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article imageStrangers move into man's house, change locks, and won't leave

By Megan Hamilton     Aug 26, 2014 in Odd News
Portland - Moving into a new house is never a stress-free experience, but it's even more stressful when complete strangers move in and decide to break-in the new house for you and change the locks in the process.
That's what happened to Ron Nylund, of Washington, who had recently closed on a home in Northeast Portland. He found out about the unwanted houseguests when a contractor he'd sent to do some work at the house called him to let him know it was occupied, KPTV reports.
So Nylund contacted the police, but they told him they couldn't do anything about the people in the home, so his next step is to call his attorney to get his home back, according to Yahoo! Finance.
Nyland's realtor, Kim Spiess, found out that the couple has even managed to start utility services at the home under their names. The home's previous owner doesn't know who the current occupants of the home are, or even how they got there, Gawker reports.
"It's kind of like buying a car and you walk out to get in it and somebody's sitting in there," Nylund told KPTV. Nylund assumes the couple living in his house are squatters.
Neighbors, who asked not to be identified, said they noticed the couple had moved into the home recently after it had been vacant for several months, per KPTV.
Nylund said he's tried to communicate with the occupants, and has even offered them money to move out but has not had any luck.
"These people are pretty sharp," Nylund said, per Gawker. "They turned the power on 30 days prior to moving into it, and they paid the power bill while the home was vacant."
Police verified that an officer responded to a call about squatters`at the residence, but couldn't provide information regarding the outcome of the response, per KPTV. The occupants did however, answer a knock on the door last Thursday, but refused to comment on the situation.
Nylund will have to go to court and file a forcible entry and detainer action to remove the occupants, John Henry Hingson, a Portland-area attorney told KPTV.
Nylund said he plans to contact his own attorney to try and reclaim his property.
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