(A)   A court acting under § 153.55 of this code may appoint a receiver for the unsafe premises, subject to the following conditions.
      (1)   The purpose of the receivership must be to take possession of the unsafe premises for a period sufficient to accomplish and pay for repairs and improvements.
      (2)   The receiver may be a not-for-profit corporation the primary purpose of which is the improvement of housing conditions in the county where the unsafe premises are located, or may be any other capable person residing in the county.
      (3)   Notwithstanding any prior assignments of the rents and other income of the unsafe premises, the receiver must collect and use that income to repair or remove the defects as required by the order, and may, upon approval by the court, make repairs and improvements in addition to those specified in the order or required by applicable statutes, ordinances, codes, or regulations.
      (4)   The receiver may make any contracts and do all things necessary to accomplish the repair and improvement to the unsafe premises.
      (5)   The court may, after a hearing, authorize the receiver to obtain monies needed to accomplish the repairs and improvement by the issuance and sale of notes or receiver’s certificates bearing interest fixed by the court. The notes or certificates are a first lien on the unsafe premises and the rents and income of the unsafe building. This lien is superior to all other assignments of rents, liens, mortgages, or other encumbrances on the property, except taxes, if within 60 days following the sale or transfer for value of the notes by the receiver, the holder of the notes files a notice containing the following information in the County Recorder’s office:
         (a)   The legal description of the tract of real property on which the unsafe building is located;
         (b)   The face amount and interest rate of the note or certificate;
         (c)   The date when the note or certificate was sold or transferred by the receiver; and
         (d)   The date of maturity.
      (6)   Upon payment to the holder of a receiver’s note or certificate of the face amount and interest, and upon filing in the Recorder’s office of a sworn statement of payment, the lien of that note or certificate is released. Upon a default in payment on a receiver’s note or certificate, the lien may be enforced by proceedings to foreclose in the manner prescribed for mechanic’s liens or mortgages. However, the foreclosure proceedings must be commenced within two years after the date of default.
      (7)   The receiver is entitled to the same fees, commissions, and necessary expenses as receivers in actions to foreclose mortgages. The fees, commissions, and expenses shall be paid out of the rents and incomes of the property in receivership.
   (B)   The issuance of an order concerning unsafe premises is not a prerequisite to the appointment of a receiver, nor does an order prevent the appointment of a receiver.
   (C)   If the enforcement authority requests the appointment of a receiver, all persons having a substantial property interest in the unsafe premises shall be made party defendants.
(1987 Code, § 7-77) (Ord. 28, 1988, passed 11-14-1988)