A man living in Portland, Oregon recently bought a home, but was horrified to learn that a family moved in shortly after and changed the locks, KPTV reports.
Rod Nylund, the homeowner, discovered the situation several weeks ago when his contractor – who had stopped by the home – discovered strangers living in the house. Although Nylund notified the police, he was informed that the awkward scenario was out of his hands.
The realtor claims that, apparently, the couple had set up utility services for the home in their names.
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Despite Nylund’s numerous attempts to reason with the uninvited occupants – even offering them fiscal compensation, they refuse to vacate the premises.
“These people are pretty sharp,” Nylund said. “They turned the power on 30 days prior to moving into it, and they paid the power bill while the home was vacant.”
Nylund’s realtor, Kim Spiess, said the home’s previous owner has no idea who is currently living in the home, or how they got there.
Neighbors, who asked not to be identified, said they noticed the couple had recently moved into the home, which is near NE 170th and Glisan, after it had been standing vacant for several months.
According to John Henry Hingson, a Portland-area attorney, Nylund will have to go to court to remove the home’s current occupants by filing a forcible entry and detainer action.
Nylund said he will be contacting his own attorney to try to claim his property.
“It’s kind of like buying a car,” said the frustrated homeowner, “and you walk out to get in it and somebody’s sitting in there.”