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The recent economic collapse of the housing market and mortgage defaults has created an unprecedented number of foreclosed homes. Many neighborhoods are seeing homes left vacant by former owners who abandon their homes in foreclosure. Frequently, foreclosing lenders and trustees fail to adequately maintain and secure the residences. These properties may be left in disrepair and with dangerous conditions creating a public nuisance and a negative environment promoting a harmful and hazardous situation for the surrounding neighborhood. When those conditions exist, there frequently is a need for a County enforcement official, law enforcement officer or fire official to contact a responsible party to remedy the situation in a timely manner. Recorded documents related to the transaction do not always contain the necessary responsible party information. The purpose of this chapter is to require a foreclosing lender to record its contact information to ensure that effective notification can be provided to remedy a public nuisance or a hazardous or dangerous condition in a timely manner.
(Added by Ord. No. 9988 (N.S.), effective 7-16-09)