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Benefits of a Receivership

  • Orders to vacate must come from the court. This directive greatly reduces local enforcement agency exposure to potential negative publicity as well as liability that can accompany forced relocation and takeover of private property. The Health & Safety Code does not require the filing of a civil complaint. It authorizes the ex parte appointment of a receiver on petition of a local enforcement agency. The typical life of the receivership ranges from 2-6 months depending upon the scope of the project.
  • Enforcement remedy is a faster and far more efficient method to abate severely substandard properties due to shortened notice requirements as well as ex parte application.
  • A Receiver is typically appointed on the day of the application and empowered with the authority to take emergency measures to secure a given property, immediately relocate tenants/owners/residents to safe and temporary housing and abate other circumstances posing immediate threats to health and safety.
  • The prevailing party (upon successful appointment of a Receiver) is awarded attorneys fees and costs, by statute, for the cost of obtaining the Receiver’s appointment and even, under certain circumstances, for costs of prior enforcement efforts/criminal prosecutions/abatement proceedings/outstanding liens for prior abatements.