On the garage door to the 52nd Street house is an aging piece of paper instructing someone to call M & M Mortgage Services Inc. in case of an emergency. Jason Blilie, attorney for the Miami-based company, citing legal restrictions, declined to comment about the property. But he said the company is responsible for contacting the owner or any other interested parties if something happens to it.
Last year, the Washington State Supreme Court made it harder for banks to perform maintenance on these properties. The court ruled that even if a lender holds a deed of trust for a house, they are still prohibited from entering it to secure or maintain it without a court order.
Last year, MTGLQ Investors L.P., a subsidiary of global investment bank Goldman Sachs that holds the deed of trust and promissory note for the Carter house, initiated a judicial foreclosure on the property. The case is ongoing. Last month, an attorney for MTGLQ Investors successfully filed a court motion, which referenced code enforcement actions by Pridemore, that allowed its representatives to enter the property for maintenance.
Up until last month, Benedicktus said the house was unsecured, vandalized and covered with graffiti. According to county records, the “property owner” was assessed $16,500 in liens between March and April. Now the house is boarded up and has a padlock on the shed, which Benedicktus calls a “token gesture.”
In an emailed statement, Rian Davis, public affairs…