No matter where you go in California, it seems like every neighborhood has at least one abandoned property. These properties can cause property values to decrease and even lead to serious injuries. Most abandoned properties are not maintained, which means there will be tall grass, dangerous items and even rot or decay of the home. Here’s how to handle an abandoned property in your neighborhood in Pomona.

The first thing you should never do is trespass on the property. Not only are you putting yourself at risk for an injury, you are also limiting your chances of receiving compensation from a premises liability claim since you went on the property without consent from the property owner.

Contact the local governing board in Pomona to report the property. This will be the zoning officer. Ask the zoning official to visit the property and take pictures. They likely will do so if they receive enough complaints or if the first complaint is serious enough in nature.

Try to track down the owner of the home. These records are available to the public and can be found on township and city websites. Once you know the owner’s name, you can begin trying to contact them. If all else fails, they might come out and fix up the property a bit until they can sell it.

As you can see, abandoned properties pose a lot of risk and dangers to the neighborhood. Make sure you follow the tips outlined in this post so you can report it to the proper authorities. Never trespass on the property, so you don’t put yourself at risk for an injury.