MACo Encourages Improvements to Foreclosed Property Registry

MACo Associate Director, Natasha Mehu, provided written testimony in support of House Bill 954, “Foreclosed Property Registry – Updated Information – Notice to Local Governments,” to the House Environment and Transportation Committee on February 21, 2017.

The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) operates an online, password protected, Foreclosed Property Registry in which every residential property purchased at a foreclosure sale must be registered. This information can be used to facilitate code enforcement, property maintenance, nuisance abatement, law enforcement, and emergency services. HB 954 would require a foreclosure purchaser to update as necessary any information submitted when initially registering the property. Additionally the bill requires DLLR to promptly send a copy of the initial registration and any subsequent updates to the appropriate county or municipality.

From MACo testimony:

These changes expedite and streamline the notification process to ensure that local jurisdictions are in the best position to take action on foreclosed properties that may pose a danger to the community. The local jurisdictions would be spared the time-consuming task of periodically checking the site for updates and having to crosscheck street addresses with county borderlines. Instead, the information would be clearly and promptly provided to the appropriate county authority. It also creates a safeguard against inaccurate or outdated property information.

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