Last week the San Diego City Council approved an ordinance that could benefit homeowners associations located in the City of San Diego that have a lot of foreclosures. The new Abandoned Property Ordinance (“APO”) gives the city authority to fine owners of foreclosed or pending foreclosure properties (Notice of Default filed) that are vacant. If a constituent complains to the city about a foreclosure property's deteriorated condition, the city can fine the owner $500 to $1,500 with a maximum fine of $5,000 in any one year. The intent of the APO is to expand the city's ability to address problems with poorly kept foreclosure properties in addition to its existing authority over abandoned properties. The APO gives the city additional tools to hold owners responsible for vacant lots and buildings with the hope of combating the effects of foreclosures.
Kathy Mills, Esq.