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BE WARNED. DO NOT ENTER A RED TAGGED PROPERTY - YOU WILL BE ARRESTED!
That is the most important thing I can tell you. If you see a home with a red-tag on the front door 99% of the time you need city permission to enter or you will be arrested. I have never heard of a "RED-TAG" for a fence, that is usually a city violation. With that said, every city is unique and has it's own policies.
For example, We are closing a property for one at 6052 Newlin Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601. To enter the property you must need a letter from the inspector and the inspector notified the police not to arrest you during our scheduled visit. Every situation is different but you should always check with the city first.
"Red-tagged" does NOT mean it is not livable or inhabitable. There is a wide array of problems that can get your property or structure Red-tagged. One as minor as a fence that is built a foot too high.
The tag will contain information dealing with the date of the inspection, the inspectorâ€™s identification, and a brief comment on the problem. The red tagged is also recorded on your Title, if the Red-tag got posted on the property and somehow got taken down.
Your first move as a buyer or agent is to speak directly to the government agency in charge of the property. EXAMPLE:
Santa Cruz County Code Compliance, Planning Department
701 Ocean Street, 4th Floor
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 454-3522 for San Lorenzo Valley
Each building department has a list of these Code Compliance requirements.
Q. Where can I find the Santa Cruz County Code Compliance?
A. You will find the County Code here: http://www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/County_Code.html
When selling a house you need to notify buyers that a red tag exists because Lenders normally don't want to lend on a "red-tagged" property unless the issue is remedied before close of escrow. The red-tagged will be â€œexpungedâ€ from the title for a fee. However, there are lenders that have loan products that can be used when a redâ€“tag exists on a subject property.
The Lender to talk to about this is:
Senior Loan Officer
Office: 408-559-9860, ext 19
A prudent approach, before you sign a purchase contract, would be to visit the city/county building department and to discuss the situation and possible options about the subject property. Find out all you can and make sure you get clarification of their policy toward properties of this kind. For example, if it's a property that needs to be permitted, ask the building official about an as-built permit. Find out how much the permit process might cost and what the chances are of obtaining approval for the building. I can make myself available to visit the city's building department with you.
Youâ€™ll also need a list of defective conditions likely to be cited by the building department. Our recommendations would also be for you to hire an experienced home inspector for an evaluation of the building, we can help with that as well. - Chris, 530-510-0810