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Irvine, CA 92602

Scorched Richmond Residence is Demolished for a Safer Community


An abandoned Richmond single-family residence earned its reputation for being a long-time epidemy of code enforcement violations. This residence experienced extreme lack of maintenance which resulted in overgrown vegetation, trash dumping, and transient trespassing. To top it all off, this property had sustained multiple fires – with the last one being the largest – leaving the residence burned and unsalvageable. Due to its severe dilapidation, the building required immediate demolition.


The City and Civica Law tracked down the property owners to find they are deceased. This property can be considered an “Orphan Property” due to missing or deceased owners. Given this situation, we searched for an heir or interested party to take responsibility, but to no avail. That’s where the City was obliged to appoint a receiver to remediate the property via demolition.

Additionally, this orphan property was a multi-parcel property which can make it less appealing to buyers. However, this now large 6,000 sq. ft. vacant lot was fortunate to receive multiple bids over the lot price, which helped the City obtain full cost recovery. The new owners plan to make the lot useful, keep in compliance with Richmond building & safety ordinances, and increase the neighborhood’s property values.



Civica Law brings expertise and dedication to the service of over 40 Californian cities and counties in all facets of municipal law. Comprising of accomplished attorneys and proficient paralegals, we stand ready to address any public safety legal concerns. Our recent success in this case highlights our dedication to nurturing a safe and peaceful community and emphasizes the significance of strong code enforcement strategies. Contact us today to rehabilitate the blight in your community!

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  • Celina Zambrano

    Celina Zambrano earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from California State University of Long Beach. Mrs. Zambrano brings 8 years of experience in marketing, communications, advertising, and other public relations. Celina is excited and determined to grow Civica Law Group, APC towards being the number one municipal law firm in California.