Squatters' house in SE Portland cleaned up

Squatters' house in SE Portland cleaned up

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by KGW Staff

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Posted on April 3, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 3 at 9:15 AM

PORTLAND – After neighbors complained for months, even at times calling police, a squatters' home that's been a major eyesore in Southeast Portland is finally getting cleaned up.

The home on Southeast 87th Avenue and Powell Boulevard was covered in piles and piles of trash.

“Then they built the fence and now there have been people going back there, hauling trash back there. There’s been suspected drug activity—people camping, screaming and yelling, fighting. We’ve had our car broken into,” neighbor Sarah Swayze said.

Swayze and other neighbors said the problems remained until KGW did a story about their concerns, which prompted the management company to take action.

The owners of the vacant home also tore down an old structure that was on the property.  They said they plan to build a new home in its place.

Background: Neighbors angry about Southeast Portland squatter haven

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