Community Preservation inspectors are responsible for the investigation of hazardous nuisance conditions, such as unsecured structures and swimming pools that pose an imminent danger. Other examples of nuisance conditions include:
- Vacant, open structures throughout the City (priority is given to those in close proximity to schools)
- Vacant, unfenced parcels used for parking or storage
Dirty, stagnant swimming pools
Pools without adequate, required protective fencing
When an inspection reveals a hazardous condition, the inspector issues the property owner a Notice & Order/Notice to Correct the conditions within a short specified time period.
Should the owner not remedy the hazardous conditions, the City may obtain a contractor to complete the work. The owner is then billed for all costs and administrative fees. An Abatement Notice is filed with the Orange County Recorder as a notice to potential buyers.
If the City is not reimbursed in a timely manner, the costs are referred to the Orange County Tax Assessor to be recorded as a lien on the property. Criminal action by the Office of the City Attorney may also be initiated against the property owner.