I wanted to let you know about the city’s Receivership Program, which is a new tool our inspectional service departments are using to aggressively address the negative impact that abandoned, blighted, and foreclosed properties have on our neighborhoods.
A receivership is a process authorized by state law to place such properties under the control of a court-appointed and supervised “receiver.” This is a highly effective tool in addressing properties in our community which are repeatedly and constantly found in violation of building and sanitary codes.
As a result of a coordinated strategy among multiple city agencies, led by a committed team of inspectional services staff, our first effort in appointing a receiver at 21 Mount Hood Terrace was hugely successful. It’s an effective way to clean up properties that would otherwise be blighting our neighborhoods—and give more families a chance to own a home in Melrose!
Check out these before-and-after photos of 21 Mount Hood Terrace. We are using the receivership process at another location, and we may consider it for other problem properties as well.