I've got a resident who reportedly suffers from severe depression/bipolar disorder. One of the ways her condition has manifested is that she is unable to throw anything away. I hear about it when the neighbors complain to the city that items are being stored outdoors. I'm pretty sure the stuff we see outside is only the tip of the iceburg. What usually happens is we send a notice of violation she manages to stuff things somewhere inside just long enough for the city to do its compliance inspections and then a month later the complaints start rolling in again.
The woman clearly needs help, but I have been wholly unsuccessful in getting any county or state agency to help out or intervene. I have heard anecdotally, from someone who was once a caseworker that she has paths cleared to get from room to room but that floor to ceiling of every room is filled with junk. I would like to obtain an administrative search warrant to get into her dwelling to evaluate if she is living in sanitary conditions. The trouble is that I have run into opposition at every turn in pursuing this path - the city attorney says I lack probable cause to get our local judge to grant the warrant. I took photos of the inside of the garage (through a side window) he still said no dice. I contacted the county's adult protective services and tried to enlist their aid and they flat out told me that unless this person had been declared by a cort to be incompetent they could do little.
I am getting frustrated because the neighbors do not stop complaining and it is creating the appearance that the city isn't doing its job. I am convinced that if we could get the inside of the home cleaned up it would not only have great therapeutic benefit for the lady, but would eliminate the neighbors concerns about outside storage. Any advice would be appreciated.