Problem Properties

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The City of Medford is working hard to address problem properties through a collaboration of several departments. It is our goal to make sure that all city properties and residential areas are safe and up to code. Between the city programs working on this issue, 96 properties have been identified and addressed in one way or another.

If you would like to report a property for a city code violation, please click this link, or contact code enforcement at 541-774-2016.

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The City of Medford recognizes that blighted homes harm the atmosphere and property values of the surrounding neighborhoods as well as attracts crime. Along with this, they generate calls for service as squatters break in and safety risks arise. On December 1, 2016, the Medford City Council adopted provisions into the Medford Municipal Code that enacted procedures authorized by the Oregon Housing Receivership Act. These procedures allowed for the identification and receivership of blighted properties, in order to restore them to a livable quality and reinsert them into the market.


The International Property Maintenance Code establishes the minimum requirements for the maintenance of existing buildings through model code regulations that contain clear and specific property maintenance and property improvement provisions.

A public version of the International Property Maintenance Code can be accessed at this link.


The City of Medford is working to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community by identifying chronic nuisance properties. When a property has been identified as a chronic nuisance property, the City has the power to deal with violations by imposing a fine on the owner of the property, requiring the owner to get rid of the nuisance, or getting rid of the nuisance if the owner fails to do so.

To review the Chronic Nuisance Ordinance, please visit section 7.960 of the city's Municipal Code


The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) is part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA).  Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is allocated funding to administer the NSP according to guidelines outlined by HERA.
In January of 2018, OHCS made a selective announcement of newly available NSP1 program income funds to qualified jurisdictions and nonprofit agencies. The City of Medford was the first to move on this first-come, first-serve opportunity.
By working with community partners, the city is now in a position to purchase and rehabilitate multiple foreclosed properties in order to create more affordable housing options for residents in Medford.


The City of Medford was granted entitlement status under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1989.  Since then, HUD has granted the City an average annual entitlement of approximately $600,000.  CDBG funding is used to benefit low- and moderate-income persons, eliminate conditions of slum and blight, or meet an urgent need (as defined by HUD) within the City of Medford.

For more information,  click here.


image of word collage for collaboration The City of Medford works with many community partners in order to tackle the issue of problem properties. Some of these partnerships are with nonprofit developers that also offer support services, while others are private developers, nonprofits, or faith-based organization.

The following is a list of community partners that are currently working with the City of Medford to address problem properties:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Housing Authority of Jackson County
  • PeopleFirst Properties
  • Hayden Homes
  • First Story
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Youth for Christ
  • First Presbyterian Church