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Neighbors fed up with 'nuisance home' in SE Portland

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Neighbors of a southeast Portland home tell FOX 12 they're fed up and want the city to do more to clean it up.

The home, which some neighbors have called a nuisance, sits near Southeast Flavel Street and Southeast 75th Place. The city and police have been called several times about the piles of junk on the property, neighbors said. But neighbors said they have seen little action.

Several campers are parked on the lawn. Car parts and piles of junk are also seen on the property. Sometimes it spills out onto the road, neighbors said.

Neighbors have reached their breaking point.

"They do whatever they want, and they don't ask. They have no respect. They don't care. And I'm done," said one woman.

Junk started appearing on the property more than a year ago and has progressively gotten worse even though the city came out in April and removed 23 cubic yards of material, neighbors said. 

On top of the property's appearance, neighbors told FOX 12 they've witnessed drug use around the property and received threats after calling police.

"I would actually like to see the property condemned," said neighbor Dennis Lundberg. "I would like to see the city actually come in and do what they say they need to do."

People who, according to neighbors, live at the home and at least one man who lives nearby were not happy to see FOX 12 when stopped by the home to ask for comment about the situation. 

"I'm cleaning up my [expletive] property," one man said. "But my property is from that green car over to my motor home."

A spokesman for the City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services told FOX 12 the city has several cases pending against the property owner.

"This particular case ... Yes, it's pretty bad," said Mike Liefeld, section manager for Neighborhood Inspections and Compliance Services Section.

Liefeld said the home lacks utilities, doesn't have garbage service, and proper permits weren't obtained to turn the garage into a living space.

The city is preparing to pursue a search warrant, Liefeld said. If one is obtained, crews will likely go back to the property to remove items that violate city code, he said. The city may also seek an order to remove people from the home and board it up, but many legal requirements must be met before any action can be taken, he added.

"We're on it. We're doing the best we can, but yes ... it is a slower process than people envision or think it should be," Liefeld said.

A spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau said they're also aware of the home and have several reports dating back months. He couldn't go into detail about the reports because the investigations are still active, he said.

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