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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.


Unreal: Posted: July 14, 2014 11:30 a.m.

Maybe check the DNA of womens bodies found dumped in the area to see if it is hers? I don't know if they can get a sample from another family member.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 14, 2014 11:50 a.m.

Just because they haven't located her doesn't mean she's dead! She could've moved several times, even left the country, married, etc.

mrabe91321: Posted: July 14, 2014 12:48 p.m.

Auction it off on Ebay. Let the city keep the proceeds. Then they can nickel and dime the new owner to death with permits fees, and taxes, while the new owner tries to rebuild, and construct. Win, win, all the way around. (except for the new owner)

Unreal: Posted: July 14, 2014 1:42 p.m.

mrabe91321: You must be an Obama supporter. Just let the government take private property and keep the money due to owner? Tax and fine? Wow.

SReilly12: Posted: July 14, 2014 2:05 p.m.

Okay Signal this is where you can step in and help. The original story had a poster, going by "Amomof_4 - She has had contact with the daughter and has tried to help out with this situation. You have this posters info......reach out and help with this situation.

johnnyrock: Posted: July 14, 2014 2:40 p.m.

SReilly12, first good post here.

Tallahto: Posted: July 14, 2014 2:53 p.m.

Call the Property Brothers from HGTV - they'll fix it up real nice!

SReilly12: Posted: July 14, 2014 3:25 p.m.

@johnnyrock - thanks. Original story was written by Holt - I've made the phone call to him since Shannon Hoofman (writer of this story) doesn't show in their staff listing. Keeping fingers crossed that they step up!

Unreal: Posted: July 14, 2014 3:25 p.m.

SReilly12: Good idea. I remember this story this from the first time around. The man who owned this house was known for good deeds and helping others in the community. I think he even received an award from the city. Now his daughter is having an issue with the house and the city does this?

What about it Bob Keller? You have your own real-estate office and you know what can be done to help her and make sure the money her dad wanted her to have will go to her.

Unreal: Posted: July 14, 2014 3:29 p.m.

And if you do handle the sale of this property you should only charge a nominal 1% because you know you won't even have to put this in the multiples
at this time because of the price range. It will fly out the door. You can sell it "in office"

Also you will pick up lots of buyers for other homes with agents sitting open house at this house.

Time to give back Bob.

SReilly12: Posted: July 14, 2014 3:38 p.m.

Unreal - A sad story that I am hoping has a happy ending. Yes this Man was a giver and he deserves someone giving back to him in a round about way!

lars1: Posted: July 14, 2014 11:34 p.m.

I have seen homeless people in the abandoned house next to the metrolink station on Soledad. They get in through the garage door, which is often open.

I don't know why that ugly unkempt metrolink house is still there.

At least the house in the picture above is painted, and there appears to be a live brush growing in the front.

ricketzz: Posted: July 15, 2014 9:39 a.m.

Those old buildings on Soledad are part of the Bermite remediation, aren't they? I doubt the city owns them. After riding the train up San Fernando Road, nothing in the SCV looks that bad.

Unreal: Posted: July 15, 2014 11:28 a.m.

ricketzz: You are correct. If I have to drive into the SFV or LA it is such a relief to come back over the hill into our valley. Looks so nice out here in comparison.

People will continue to have a feeling of relief when entering our town if we make sure we don't get those mega digital billboards on the 5 and the 14.

ricketzz: Posted: July 16, 2014 10:09 a.m.

I used to service a chain of Mexican TV stations all over the Southwest. Nothing beats rolling down the Shadowpines exit after visiting Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Phoenix. Here's a place that does first impressions right.

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