EUGENE, Ore. -- An Air Force Major and his family picketed outside Keller William’s realty office in Eugene Thursday claiming the company sold them a former methamphetamine lab that’s too dangerous to live in.
Travis Tubbs, his wife Denay, and their seven children whose ages range from 3 to 13 held signs and wore T-shirts that said they were homeless because of the company.
“To help other people understand the situation so they're not stuck in the same situation themselves so they don't end up buying a house that is illegal or unfit for them to live in,” said Travis.
The Air Force Major and Oregon State student says they bought the home in Jefferson last July through the company. Days after the sale went through, Travis said they discovered all of the buildings on the property were contaminated with meth.
He said they got a home inspection but didn’t test for drug residue. Travis said the realtor who sold them the house was the previous owner and he was negligent.
On top of the drug residue, the family says the previous occupants were getting their electricity illegally. Denay said they have spent thousands of dollars getting the property back up to code but said their home is still not safe for their kids.
“We try to put on a good face for them because they're everything to us, and we bought this place as a place where they could play and have lots of room for them,” Denay said.
The family said they have been staying in a trailer and tents on the property and have been in mitigation with Keller Williams Realty but negotiations have failed. The family is now waiting for a judge to weigh in, which they hope could happen in six months. Travis said they hope to get $900,000 to cover the costs of the cleanup, restoration and legal fees.
“There are so many different loopholes. They can drag it out as long as they can. Personally, that's what I think is happening,” Travis said.
KEZI 9 News reached out to Keller Williams Realty at their local offices and their corporate headquarters but has not heard back. The Tubbs family has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover the cleanup costs and share their story. To donate and learn more, click here.