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Tips on Dealing with Vacant or Abandoned Property

August 18th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

The National Vacant Properties Campaign has an interesting summary of different approaches being taken around the country regarding vacant and abandoned property. You can find the summary at http://www.vacantproperties.org/strategies/tools.html I especially like the Chula Vista, CA ordinance approach. This is a description if its ordinance.

The Abandoned Residential Property Registration Program is intended to address those properties that are vacant and financially distressed. The program requires mortgage lenders to inspect defaulted properties to confirm that they are occupied. If a property is found to be vacant, the program requires that the lender exercise the abandonment clause within their mortgage contract, register the property with the City and immediately begin to secure and maintain the property to the neighborhood standard.

They must also hire a local company to inspect the property on a weekly basis. The property must be posted with the name and 24-hour contact number of the company responsible for the weekly inspection, maintenance and security of the property. This will remove the City’s Code Enforcement Section from spending limited resources to act as the property manager. It also allows neighbors to have direct contact with a responsible party. It is hoped that the combination of observant neighbors and an accessible local responsible party will deter and arrest any potential deterioration of the property and thus preserve the neighborhood.

This seeks to address the time between the default on the loan and the sheriff’s sale when the lender actually gets title. Here’s a link to the actual ordinance.

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