‘A Practical Guide to Hoarding and Mental Health for Housing Lawyers’ by Rachel Coyle


Paperback: 978-1-912687-62-6
Published: January 2021
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This practical guide explores the intricate interwoven relationship between mental health and hoarding. Hoarding is put into context so that the provisions in the Care Act 2014 and the Equality Act 2010, amongst other statutory provisions, can be properly considered. It is the perfect companion to understand how to carry out an eviction and what the pitfalls are when there is a tenant suffering from a relevant mental illness. It also explores what safeguards are in place or to be aware of when considering or defending any action brought against someone who is hoarding.

This book is a must for local authorities, housing associations, landlords and those who represent vulnerable tenants.


Rachel Coyle is an experienced advocate and is regularly instructed in a variety of property disputes, commercial, landlord and tenant, land registration, adverse possession, forfeiture, service charges, enfranchisement, leasehold extension, rent repayment orders, right to manage applications, appointment of manager applications, beach of leases (leasehold), Housing Act 2004 appeals pursuant to sections 43 and 45, boundary disputes, tree preservation orders, enforcement of easements and covenants relating to land, trespass, unlawful eviction, injunctions, section 21 and section 8 notices, tenancy deposits, local authority connection referrals in homelessness, homelessness appeals and allocation, disrepair and anti-social behaviour injunctions and committals.

Rachel has completed secondments at One Source and Hyde Housing as well as previously volunteering in the procurement department of Stockport Homes. She delivers and assists with training at Inner Temple and with webinar and seminar providers across the country. She is a pro bono volunteer at Queen Mary, University of London Legal Advice Centre and trains students there. She has also taught Brazilian Lawyers on the Legal System of England and Wales. Rachel graduated with a first in Law from Queen Mary University of London and completed an LLM in American Legal Studies as a Draper Scholar at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.


Chapter 1: What is Hoarding?
Chapter 2: The Five Management Considerations
Chapter 3: Impact of Hoarding
Chapter 4: Animal Hoarding
Chapter 5: Hoarding and How One Can Use the Environmental Health Act 1990, Housing Act 2004 and Related Statutory Provisions
Chapter 6: Hoarding and How and When to Use Injunctions and the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2014
Chapter 7: Hoarding and Possession
Chapter 8: The Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Hoarding
Chapter 9: The Relationship Between the Care Act 2014 and Hoarding