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Health & Safety Code Receivership Remedy: Help for Abandoned Properties

Abandoned properties hardly stay “abandoned” for long. If a property is uninhabited, it’s susceptible to takeover. Vandals, taggers, squatters and transients can move in and out, staying for the night—or for longer. A once-empty house can transform into a house covered in graffiti and trash in a matter of weeks. Vermin could move in as well and spread throughout the neighborhood. Abandoned properties make neighborhoods less safe and drag down property values for the other houses on the block.

CA Health & Safety Code Receivership Remedy: Dealing with Hoarding

The Mayo Clinic defines hoarding as “the excessive collection of items, along with the inability to discard them,” and notes the following characteristics as signs and symptoms: cluttered living spaces, inability to discard items, acquiring unneeded or seemingly useless items (including trash), excessive attachment to possessions, and discomfort letting others touch or borrow possessions, among others.

Receivership Remedy for Run Down Properties Needed Now More Than Ever

As foreclosures continue flowing and banks lose additional control of their REO portfolios, more and more vacant properties in substandard condition will turn up in neighborhoods within San Diego County and the nation at large.  Cities within San Diego County have taken promising steps over the years to beef up code enforcement strategies and neighborhood improvement initiatives, particularly in the City of Chula Vista and the City of San Diego.  Attempts to stave off vacant/substandard/nuisance properties, coupled with an aggressive penalties system, can solve half the problem.  However, once the property has been identified as a "nuisance" and the fines/penalties/charges have been issued, what next?  Who ensures the property will be cleaned up and brought within compliance with the applicable code?  The answer: court-appointed receivership.

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