After a cat hoarder has been charged under any relevant criminal laws and been ordered to vacate the property under a court injunction, the hoarder should be ordered to pay for the clean up of their homes and for any disruption to neighbours.
Often a cat hoarder will not have the means to pay for the clean up of their home or to compensate neighbours for their loss of amenity which could be in various forms such as a nuisance caused by unpleasant odours.
However, taxpayers should not have to pay for any clean up. As a result, the obvious solution is for the local authority, meaning either the city council or even the state, to place a legal charge (like a mortgage) against the cat hoarder’s property so that when it is sold a part of the proceeds, which equals the amount spent in the clean up, goes to the Treasury or if you like back to the taxpayer.
There will be occasions when the person charged does not own the property and has no savings and therefore the cost of clean up will have to fall upon the taxpayer but criminal courts should have a power, and probably do have that power, to make an order which alleviates the taxpayer from these costs.
Neighbours have the right to sue in the civil courts for compensation but due to the complexity and expense it would be fairer if criminal courts had powers to make reasonable orders for the perpetrator to compensate them.
If cat hoarders know they will have to pay for any clean up by the local authorities it may make them reconsider and see sense.
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