Squatter given 1 final week to leave Portland home

Terry Brooks inherited home on SE Franklin after his brother's death two years ago

Squatters living inside this Southeast Portland home that is going through the foreclosure process were given one more week to vacate, July 14, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Squatters living inside this Southeast Portland home that is going through the foreclosure process were given one more week to vacate, July 14, 2014. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — After this week, a squatter living inside a Southeast Portland home in foreclosure will be forced out.

Terry Brooks told KOIN 6 News last month that he inherited the home on Southeast 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.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office served a 72 hour eviction notice at the home last week, but the squatter has remained.

Brooks took the issue to civil court on Monday, giving the man occupying his late brother’s home a little more time to move out.

Both parties signed off on an agreement, and Brooks said he’s hoping this step will finally force the man out.

“I asked him, ‘who are you paying rent to?’ ‘Well, we are paying rent to Kenneth Brooks.’ My brother’s been gone for two and a half years. If you are paying Kenneth Brooks, where is it going?” said Brooks.

Portland Police Bureau Sgt. Pete Simpson said Brooks should keep working with the courts even if the squatter doesn’t follow through with the agreement.

“Well, it sounds like he has a good process going – work with the courts. Just continue with that process and make sure they follow what they agreed to do, and if they don’t, go back to court and make sure the court enforces whatever agreements are in place,” said Simpson.

The man living inside the Southeast Franklin home declined to comment on the situation.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said if the man does not move out by next Monday, he will be physically removed from the home.

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