The City of Montebello requires that trustees inspect any property upon default and to register that property with the City if the property appears to be vacant. In addition, the City requires that trustees secure and maintain these properties. (Code requirements for security and maintenance of foreclosed properties are available through Code Enforcement upon request.)
Montebello Municipal Code Section 8.40.060 is printed below which outlines the procedures to register vacant properties under notice of default. A Registration Form in PDF format is also available online on the Code Enforcement main page.
To request additional information please contact Code Enforcement at (323) 887-1490.
8.40.060 REGISTRATION OF VACANT PROPERTIES UNDER NOTICE OF DEFAULT
Any beneficiary/trustee, who holds a deed of trust on a property located within the City of Montebello, shall perform an inspection of the property that is the security for the deed of trust, upon default by the trustor, prior to recording a Notice of Default with the Los Angeles County Recorders Office. If the property is found to be vacant or shows evidence of vacancy, it is, by this Chapter, deemed abandoned and the beneficiary/trustee shall, within ten (10) days of the inspection, register the property with the Code Enforcement Division or his or her designee on forms provided by the City.
If the property is occupied but remains in default it shall be inspected by the beneficiary/trustee, or his designee, monthly until 1) The trustee or other party remedies the default or 2) It is found to be vacant or shows evidence of vacancy at which time it is deemed abandoned, and the trustee shall, within ten (10) days of that inspection, register the property with the Code Enforcement Division on forms provided by the City.
The registration shall contain the name of the beneficiary/trustee (corporation or individual), the direct street/office mailing address of the beneficiary/ trustee (no P. O. Boxes), a direct contact name and phone number for the beneficiary/trustee and, in the case of a corporation or out of area beneficiary/trustee, the local property management company responsible for the security, maintenance and marketing of the property. Registration fees will not be prorated.
An annual registration fee shall accompany the Registration Form. The fee and registration shall be valid for the calendar year, or remaining portion of the calendar year, in which the registration was initially required. Subsequent registrations and fees are due January 1st of each year and must be received no later than January 31 of the year due.
This section shall also apply to properties that have been the subject of a foreclosure sale where the title was transferred to the beneficiary of a deed of trust involved in the foreclosure and any properties transferred under a deed in lieu of foreclosure/sale.
Properties subject to this chapter shall remain under the annual registration requirement, security and maintenance standards of this section as long as they remain vacant.
Any person, firm, corporation or any other legal entity that has registered a property under this chapter must report any change of information contained in the registration within ten (10) days of the change.