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What to do with an ownerless house

Posted: July 14, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 14, 2014 2:00 a.m.

In this May photo, the house at 27526 Bernina Avenue in Canyon Country sits boarded up by the city of Santa Clarita for a number of "health and safety violations."

The Santa Clarita City Council has petitioned to appoint a receiver for a boarded-up Canyon Country house whose legal owner they have been unable to locate.

On a 4-1 vote taken during a closed session, council members also agreed to file a public nuisance abatement action in the case of the house on Bernina Avenue.

The house has been boarded up since May 23 after its owner died and the structure stood empty, attracting squatters.

More than a dozen criminal charges were filed against illegal occupants of the residence since November 2012.

In May, the city, county and Sheriff’s Department boarded up the house and posted “No Trespassing” signs on it. A county Department of Public Health report said it was infested with rats, human waste and other debris.

Officials found “no further code violations” during a July 2 inspection of the property, according to Allen Solomon of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

“The property is vacant and boarded,” Solomon said.

Its owner was Max Odrezin, who died in 2008. Odrezin’s daughter, Laurie Odrezin, has not been located.

“The city attorney’s office, Community Preservation Division and the Sheriff’s Department are collaborating and working to alleviate the issue as soon as possible,” city spokeswoman Jessica Jackson said last week.


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