Police called Beaverton ‘zombie condo’ squatters 175 times
Neighbors say condo is in probate and bank hasn’t seized
BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) – For almost 5 years, Alex Dvir lived in a condo complex in a quaint area in southwest Beaverton, near a middle school and a few parks. But in the past 2 years he and his co-owners have had to call the authorities on the squatters 175 times.
Dvir said when the man who owned the condo passed away, others started to feel at home. He said everything was in the hands of the bank because the condo is in probate and the bank has not decided to seize.
“It’s not a comfortable place to live. We just have unknown traffic all hours of the night, ”Dvir told KOIN 6 News. “There is known drug activity and sometimes there was prostitution on the unit. “
The previous owner had a partner, but Dvir said she had been gone for over a year, possibly longer.
Three or four people live in the condo at a time, he said, and they’re usually never the same for long.
“It’s hard to say, I mean there are 3 or 4 constants that are usually in there, but every day there are 3 or 4 that come and go,” he said. . “There are people who come at all hours of the night. There have been several people arrested for warrants. There was a search warrant recently served on the unit which involved the SWAT team. “
Sgt. Danny DiPietro, of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, told KOIN 6 News that the condo is a hot spot for drugs and theft.
“We made warrant arrests there. We made arrests such as stolen goods, ”said DiPietro. “There are all kinds of arrests being made there, but the people who live there are constantly changing.
KOIN 6 News knocked on the door to ask questions of the people inside, but no one answered.
Dvir and his neighbors are also concerned about the garbage piles in the backyard of the condo.
“They have tires in there if one of them catches fire that would go up in a second, obviously,” he said. “You can see it’s an adjacent unit, so if it catches fire, it’s very easy for the other to catch fire.”
Over the summer, a pile of debris near the condo caught fire, he said. The neighbors grabbed a garden hose and turned it off.
The condominium management group does not have the power to evict squatters, he said. Washington County either. At this point, it’s up to the bank to decide.
KOIN 6 News has reached out to bank officials for comment and has yet to receive a response.