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Bank-owned home in NE Portland becomes 'squatter central'

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The abandoned home on 115th Street in northeast Portland. (KPTV) The abandoned home on 115th Street in northeast Portland. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

An abandoned home on 115th Street in northeast Portland has apparently become the epicenter of problems for the neighborhood.

The house, that has been vacant since May of 2015, has drawn squatters from all around the area for the past year. 

"It's a continuous problem," Tim Hart, a neighbor said. "No one's doing anything about and we're sick and tired of it."

According to neighbors, piled up garbage and dirty needles are often found in the front yard and even in the streets. They believe drug activity is an issue at the house, and they don't want their children around it.

"Kids used to come outside and play basketball all the time, now they don't even come out," one neighbor said. "Most of the people around here are homeowners and they pay to live here, these guys are ruthless, they just come in and do whatever they want."

Records show the home is owned by Wells Fargo. They issued a statement that read:

"We completed a foreclosure on that property in May 2015. Wells Fargo is actively pursuing eviction because the property is currently occupied by a tenant or some other party. Until the eviction is complete, Wells Fargo is severely limited in our ability to secure and maintain the property."

Neighbors told Fox 12 they will continue to contact the bank until the squatters are moved out for good.

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