MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police say a local landlord is forcing tenants to go without heat, among many other things, and there’s nothing they can do to help.
The home in question has been issued eight citations for everything from electrical wiring, to plumbing and sanitation, and lack of heat, but the landlord has simply ignored the violations.
Medford Code Enforcement says the Central Point company, Real Property Group, and its owner, Kevin Curtin, have been receiving citations for a number of homes owned around the city, but this house is the worst.
The laundry list of problems includes wobbly and leaky faucets, exposed wiring and electrical outlets, a broken furnace and air conditioning, and even a crumbling retaining wall in the back. Medford Police says legally, the issue is black and white.
“It’s pretty straightforward. I mean you have to provide basic requirements for a residence for someone to live in that house,” said Medford Police Sgt. Brent Mak.
Code Enforcement says normally citations are resolved within 30 days. These citations were given in May. Now, Medford Police and Code Enforcement have legal authority to visit the home on a weekly basis and give more citations to the landlord, but they can’t do anything else until it reaches municipal court.
Once that happens, the landlord can be fined, and if those fines get high enough, a lien can be placed on the property; however, that process takes a long time, forcing this family and perhaps others to endure a long and cold winter.