Within the jurisdiction of every municipality are nuisance residential and commercial properties that create serious problems for the surrounding community. These properties often take the form of hoarder houses, drug houses or unsafe commercial buildings riddled with state and local law violations and a magnet for criminal activity. If left unchecked, these blighted properties become a chronic drain on the time and resources of cities and counties - and can lead to deadly consequences.
In this three-part webinar series presented by Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys, and featuring the perspectives of city and county staff and court-appointed receivers, municipalities will be presented with proven administrative, criminal and civil tools to rehabilitate these problem properties and return them to productive use.
Partner Mark Easter, with more than 25 years of experience in eminent domain, real estate and receivership litigation, will serve as moderator.
Who Should Attend:
- City managers
- Council members
- City attorneys
- Building officials
- Community development directors
- Planning directors
- Police/fire chiefs
Webinar #1: Administrative Remedies
Thursday, Jan. 19
Noon - 1 p.m.
This segment addressed various administrative remedies available to local entities to address public nuisance structures or activities. This includes the administrative citation process and permit and license revocations. The webinar also covered the cost recovery and cost effectiveness of this approach. Attorneys Christy Marie Lopez and Joshua Nelson from BB&K provided guidance and explored administrative remedies.
Materials for Webinar #1 - "Administrative Remedies":
Dealing with Dangerous Dwellings in Your City: Administrative Remedies
To view a recording of Webinar #1, click here.
Webinar #2: Criminal Prosecution
Thursday, Jan. 26
Noon - 1 p.m.
This segment covered the potential criminal remedies available that can be effective in achieving compliance with various codes. This panel focused on how criminal penalties can be used as an effective tool, while often being time-efficient and cost-effective. City prosecutors Christy Marie Lopez and Charlene Wynder from BB&K provided guidance for the appropriate use of the criminal enforcement mechanism by local entities.
Materials for Webinar #2 - "Criminal Prosecution":
Dealing With Dangerous Dwellings in Your City: Criminal Prosecution
To view a recording of Webinar #2, click here.
Webinar #3: Injunctions, Receiverships and Other Court-Approved Remedies
Thursday, Feb. 2
Noon - 2 p.m.
This segment explored the different civil solutions available for combating nuisance commercial and residential properties with insights from a knowledgeable panel, including BB&K attorneys Mark Easter and Samuel Emerson, court-appointed receivers Kevin Randolph and Nicholas Firetag, San Bernardino County Code Enforcement Chief Andy Wingert and Riverside County Counsel Greg Priamos, formerly city attorney for the City of Riverside.
Materials for Webinar #3 - "Injunctions, Receiverships and Other Court Approved Remedies":
Dealing with Dangerous Dwellings in Your City: Injunctions, Receiverships and Other Court Approved Remedies
To view a recording of Webinar #3, click here.
Additional Reading: Dealing with Nuisance Properties: The Tools in Your Code Enforcement Tool Box