Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan released the following statement Monday addressing citizen concerns with foreclosure proceedings.
“In recent weeks my office has heard of concerns from Los Angeles County citizens and home owners regarding a recent report released by the City and County of San Francisco. The report – “Foreclosures in California: A Crisis in Compliance” – highlights analysis conducted by a consulting firm for the City and County of San Francisco of a random sample of 382 foreclosure filings. The report suggests that there are systemic weaknesses in the foreclosure process in California and that alleged irregularities, errors and potential violations of law are common in the filings reviewed by the consultants.
These findings have caused concern among some Los Angeles County residents and advocates. They are concerned that the issues identified in San Francisco’s report are indicative of more common problems that might also be found in foreclosure proceedings filed in Los Angeles County.
While the County Recorder does not have enforcement authority or independent discretion to conduct activities outside the scope of statutory mandates or Board designated responsibilities, I believe the concerns of our residents are important. In response, I have shared information related to their concerns and the report with policy makers and enforcement authorities – and I stand ready to assist with any inquiry or investigation of the report that helps address those concerns.”
Logan also emphasized the services and important resources available from the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs for families facing foreclosure or for those who may be victims of foreclosure scams.
“Los Angeles County’s Department of Consumer Affairs provides invaluable assistance to families and homeowners who may be facing foreclosure or who may suspect they are victims of a foreclosure scam or real estate fraud.
I strongly encourage anyone in need of assistance to contact Consumer Affairs’ Real Estate Fraud and Information Program at (800) 973-3370 or to visit the Department of Consumer Affairs website at www.lacountydca.info for further information.”