Neighbors say squatters are turning Pasco County home into a mini landfill

Posted at 4:56 PM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 17:51:05-04

Residents in a Pasco County neighborhood are in over their heads trying to figure out a how a house became a "mini" landfill, as they call it. 

People in the Beacon Woods subdivision, a deed restricted community, can’t stand staring at the piles of trash.

Pam Roseman lives nearby and worries about the health hazard caused by the rats and the foul smell that come from the home. 

“It’s a mess, it’s a catastrophe,” she said. 

Roseman tells ABC Action News she has stared at the eyesore for nearly a year. She says she is one of more than dozen asking the county for help for the home off Quail Run Row. 

Alice Worrell also lives nearby and tells ABC Action News squatters are constantly coming in and out of the home. 

It turns out the property owner listed on the Pasco County Appraiser website has been deceased for five years.

However, taxes were paid for three of those years, possibly by someone who knew the homeowner when she was alive. 

In the last two years, the taxes have not been paid. 

At this point, it’s unclear who owns the house, but as of now, it is not the county. 

A spokesperson for Pasco County tells ABC Action News they sent someone from health services this week to try and help the elderly woman who claims the home is hers. 

They are trying to secure a debris removal company to help the woman get the property up to code. 

A woman who lives nearby, who didn’t want to be identified, said the woman living there was a friend of the who woman who died and then moved in after. However, the appraiser’s office has never had someone else put the deed in their name. 

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office was recently called to the home where they arrested a man for possession of meth. 

The division of family and children services has also responded here in the past, but could not give any other details. 

As of now, code enforcement has an open court case with the woman living inside next month.