Register for Foreclosed and Defaulted Residential Properties Inspection and Maintenance Program

Under Oakland Municipal Code 8.54, Oakland's Foreclosed & Defaulted Residential Properties Program is a proactive effort to preserve neighborhood livability and the health and safety of Oakland residents by preventing neglect and deterioration of properties involved in the foreclosure process. Learn how to register below.

Before you Start

For more information about the purpose and scope of the program, please review the Summary of Ordinance and Program Requirements.

Before registering or making a payment, please read and understand the following:

  1. Prepare to provide all information listed in this Registration Checklist
  2. Read the Registration Responsibilities Summary OMC 8.54.200
  3. Read the Inspection, Maintenance and Security Requirements OMC 8.54, Article IV

What to Do

How to Register

  1. Conduct Self-Inspection of Property

    The owner or responsible agent must complete a self-directed property inspection before the end of each month as per Oakland Municipal Code, Chapter 8.54.310 to ensure that the property remains in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. These findings will be reported through the registration process. Read the Inspection Standards here.

  2. Gather Property Details

    The registrant must provide basic details about the property, including the address, parcel number, property management company, bank/lender information, owner contact information, Alameda County Recorder's Office Notice of Default or Real Estate Owned, servicer information, and results of initial inspection. Many of these fields are required, so to expedite this process, a review of the Registration Checklist in advance is highly recommended.

  3. Provide Information and Inspection Findings

    Once information is gathered, select the “Register Your Foreclosed Property” button below to begin the process. Immediately note the number assigned at the top of the first registration page, which is required for subsequent access to the registration.

    Register Your Foreclosed Property
  4. Pay the Registration Fee

    Once all information has been entered, the registration fee of $914.00 can be paid by credit card. Your registration will not be complete until the payment is received.

  5. Schedule Inspection with Building Services

    Once the registration is complete, an inspection by a City Building Services Inspector must be scheduled within 30 days. Instructions are provided in the final stages of the registration process.

  6. Complete Abatement (As Required)

    Once registered, the owner must ensure that the property remains in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including the program requirement that abatement of non-substandard conditions be completed within 60 days. More significant rehabilitation may be given more time at the discretion of the City Building Official. Read the Summary of Ordinance and Program Requirements and OMC 8.58 for more information.

Additional Information

  • All data captured in this registration program is considered public information.
  • The failure to register a property can result in civil and administrative penalties. Refer to the Program Summary for more information.
  • The $914.00 registration fee is good for one year. If completion of required abatement has not occurred within twelve months of initial registration the registration must be renewed and the annual fee is again due.
  • If changed conditions reintroduce blight or substandard conditions following the completion of the registration, inspection, and abatement process where applicable, the property must again be registered and inspected according to program guidelines.
  • If a property subject to registration is transferred to an owner-occupant, the former owner must report the transfer during registration.

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Questions? Please email us at foreclosednodregistrations@oaklandca.gov

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