Health and Safety Receivership | Garden Grove Presidio House
Richardson “Red” Griswold was appointed by the Orange County Superior Court as receiver over a dilapidated vacant single-family home in a charming neighborhood within the City of Garden Grove pursuant to the California Health & Safety Code.
Since at least 2017, the Property had been the subject of citizen complaints and subsequent code enforcement efforts by the City. The violations generally stemmed from the failure to maintain the vacant, unsecured residential structure, but also included storage of debris, construction of an enclosed patio room without permits, and general lack of property maintenance. There was also evidence of trespassing. These violations had been steadily increasing in severity through the years.
The City had been unable to contact the Property Owner, or anyone on behalf of the Property Owner, despite multiple attempts to make contact to resolve the issues at the Property. It appeared that the Property Owner had simply walked away from the home.
The Property suffered from multiple broken windows and no smoke detectors. The plumbing was not functional. There was an unsafe amount of non-incidental storage throughout the rear, front, and side yards of the property, including trash, junk, and debris, which not surprisingly had led to a pest infestation.
Mr. Griswold’s team met with the City inspectors and inspected the conditions of the Property with a contractor. After several weeks of rehabilitation to address the various violations and ensure that the Property remained secure, the City of Garden Grove confirmed that the violations at the Property were corrected.
Following the completion of the rehabilitation at the Property, Mr. Griswold’s team made another concerted effort to attempt to contact the Property Owner. All communication attempts continued to be ignored by the Property Owner. Mr. Griswold therefore requested the Court’s authorization to list the Property for sale.
This quiet neighborhood in the City of Garden Grove appreciates the efforts of the City and Mr. Griswold’s team to maintain a peaceful place for them to live. They look forward to having the home reoccupied and getting to know their new neighbors.