HUD working to evict problem squatters in Southeast Portland

HUD working to evict problem squatters in Southeast Portland »Play Video
This woman tells KATU that she is planning to move out of a Southeast Portland home next week that she has been squatting in.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- It's been a grueling seven months for Darrel Adams.

"Last night I was up at 2 a.m., 3 a.m. I heard them at 4 o'clock this morning. They were going out to sell drugs as far as I can tell. What else would they be doing at night?" Adams said.

His life has turned into a self-described nightmare ever since he got some new neighbors.

Adams says a man and a woman welcomed themselves into the Southeast Portland neighborhood after Ruby, the elderly woman who owned the home, passed away.

One of the new neighbors wouldn't stop long enough to answer our questions but did say she's planning on moving out next week.

But Adams says he's heard that before.

"She's already said that about 15 times. I don't believe a word they say," Adams said.

So Adams has called the city, the police, and the sheriff's office, but they all say it's up to the owners to issue an eviction notice.

Turns out the Department of Housing and Urban Development owns the property. We called them about the problem, and they said they had no idea there were squatters inside.

They said the house is still going through foreclosure and will work on evicting the squatters.

Adams hopes they take care of the problem, knowing Ruby would be ashamed of what's come of the home she once took such great care of.

"She wouldn't believe this unless she saw it herself. She would never leave anything like this," Adams said.