Yen won't leave factory ‘home'

A MAN who has lived in an old butter factory for decades is refusing to move out of the property and take his “junk” with him.

For months the property's owner Glyn Lovekin has asked the man he calls a squatter to leave the factory which he has since put up for sale.

But despite numerous calls by the owner to leave, the elderly man only know as Yen, has refused to leave.

Mr Lovekin, who lives at Deception Bay, has since asked his real estate agent, who is handling the sale of the property to try and remove the man from his property.

Gatton Ray White Rural principal Andrew O'Brien said he has been in negotiations with the man who was originally given an eviction date of June 30, which he then pushed back to Wednesday.

“He didn't leave and has now asked for a further two-week extension to his original vacating date,” Mr O'Brien said.

“He has moved some of his stuff but not much.”

Mr O'Brien said the man, who he believes is in his 70s, now has until 5pm on Friday, July 23 to move out of the factory with all of his belongings.

“If he doesn't move out then we will have to look at getting the police involved,” he said.

The Queensland Times tried contacting Yen yesterday but he was unavailable for comment.

He previously told the QT that he took offence to being called a squatter because he said he had “paid his way” during his at-least 20-year stay at the factory.

“I've paid all the rates and water bills and other costs associated with the property for several years,” Yen said.

“I'm not a squatter and never have been a squatter.”

Mr Lovekin said Yen was first given his marching orders a year ago and clearly told “to take his clutter with him”.

Story courtesy of Melanie Maeseele, QT


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