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Tigard cracking down on nuisance home

TIGARD, Ore. (KOIN) -- The City of Tigard is cracking down on a home that's been called a nuisance by neighbors for more than a decade.

Neighbors say multiple people live at the house in the 7000 block of Gentle Woods Drive, and over the past 15 years, they've seen people come and out at all hours of the day and night, fights in the street and even a dog attack on May 22.

"Over the years it has drawn quite a bit of resources from our department," Jim Wolf with Tigard police said. 

One woman told KOIN 6 News a dog belonging to a man in the home ran out and attacked her dog.

The police department said the homeowner was just notified of two violations under the city's chronic nuisance property ordinance. 

"We now have those two violations within the 120 days, which has triggered this necessity for this abatement plan," Wolf said. 

The city isn't telling KOIN 6 News what the violations were in case legal action is taken against the homeowner.

A spokesperson for the department said the homeowner just submitted a plan with the city to get in compliance with city rules under what's called an abatement plan.

"If it is acceptable then we will embark work with the property owner to do whatever steps or whatever is necessary to remove this property as a chronic nuisance property," Wolf said. 

According to neighbors, the people on the property started cleaning out their garage and putting stuff in a dumpster after a visit from code enforcement.

Neighbors told KOIN one of the most frustrating aspects of this house is that a program run by the state helped the homeowner stay in her home. 

Kenny LaPoint with Oregon Housing and Community Services said because it's federally funded, they must follow fair housing rules. 

He said any practices that would have disparate impacts on communities of color could wind up in the court system. 

That's why they don't do criminal background checks and stick to a specific set of criteria that wouldn't red-flag a nuisance house.

The homeowner, Jean Lake, who does not live there, did not respond to a call for comment.


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