Squatters Got You Vexed?

Trash HouseYou’re not the only one.  And, no, it isn’t just our neighborhood that’s plagued by the issue.

On the flip side, what’s an empty house good for?

The Oregonian’s Anna Griffin wrote a piece about the dilemma vacant properties pose for neighbors, police, and those squatting in them.  Not squatting.  But squatting.

Check it out here: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/07/post_474.html#incart_m-rpt-1

IMG_0846Coincidentally, there’s a video of police following up on complaints of a nuisance vacant home in our neighborhood. Rest assured, though, this is not just a Foster-area problem.

What are your experiences with this issue?  Are they a nuisance?  Better than who lived there before?  They bring the riff raff and all their scrap-metal-collecting-bike-stealing ways?  Housing in this city is increasingly unaffordable—why not let someone live in them?

Let us know your thoughts and how you’ve dealt with the issue.

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One Response to Squatters Got You Vexed?

  1. MattSE60th says:

    Over the past few years, my little corner of the neighborhood has had to deal with squatters living in the vacant house at 5904 SE Gladstone. While I guess I wouldn’t mind someone in need using an empty house if they could be good neighbors, these folks were definitely not. More like the riff-raff-bringing, scrap-metal-collecting, trash-piling-in-the-front-yard sort you mentioned. Add to that the drunken domestic violence – complete with a chain-link-fence-ramming minivan – and you’ve got yourself some real nuisance neighbors, a neighborhood safety issue, and an eyesore that brings down the whole block.

    Luckily, after many calls to the police, I think those folks were forced to move on. The house is so much better as a boarded up but relatively tidy property.

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