what does it mean to be red tagged?

Asked by Frog, Redding, CA Sun Jan 16, 2011

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Lauri Gibson, Agent, Redding, CA
Sun Jan 16, 2011
Hi--Red Tagged means that the house is not livalbe in its current condition. If you are looking at a house that is for sale it would have to be a cash purchase and then you would have to deal with the city in order to make the house livable. Some are in bad enough condition that they really aren't fixable and have to be torn down. Be very cautious if you are thinking of purchasing a house that has been Red Tagged.

Let me know if you'd like information on a specific house.

Lauri Gibson
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Hello ,yes can you provide info about this property,
2558 Seashore Ave, Salton city CA 92274
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Mrtaylorchap…, Home Buyer, Redding, CA
Tue Aug 8, 2017
Sometimes houses are red-tagged simply because of hazardous materials being found throughout the property. This has been found throughout all types and locations of properties, even government properties. Common culprits are asbestos and lead. However with some costly renovation these materials can be safely removed. The issue is that often even investors are not willing to pay for such fixes, unless the property can be claimed or is already a declared historical site. Another reason properties are red-tagged is typically based upon structural integrity. Insurance companies typically will not insure a red-tagged building nor pay for corrections either, so a big challenge is created in terms of what to do with the property. Cities tend to take them over by default and they sit there until they are so devalued, investors then come in and revitalize the area or property.
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Arpad Racz, Agent, San Jose, CA
Wed May 3, 2017

Did you happen to get a copy of the city/county notice about the issue? It would be great to have a contractor look at that for more detail.

All the best,

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Ydnas85, Home Buyer, Redding, CA
Wed May 3, 2017
Can you live in home which was red tag furnace and has had been shut off by has company
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Livingloving…, Home Buyer, Redding, CA
Mon May 1, 2017
U need to move ur stuff out of there and find
To live!!!??? Does a landlord have to pay for re-location????
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Anthonylawre…, Home Buyer, Redding, CA
Mon Apr 17, 2017
It means the building is severely damaged and is unsafe to inhabit. Similarly, yellow tagged means it has some serious issues, but can be used limitedly. Green tags mean they are totally safe.
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Erickbaez2015, Home Buyer, Redding, CA
Sun Feb 12, 2017
what if im living in a house thats red tagged?
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Matthew Silva, Agent, Whittier, CA
Sun Feb 8, 2015
First off, everyone here is correct. They require working with the city directly to remove the violation and it makes it very difficult to get a loan on it.


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.

Good luck!
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Patti Lyles, Agent, Scotts Valley, CA
Fri May 20, 2011
Do not misinform people. There is more to the topic.

"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 inspector’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) 454-3252
(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 “expunged” from the title for a fee. However, there are lenders that have loan products that can be used when a red–tag exists on a subject property.

The Lender to talk to about this is:
Don Campagna
Senior Loan Officer
Prospect Mortgage
Office: 408-559-9860, ext 19
Cell: 408-483-2995
Fax: 877-345-9148
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Chris and Ma…, Agent, Redding, CA
Tue Jan 25, 2011
Another point worth mentioning is that buying a red-tagged home has it’s risks, but the greatest of these is to proceed without a full knowledge of the situation.

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.

You’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
Web Reference:  http://shastaliving.com
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Dianne Turney, , Redding, CA
Mon Jan 17, 2011
"Red-tagged" usually means the city or county has noted a problem with the property or structure. It could be something easy, difficult, expensive or impossible to remedy. Your first move is to speak directly to the government agency in charge of the property. Proceed with caution and get your own thorough inspections. Lenders normally don't want to lend on a "red-tagged" property unless the issue is remedied before close of escrow.
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Gene Hacker, , Lake Isabella, CA
Sun Jan 16, 2011
It would be a good idea to visit the city or county and find out what the existing violations are.
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