Home in foreclosure process overtaken by squatters

Neighbors say squatters have taken over SE Portland home

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — From the outside, a home along SE Franklin Street looks normal, but neighbors said on the inside, squatters have taken over the place.

Terry Brooks said he inherited the home after his brother, Kenneth Brooks, passed away more than two years ago.

Terry Brooks inherited the home on SE Franklin Street after his brother, Kenneth Brooks (pictured here), passed away more than two years ago. (Photo courtesy of Terry Brooks)
Terry Brooks inherited the home on SE Franklin Street after his brother, Kenneth Brooks (pictured here), passed away more than two years ago. (Photo courtesy of Terry Brooks)

Brooks said he tried to sell the property, but lawyer and creditor fees made it not worth it, so he let it go into foreclosure and thought the whole situation was done and over.

That was until neighbors began calling him to complain about “suspicious activities” taking place at the home.

“I’m getting phone calls from the neighbor who lives behind my brother’s house. She was a good neighbor, and she questions me asking, ‘are you renting the home out?’” said Brooks.

KOIN 6 camera crews witnessed one man walk up to the door of the property on Thursday. The man said he came to the home to purchase a computer that was listed on Craigslist.

“People come and go, and they have a U-Haul truck that comes and fills the garage with stuff at night. So, you can’t see what they are doing and then after a week they take everything away,” said Alex, a neighbor.

Brooks said what frustrates him the most is that the home is still in his name. He said he wants the company who owns it to be held accountable for this property.

“If somebody works for the bank in question, tell your people to step up, take charge and quit being so slow on foreclosure,” said Brooks.

The home loan was originally through Bank of America, but they gave all responsibilities to a company called Green Tree Services.

A call to Green Tree Services was not immediately returned.

KOIN 6 also spoke with a man who lives inside the home but refused to give his name. He said he had no idea he was doing anything wrong.

The man claimed he had gone through a relator and was paying rent for the first three months when “the owner” told him to stop paying.

In the meantime, Brooks said he has filed a trespassing agreement with police, and once he fills out all the paperwork, the people living inside will be evicted.

However, Brooks said the trespassing agreement doesn’t guarantee that more people wouldn’t return to the property.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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