Vacant home in Kendall Whittier area of Tulsa attracting squatters; neighbors concerned
3:33 PM, May 19, 2016
8:58 AM, May 20, 2016
TULSA - Debris. Overgrown weeds. Camper in the backyard. Campfires in the yard.
That is how a homeowner in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood has described the vacant house next door.
"There's people defecating in buckets and urinating here and there on the property. There's a constant fire burning every night," says Jeremy Rempe.
He says people are living in the home located near 1st St. and Zunis Ave. without permission, and he's concerned about his tenants' safety as well as the other houses in the neighborhood being so close to the campfires.
The City of Tulsa has said the vacant home has several nuisance violations and that it's up to the homeowner to correct those issues.
According to city officials, the homeowner has been advised to begin the eviction process to avoid being cited for the code violations.
The Tulsa Health Department also inspected the property in March. A spokesperson said a notice of violation was sent to the owner, but the department was still unable to fully verify occupancy, and the complaint was referred to the City of Tulsa.
2 Works for You Problem Solvers will keep checking with Rempe and the City and report any new information.