Squatters trash Portland home just before sale

Squatters trash Portland home just before sale

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Posted on July 14, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 14 at 7:52 PM

PORTLAND -- Imagine buying a dream home, only to find it was trashed before you had a chance to move in.

The new potential owners of a Southeast Portland home were on their final walk-through when they discovered that squatters had not just moved in, but had also vandalized the place.

They spray-painted walls, cabinets and doors and left behind dirty diapers, trash and used syringes.

Photos: Squatters trash Portland home

The home had been vacant for only a week when the vandals busted through the back door and moved in. The seller will have to pay for the damages.

“It doesn't make any sense,” said Alexander Phan. “I think, you know, if they're going to break into a property for shelter, it's one thing. There's no need at all to do this type of intentional damage.”

He said it was the seventh time this year he’s dealt with squatters in a home he’s sold. The buyer still plans to move into the house, as long it can be cleaned up quickly.

Police also found personal documents, like bank statements, birth certificates and other suspected stolen items.

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