We’ve all heard complaints about hoarders in communities and the health hazards associated with hoarding, such as the infestation of bugs and rodents. But a condominium community in Phoenix, Arizona experienced the repercussions of hoarding when a fire caused significant damage to a unit due to hoarding. An owner in the community who lived there 35 years apparently did not like to throw things away and collected quite a bit of “stuff” over the years. The fire started in his unit and could have been small according to fire fighters, but because he had so many things stashed in the unit, the hoarding fueled the flames and completely destroyed the unit. Luckily, fire fighters were able to save the remaining units. Does your community do anything to manage hoarding? Do your governing documents have provisions prohibiting hoarding or doing anything in the unit that may be fire hazard? Maybe now is a good time to think about updating your covenants to address this issue. You may also want to consider adopting a policy on hoarding if your covenants don’t address the issue.