Tuesday Café’, providing a safe space for tenants in need of further support. Training will also be available in Lowestoft and Saxmundham for landlords who want to learn more about supporting vulnerable tenants, such as those leaving care.