Trash pile in SE Portland yard growing, neighbors say

Owner of rental property responsible for clean up

The yard of this rental home in Southeast Portland has become a dumping ground, according to neighbors living nearby, Sept. 8, 2014. (KOIN 6)
The yard of this rental home in Southeast Portland has become a dumping ground, according to neighbors living nearby, Sept. 8, 2014. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The yard of a rental home in Southeast Portland has become a dumping ground, according to neighbors living nearby.

Margaret McKnight couldn’t believe the mountain of household items and even personal records scattered in a trash pile outside a home at 136th and Harold in Southeast Portland.

“About a week ago, I walked out and thought, ‘where did that come from?'” said McKnight.

Neighbor Chuck Hutchcraft said a church sponsored family of immigrants was living in the rental but suddenly moved out when the pile began. Now, he’s concerned the pile’s getting worse.

“It’s the first thing I see every day, and it’s not nice to look at,” said Hutchcraft. “It just kind of showed up one week ago, and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger.”

Both McKnight and Hutchcraft filed online complaint through the city’s Bureau of Development Services’ website.

“I’d like to see the owner of the property step up and get it cleaned up because I think they’re ultimately responsible,” said McKnight.

The person listed as the owner of the rental property did not return attempts for a comment.

However, the head of the city’s Property Nuisance Division said they are aware of the problem, and the owner is responsible for cleaning up the property.

Inspectors are now in the process of reaching the owner who will have 15 days to remove the growing pile of trash.

In the meantime, neighbors decided to help out.

“Nobody’s done anything, so we decided to get a hold of channel six,” said Hutchcraft.

Anyone with a property nuisance case can file a complaint on the city’s Bureau of Development Services’ website.

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