Squatters remain at home despite eviction notice

People served eviction notice at SE Portland home say they're not squatters

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Squatters remained at a Portland home in the foreclosure process even after being given an eviction notice on Monday.

Terry Brooks told KOIN 6 News last month that he inherited the home on SE Franklin after his brother, Kenneth Brooks, passed away more than two years ago.

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.

“You lose somebody you love all your life and then people prey on situation,” said Brooks. “I got the paperwork, the eviction notice. Why are they still there?”

A woman who lives in the home, identifying herself only as Julie, said she is not a squatter. Julie claimed she and her roommates at the house had a rental agreement with Brooks’ late brother before he passed away.

“We all pay the bills. We pay electricity. We pay internet,” said Julie.

The sheriff’s office said a 72 hour eviction noticed was served at the home on Monday with a court date set for next week.

Julie said everyone in the home is moving out by then.

“We have tomato plants here. Who does that if they’re squatting?” she said.

Brooks said he wants to see proof that the people living inside his late brother’s home aren’t squatters.

“Show me the deed to the house – show me something,” he said.

As of now, the home is still in Brooks’ name. However, Brooks said he wants the company that now owns it to take responsibility, so he doesn’t have to worry about these types of situations any longer.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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