Not all vacant buildings are of concern. For example, a soldier who has gone off to war, leaving his unoccupied house under the watchful care of neighbors, is not of concern. A rental house that is temporarily vacant before a new tenant moves in is not an issue. Usually landlords, family members, or friendly neighbors watch over these buildings to preserve and protect them for their owners. These are not the types of vacant buildings that contribute to urban blight. However, obviously vacant buildings that are open to entry by trespassers are the kind of buildings the City’s ordinance was designed to address.
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Vacant buildings that are open and accessible pose a danger to the community and particularly the immediate neighborhood.
If you observe people trespassing at a vacant building, call the non-emergency police dispatch number, 503-629-0111.
Financial institutions are required by Oregon law to report foreclosed properties. To comply with the law, simply fill out the Report of Foreclosed Residential Real Property.