County supervisors will consider rules on foreclosed property owners

{A href=""}BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Tuesday, Kern County supervisors will look to take steps to implement penalties against property owners who don't secure and maintain empty properties in the county. The potential move would be in response to a rash of squatter incidents and complaints from residents about eyesore properties driving down their home values.

After dealing with an increase in dilapidated properties around the county, supervisors are stepping up their efforts make sure that both local and bank-owned properties are being maintained.

Recently, Supervisor Mike Maggard directed his staff to work with the county's legal branch to lay out a plan that would hold property owners more accountable.

Background information released in advance of the meeting shows the group gleaned information from existing policies from San Diego to Charlotte County in Florida.

The plan also looks at ways that homes that are likely to be empty for an extended period of time would be placed on a list. It's something that would be easily available to identify people who shouldn't be in a property.

The form would be easily available to identify people that shouldn't be in a property.