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HUD's Inventory of Acquired Houses in the Columbus, Ohio, Area

Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1977-11-11.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

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                          DOCUHENT RBSUSE
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[HUD's Inventory of Acquired Houses in the Columbus , Ohio,
Area]. November 11, 1977. 2 pp. + enclosure (1 pp.).
Report to Paul Lydens, Director, Department of Housing and Urban
Development: Columbus Area Office, OH; by Robert W. Hanlon,
Regional Hanager, Field Operations Div.: Regional Office
(Cincinnati).
Contact: Field Operations Div.: Regional Office (Cincinnati).
          As part of an examination of the processes the
Department of Housing and Urban Development (BUD) follows in
acquiring, preserving, and disposing of single family houses,
HUD's inventory of acquired houses in the Columbus, Ohio, area
office were compared with those recorded in HUD's name at the
Franklin County courthouse. The comparison showed that HUD was
the owner on record of 27 properties not included in its
inventory, and courthouse records indicated that some of these
properties had been transferred to HUD as early as 1972 and
1973. Five of the properties had never been included in HUD's
inventory; 4 were awaiting title opinion and/or approval; and 18
were shown on HUD zecords as having been sold. Reconciliation of
BUD inventory records- -th county records should include an
analysis of whether BUD has title to the five properties for
which there is no record of ownership and the four properties
awaiting title opinions or approval. It should also be
determined if HUD sold the 18 properties; if so, HUD should be
removed as the owner of record. (RRS)
                    .U,, iED STATES GENERAL ACCOUNTING UrFICE
                                 REGIONAL OFFICE
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                                IEIOERALOFFICE BUIDING
                                     FlrTH AND^ MAIN STREETS

                               CINCINNATI. OHIO 45202
                                                                    NOV 11 1977
 Mr. Paul Lydens, Director                                      -       - -
  U.S. Department of Housing
    and Urban Development
 Columbus Area Office
 200 North High Street
 'Columbus, Ohio   43215

 Dear Mr. Lydens:

       The General Accounting Office is examining the processes Department
,jof Housing and Urban Development (HUD) follows in acquiring, preserving,
 and disposing of single family houses. As part of the examination,
 we compared HUD's inventory of acquired houses at the Columbus
                                                                 area
 office with those recorded in HUD's name at the Franklin County
                                                                   Court-
 house. The comparison showed that HUD was the owner on record
                                                                 of 27
 properties not included in its inventory.   Courthouse records show
 some of these properties had been transferred to HUD as e;rly
                                                                as 1972
 and 1973 (see appendix I).

      Our analysis of the 27 properties revealed:

     -- five properties had never been included in HUD's inventory,

     -four   properties were awaiting title opinion and/or approval,
       and

     -- eighteen of the properties were shown on HUD records as sold.

     Acquired property should be identified, recorded, and placed
                                                                  in the
inventory for disposition as quickly as possible after title has been
acquired. According to HUD regulations, the local office is supposed
                                                                       to
make sure the buyer records transfer of title at the courthouse when
                                                                      the
sale is closed.

     To correct the above conditions, HUD inventory records should be
reconciled with the county courthouse records. We believe the reconcil-
iation should include at least the following analysis:

      -determine if HUD: has title      to (1) the five properties for
       which your office has no       record of ownership and (2) the
       four properties awaiting       title opinions or approval.  If the
       properties belong to HUD       they should be included in the
       inventory and if not HUD       should ask the county to correct
       their records.
     -- determine if HUD sold the eighteen
        have HUD removed as owner of record properties and either
                                             or place the properties
        back in inventory.

     Please let us know how this condition
                                            occurred and what you could
do to prevent it from happening again.
                                        Thank
the cooperation given the representatives      you and your staff for
                                           of this office and if you
have any questions, please contact
                                   Mr. Dan HcCafferty or Hr. Homer
Carrington at 684-2107.

                                         Sincerely,




                                          Robert W. Hanlon
                                 /      . Regional Hanager
                                                         Appendix I
            COURTHOUSE HUD RECORDED PROPERTIES NOT LISTED IN
                  HUD'S PROPERTY DISPOSITION INVENTORY

Properties with no record of ownership

                                                          Date Title
                                  Address            Transferred to HUD
                             356 S. Eureka Ave.           3-19-75
                             2228 Homestead Dr.            7-6-76
                             2287 Delbert Rd.             4-18-77
                             2053 Aberdeen Ave.           5-12-77
                             2065 Aberdeen Ave.           5-12-77
Properties awaiting title opinion or approval

                             1252   Woodnell Ave.         11-29-73
                             2469   Kitchner Dr.           1-19-77
                             1069   Kelton Ave.            2-14-77
                             2056   Woodward Ave.          2-24-77
Properties reported sold

                            375 Wilson Ave             ..----11-10-72
                            1093-5 E. 18th Ave.               9-25-73
                            1043 Studer Ave.                    5-6-74
                            1548 Oak Street                   1-10-75
                            1219 E. Fulton St.               10-28-75
                            638 Wilson Ave.                    2-4-76
                            587 E. Stam Ave.                  2-20-76
                            2314 Howey Ave.                   8-27-76
                            984 Ellsworth Ave.               '9-23-76
                            1117 24th Ave.                    10-7-76
                            1554 Republic Ave.                10-8-76
                            1233 Briarwood Ave.              10-13-76
                            1271 Aberdeen Ave.               10-20-76
                            1495 Arlington ,Ave.            11-10-76
                            751 Kimball--           ..      12-10-76
                            2334 Lexington Ave.             12-14-76
                            1351 Aberdeen Ave.                 1-7-77
                            954 E. 19th Ave.                   2-2-77