Property Value and Protection Ordinance (PVPO)

Background

On Dec. 4, 2012, the City of San Diego adopted the PDF icon Property Value Protection Ordinance (PVPO) to help protect the safety, welfare, and property values of neighborhoods. The PVPO program requires lenders who issue a Notice of Default or foreclose on residential properties within the San Diego city limits to register current contact information with the City so that Code Enforcement Division officials can track, inspect, and monitor these properties, and easily identify and contact the responsible party if the property lacks maintenance or security.

Payment of registration fees and annual renewal fees cover the costs of the creation and maintenance of properties registered with the City, as well as the costs of monitoring, tracking, inspecting, and investigating the registered properties.

A summary of pertinent information is below:

Regulations

These regulations only apply to properties within the San Diego city limits.

These regulations apply to beneficiaries or trustees who:

  • Hold an interest in deeds of trust for defaulted residential properties; or
  • Hold title to a residential property as a result of a foreclosure sale; or
  • Deed in lieu of foreclosure

Registration Instructions & Fees

To register your property, please download and complete the PDF icon PVPO Registration Form ) and send as a PDF attachment via email to: [email protected]

A responsible party for a property in default is required to register with the Code Enforcement Division within 10 calendar days of issuance of a Notice of Default.

Part of the registration process includes the required fee payment. Once the Registration Form has been processed, an Invoice will be sent for the required payment.

This registration form is provided for residential mortgage holders who file a Notice of Default or foreclose on residential properties. Mortgage holders filing a Notice of Default or foreclosing on residential properties are required to register current contact information with the City. The information contained in this form allows code enforcement officials the ability to monitor problem properties and quickly notify a responsible party when corrective action is required.

Any changes to the registration, including but not limited to: a change in the identity of the responsible party; a change in the status of the property; and any change in contact information must be made within 10 calendar days of the date of the change.

Submit the update request to:

If property is no longer subject to the applicable registration requirements, the responsible party must de-register within 10 calendar days of the action. No refunds are provided for failure to de-register prior to invoicing.

Submit the update request to:

Fee Payment

Part of the registration process includes payment of a fee in the amount of $151, which is payable to the City Treasurer. The fee for each registration shall be valid for the calendar year, or remaining portion of the calendar year, in which the fee was initially required. The fee for each renewal must be paid to the City Treasurer annually by Jan. 31 of each year for each property covered by the PVPO program requirements.

Follow these instructions to make all payments (initial registration, renewals, penalties, etc.):

  • Please wait until an invoice is received prior to making payment. "Voluntary" payments cannot be processed without a corresponding invoice.
  • Submit invoice payments directly to the City Treasurer's Office as indicated on the Invoice.
  • DO NOT send invoice payments to the PVPO Administrator.
  • Payments without benefit of City-issued invoice will be returned.
  • Online payments are not available at this time.
  • Please mail payments to the address indicated on the invoice.

Renewal

All previously-registered properties that remain in the foreclosure process or real estate owned (REO) must be re-registered and the renewal fee paid each calendar year by Jan. 31 of each year. Failure to register will result in penalties. Follow the Fee Payment steps for each renewal fee payment.

Penalties

Failure to comply with the registration requirements will result in an administrative civil penalty in the amount of $100 per day for non-compliance, not to exceed $5,000 in a calendar year per property.

Each registration shall be valid for the calendar year, or remaining portion of the calendar year, in which the registration was initially required. Each registration must be renewed annually by January 31st of each year for each property covered by the PVPO program requirements.

Failure to comply with the registration requirements may result in administrative civil penalties.

By failure, neglect, or refusal to register property as required, civil penalties will continue to accrue on a daily basis until the violation is corrected, except that such amount shall not exceed $5,000 in a calendar year.

Follow the instruction on the invoice to ensure proper processing of the payment. Failure to pay the fine by the indicated due date will result in a 10% penalty fee.

Payment of the fine shall not excuse the failure to register the property nor shall it bar further enforcement by the City.

The failure of any responsible party to pay a penalty imposed under Chapter 1, Article 2, Division 8 of the San Diego Municipal Code within the time specified by the City in a written notice may result in the City using any legal means to recover the civil penalties, including referring the matter to the City Treasurer to file a claim with the Small Claims Court.

An appeal of a penalty imposed under Chapter 5, Article 4, Division 11 shall follow the procedures set forth in PDF icon Chapter 1, Article 2, Division 5 of this Code.

Failure of any person to properly file a written appeal within 10 calendar days shall constitute a waiver of his or her right to an administrative hearing and adjudication of the administrative civil penalty or any portion thereof and the total amount of the fine.

Statement of Intent

Any property in the process of foreclosure that is vacant will be required to file a Statement of Intent.

If you are requested to submit a Statement of Intent by the PVPO Administrator, download, complete and submit the PDF icon Statement of Intent form to establish the plan of action and timeline for bringing vacant property into productive use.

In this instance, a Statement of Intent is a form filled out by the responsible person for a vacant property which contains specific information regarding the ownership of the property and the responsible person's plan for its rehabilitation, development, occupancy, and maintenance.

For PVPO purposes, a Statement of Intent is required for a vacant structure for which the property is under a current Notice of Default, Notice of Trustee's Sale, pending Tax Assessor's Lien Sale, or which has been the subject of a Foreclosure sale where the title was retained by the beneficiary of a Deed of Trust involved in the Foreclosure, or has been transferred under a Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure.

Service Release Request

If the property has been service released, notification is required within 10 calendar days. This information must be provided in writing to the PVPO Administrator. No refunds are provided for failure to notify the PVPO Administrator of the service release.

Questions?

Mail: City of San Diego
Development Services Department
Code Enforcement Division
PVPO Administrator
1222 First Ave., MS 511
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 236-5500
Email: [email protected]