Partner's affidavit says Bastasches preyed on unsavvy homeowners in and around Portland.

PORTLANDS TRIBUNE: JONATHAN HOUSE - This Southwest Portland house is one of several cited in a lawsuit charging predatory and deceptive real estate practices.A new lawsuit accuses a Portland area house-flipping business of engaging in predatory and deceptive practices to take advantage of homeowners and tenants.

The suit is unusual in the level of detail it provides as well as in the source of the allegations of trickery — a sworn affidavit from one of the business partners that is named in the complaint, Jeffrey Divers.

Divers, in the affidavit, says his partners used deception, the threat of legal action and "psychological coercion" to gain possession of homes in Troutdale, Portland and elsewhere.

The lawsuit is just one of several surrounding the Bastasch family, which used to own a number of prominent properties and businesses in the Portland area, including the Sweetheart Bakery on Southeast Stark Street in the Buckman neighborhood.

Real estate investor John Andrew Bastasch, one of five siblings, died in late 2013, triggering a dispute over his management of a family trust. His two daughters, Camille Whitson and Teresa Bastasch, are targeted in the new lawsuit, which was filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court and also names their business, Dahlia Properties LLC.

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