Distressed & Abandoned Properties

Due to recent economic conditions, the growing number of abandoned and distressed residential properties (PDF) has been identified as a potential threat the public peace, health, and safety of local citizens. Upon incorporation, the City Council of the City of Wildomar adopted the County of Riverside's Ordinance Number 881 addressing Distressed and Abandoned Residential Properties (codified as Chapter 15.104 of the Wildomar Municipal Code).

Chapter 15.104 (PDF) of the Municipal Code outlines responsibilities that a lender, trustee, or beneficiary is required to abide by for Distressed or Abandoned Properties in anticipation of a default, throughout the process of foreclosure, and while held as a trustee deed. The important elements of the ordinance include:

  • Inspection of the property by the trustee prior to recording the Notice of Default;
  • Registration with the City upon determination of vacancy or evidence of vacancy;
  • Monthly inspections by the trustee for distressed properties;
  • Maintenance standards comparable to neighborhood, and exceeding HUD requirements;
  • Non-compliant property subject to civil and administrative proceedings and fines, which can include fines of up to $1,000 per day per property, and all administrative costs including abatement, attorney fees, and all administrative penalties and costs; and
  • Annual registration of abandoned or distressed properties with the City.

Our goal is to keep the City of Wildomar safe and free from the detrimental effects of neighborhood blight, for the benefit of those who invest or reside in our communities.

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