The government is facing calls to establish a taskforce to rethink how authorities deal with hoarding after the World Health Organisation classified it as a medical disorder for the first time.
Campaigners have hailed the move by the global body to include hoarding disorder within its International Classification of Diseases, praising it as a significant step in raising awareness of the condition.
But, charities described how the current approach taken by officials in the UK means they are regularly witness to evictions of those living with the disorder.
They also attacked a lack of mental health funding to help deal with hoarding.
Linda Fay, the founder of charity Life-Pod, assists people with hoarding disorders in England and Scotland.
She told Sky News the WHO action means GPs will, for the first time in the UK, have a "definite diagnostic criteria" for hoarding.
Those who have a hoarding disorder can face eviction. However, outlining how it could have a "massive impact on both housing and health care", doctors now need to know how they can provide treatment for the disorder, Ms Fay added.