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A. The owner of the parcel upon which the nuisance is found to exist shall be liable for all costs of abatement incurred by the county which administrative fees shall be assessed to recover costs incurred in the investigation, inspection, re-inspection, title search, appeal hearing and any other costs incurred by the county, including, but not limited to, all costs incurred in the physical abatement of the nuisance associated with the violations specified on the notice of violation. If the owner fails to pay the costs of the abatement upon demand by the county, the Board of Supervisors may order the cost of the abatement to be specially assessed against the parcel. The assessment may be collected at the same time and in the same manner as ordinary county taxes are collected, and shall be subject to the same penalties and the same procedure and sale in case of delinquency as are provided for ordinary county taxes.

B. If the Board of Supervisors specially assesses the cost of the abatement against the parcel, the Board may also cause a notice of abatement lien to be recorded. The notice shall, at a minimum, identify the record owner or possessor of property, set forth the last known address of the record owner or possessor, set forth the date upon which abatement of the nuisance was ordered by the Board of Supervisors and the date the abatement was complete, and include a description of the real property subject to the lien and the amount of the abatement cost.

C. However, if the Board of Supervisors does not cause the recordation of a notice of abatement lien pursuant to subsection (B) of this section, and any real property to which the costs of abatement relates has been transferred or conveyed to a bona fide purchaser for value, or a lien on a bona fide encumbrancer for value has been created and attaches to that property prior to the date on which the first installment of county taxes would become delinquent, then the cost of abatement shall not result in a lien against that real property but shall be transferred to the unsecured roll for collection.

D. Recordation of a notice of abatement lien pursuant to subsection (B) of this section has the same effect as recordation of an abstract of a money judgment recorded pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure, Title 9, Division 2, Part 2, Chapter 2, Article 2 (commencing with Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 697.310). The lien created has the same priority as a judgment lien on real property and continues in effect until released. Upon order of the Board of Supervisors, or any county officer authorized by the Board of Supervisors to act on its behalf, an abatement lien created under this section may be released or subordinated in the same manner as a judgment lien on real property may be released or subordinated. (Ord. 1054, eff. 8/21/14)