Los Angeles Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program (CNAP)

The Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program (CNAP) is a collaboration between the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, LAPD, Building and Safety and City Planning which targets abandoned structures and nuisance properties plague neighborhoods across the city. CNAP also encourages participation from residents and local area businesses in identifying problem properties. 


CNAP spearheads a number of specialized, community-based programs that target criminal activity and improve the quality of life, including:


  • Taking Out Urban Gang Headquarters (TOUGH)


The L.A. City Attorney's TOUGH program focuses on abating nuisance properties that involve extensive gang activity. Working with LAPD and other law enforcement agencies, the TOUGH program files lawsuits seeking aggressive and specifically-tailored injunctive relief against property owners and gang members, including stay-away orders, closure of properties, hiring of security guards, installation of video camera security systems and other remedial improvements to the properties.


  • Violence and Crime Activated Tenant Eviction (VACATE)


VACATE works with property owners and LAPD citywide to expedite the eviction of tenants who engage in narcotics, gang or violence-related crimes. VACATE reviews all related arrests submitted by LAPD, notifying landlords of pertinent offenses committed by their tenants, and pursuing criminal or civil remedies against owners who fail to evict these tenants. VACATE prosecutors also file eviction actions where owners refuse or are too fearful to evict for specified related crimes.


  • Problem Properties Resolution Team (PPRT)


PPRT receives referrals of problem properties and neighborhoods from Council Offices, LAPD, city agencies, area businesses and residents. Assigned CNAP attorneys are responsible for Narcotics and Vice Buildings Abatements and Abandoned Building Abatements.


  • Narcotics and Vice Building Abatements


CNAP attorneys work with LAPD, Building and Safety and Planning and Housing to abate problem residential and commercial properties with nuisance activity involving narcotics, alcohol, prostitution or other criminal activity.


  • Abandoned Building Abatements


The Abandoned Building Task Force (ABTF) addresses problems associated with vacant buildings. Vacant buildings are typically blighted with nuisance conditions such as trash, debris, overgrown vegetation and graffiti. They are frequently open to unauthorized entry by gang members and/or vagrants who very often engage in drug use, sales and other criminal activity. Left unattended, vacant buildings provide a starting poiint for decay and a decline in the quality of life in the neighborhood. ABTF addresses these types of properties with coordinated effort between city prosecutors, inspectors from the Department of Building and Safety, the Housing Department and Planning. ABTF’s objective is to rehabilitate nuisance properties and place them back into productive housing stock. In instances where properties cannot be rehabilitated, the Department of Building and Safety can seek to have them demolished.


Since the project’s inception, ABTF has overseen the rehabilitation and re-occupancy of nearly 1,700 nuisance structures, plus nearly 500 demolitions by owners and at least 120 demolitions by the city. This represents the return of nearly 2,500 previously vacant, blighted and nuisance-plagued properties to productive use. An additional 3,000 vacant properties have been successfully abated through joint efforts by the ABTF and Building and Safety's Contract Nuisance Abatement Unit.