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City Prepares for Landlord Fight

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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.

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  1. Faye Giacolini says:

    My family and I rented from the same person, but a different company name. We were evicted in July of this year because the landlord refused to fix black mold issues, heating problems, and a leaking and falling in roof!! I need to mention that I have a 12 year old disabled son who has sever respitory issues. We notified the property company, Oregon Pacific Land Co llc. numerous times and after the 3rd complaint, we were told that we were the cause of the mold issues, and that they would not be fixing anything anymore!! Then, in May, we recieved our 60 day termination of contract from Mr. Curtin and Oregon Pacific Land Co . I want this whole county to know what a scumbag landlord this man is ! I would be more than willing to go to court against him just to have my say for my child!!!!!!!!! Faye G. Medford

  2. Theresa says:

    Why don’t the tenants take him to court? there has to be a lawyer in the medford area that will take this case… all the tenants in all the houses get together, or maybe legal aide… this is ridiculous.

  3. Ed says:

    Then I would stop paying rent untill the problems were fixed. Then sue the landlord in small claims court if they protest ( problem solved)

  4. Anne says:

    The violations and the sub standard living conditions for a Medford home are deplorable. The family is living in a slum thanks to a greedy, low life landlord. But this has been going on for months and will continue well past January, according to the news coverage. Where is the community support for this family? Bypass the landlord, forget the city fines, code, etc. Get the house up to par so this family stays warm and healthy. Folks donate all the time for Habitat for Humanity. This story is ridiculous. Where is the local love for the good of the young kids and parents?

  5. Rick says:

    I just found a house on craigslist for $500.00 a month. After calling to ask about it. I found out that the house is rented as-is. It has plumbing problems, And it need’s cleaned. I also found out that it was up to the person renting the place to fix the problem’s with the house. The landlord will not, Yet there going to charge $500.00 a month and $750.00 deposit.

  6. Dsperin says:

    I spent a year at one of his homes, and after months of ignoring me, I contacted the city. Same thing he’s doing now, he did then: ignore the orders until they threaten to condemn.

    See my review here:

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/real-property-group-dba-pacific-america-medford

    Once I posted this, he had a lawyer threaten to sue me if I didn’t remove it. As you can see, I left it up.

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