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Jose Santos, Other/Just Looking in 95131

How do you get the real address of an absentee owner of a property?

Asked by Jose Santos, 95131 Wed Sep 19, 2007

I know the name and of course I know the mailing address of the property. But I would like to send a note to the absentee owner asking him to take care of his front lawn with 4' weeds that is a fire hazard.

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You could try to get the information from the tax records. Where is the tax bill sent? I am not sure if Santa Clara County makes that kind of information available. There are some privacy laws that have recently prompted changes in what kind of information is made available to the public. You can also contact code enforcement. They'll come out to the property and look at what needs to be done. Then they'll issue a citation to the owner and give the owner time to cure the problem. This takes you out of the equation and gets the problem resolved. I dealt with this as agent for a bank foreclosed property once and the issue was resolved. The agency usually act upon neighbor complaints.
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Ute Ferdig -…, Real Estate Pro in Newcastle, CA
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The tax records will provide you with their mailing address. If you believe that is not where the party lives you can do a Zaba Search on them. http://zabasearch.com.

In addition if there is a fire hazard you can call the local fire department or the city to issue a notice to the owner. I believe it would be the Weed Abatement department.
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Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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Lots of good answers here. I will add by using Cleveland as an example. I suspect it is indicative of other larger cities. Sometimes even the City of Cleveland can't track down a prior owner. I would suggest you contact your city/county housing departments and ask them to intervene for you. Good luck!
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You can mail an envelope with instructions not to forward and note "forwarding address requested". If there is a mail fwding on file, it will be provided to you.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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Jose,

if you are working with an agent they can get that information from there title company for you. If you are trying to find it for yourself, yes you will have to get it thru the property tax records
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Jose, As others said, the tax record is one way, but I have had similar situations with clients of mine, and we contacted the fire marshall, and they make an attempt to get a hold of the owner, then if they aren't able to - AND they agree it is indeed a fire hazard, they will have it cut back and bill the owner for the costs.

Patti Phillips
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Here is a link that may help you Jose. Best of luck.
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Steve Ostrom, Real Estate Pro in Roseville, CA
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