Over the years we have received
many complaints about the management company and in particular our property manager
Tina. Complaints range from not answering the phones, not returning phone calls
in a timely manner, deleting emails unread, not walking the property at all, to
more serious ones like not getting enough bids for any given sizeable project. We
have voiced those complaints and more at monthly homeowner meetings in the past
and even in annual meeting couple of years ago. Many homeowners are just fed up
with this situation and want a different direction for our place. Many homeowners
complain that are property is more and more looking run down, the stairs, walkways
, not washed up regularly and the whole place has a look of not being managed properly
despite our many requests over the years. We feel at this point we need a change.
We are starting both
an online petition and a signature petition to ask the Board to sever ties with
our management company and get a new one. Lets not forget they raised our management
fees even though they did not respond positively to even one of our requests. We feel we need
another management company to listen to our requests, maintain our property and
get competitive and verifiable bids for all sizeable projects. Fortunately the process
of severing ties is very simple. It just needs a 30-day advance notice from either
If you agree with this petition
We checked with our attorney. The State
of Texas does not have any law similar to Florida, compelling
homeowners to sell collectively. All selling will be done by transferring title
by the individual owner's free will to a buyer.If somebody told you anything different,
be sure to ask where the law is stated in writing.
Another investor rollover
This happened recently
members of an association received a letter from a company that according to a State
law , if 80% of the owners favor a deal , a condo can be converted to apartments.
Also if 10% oppose to the deal , then the project cannot move forward. The residents
found out that a corporation has quietly bought 80% of the condos. Now they are
demanding the remaining owners sell the rest of the condos to them. Some would have
to sell at a huge loss. One can imagine that the corporation will not be at a loss
as to what to do if the 10% object.
Another one bid job?
Many of the homeowners
have seen the fascia and gutter repairs done on 2121 with the distinguished trucks
from the contractor. We did some research and found out the contractor is the same
one that did our roofing back in 2008 and possibly more. The cost for this job was
about $23,000. When we inquired about the number of bids, we were given 2 bids.
As posted here before, the rejected bidder only has a voicemail. The winning bidder
has a website with no link. We tried to verify the rejected bidder’s bid or even
existence. We called twice over the past two weeks and have yet to receive an answer.
Wouldn’t the rejected bidder be interested in somebody following up on their bid?
Wouldn’t the Board try to get more
bids or at least choose from a pool of bidders to make sure we get the best for
our hard-earned money? At this point we are not even sure there really was a second
bid. We have always believed the lack of competitive bidding , is what has raised
our maintenance fees in the past. If our fees are increased this year we believe
that to be the main reason.
November 8, 2013
2630 Fountainview Demolition
We posted earlier here about
the demolition of 2620 Fountainview. It has been 90% completed and the ground is
almost flat. Now 2630 Fountainview is being demolished and major work started yesterday.
You can see a picture below. World of business moves very fast.
Lately there has been some effort
by some homeowner(s) to manage the property better by getting on the Board. Apparently,
3 board seats will be up for election this year. They plan to run for the Board
and their main concern is not that the names of homeowners not being on the proxy
with a checkmark next to them , which is a done in pretty much every election at
any level held in the US. The fact that their bio would be missing is not important
to them.They also don’t care that our request to be able to monitor the elections
dues-paying homeowners pay for , has been denied.
If the Board members are running
again , they will be elected with utmost certainty. If anybody else is running and
gets elected, we don’t consider this election legitimate. After all, how could you
get elected legitimately and concerned homeowners would not be allowed to monitor
the election from start to end?
Even though there are homeowners
that run every year and get defeated, they are worried that there aren’t enough
They can be assured that we will
continue to work on changing that , and any election that is held without proper
election procedures which includes:
proper bio written by the candidate
a blank space next to their name
to put a checkmark
concerned homeowners be able to
monitor the election from start to finish.
proxies sent out at least 60 days
prior to the election.
Without the 4 functions above,
we consider the election a sham, people who try to ignore these legitimate concerns
as part of the sham and people who get elected without these concerns addressed
as illegitimate winners. How can you trust the election when you have to take the
word of people involved with these elections , as to the true number of proxies
received? We don’t.
November 2, 2013
As many of you recall, on numerous
occasions we had complained to the Board about lack of competitive biddings on past
projects. We had voiced our concerns that, lack of competitive bidding could have
resulted in higher maintenance fees.
Most of us have seen
the construction done on fascia and gutters on 2121. We decided to inquire about
the number of bids. We were told there were 2. When we went to pickup copies of
the 2, we were given only 1. When we reminded the property manager about the other
one, it took about 20 minutes wasted time to get it. The company that got it, had
the contract signed by both parties on
10/2/2013. The other company had submitted its proposal on
, about a year earlier. We wanted to check these 2 companies as far as what is publicly
available. The company that got the job, has as a website an image of a business
card and no links. The company that didn’t get the job has no website (we couldn’t
find any). We called that company and only got a voicemail. We left 2 messages at
two different occasions for them and even stated the purpose of the call which was
to verify their bid. We are still waiting for an answer. So that could mean that
the Board only considered 2 companies and out of the 2, they picked the one that
has a website with no links over the one that has no website. We used the word “could”,
because until the second company calls us back, we have no reason they were even
consulted, since its almost a year difference.
This raises some questions:
In the age of internet and information,
why does a company has no links on their website to tell everybody about themselves,
include testimonials and advertise about themselves?
In the age of internet and information,
why doesn’t the second company has as much as a website to advertise their services
to the entire city and even more? The cost of registering , designing and hosting
a website shouldn’t cost more than a $70-80. Even startup businesses have to have
Why did the Board even ask for
a bid from such a company?
Why did the Board accept a bid
from the company that did the job and did not tell about themselves and include satisfied customers?
Lack of competitive bidding for
whatever reason , is in our opinion , the main reason our maintenance fees keep
We are still waiting for a response
from the company that didn’t get the job. We have many questions from them, such
as how did the Board know about them and more.
A day later
This is how 2620 Fountainview
looks today. As we said before , world of business can move lightning fast.
Demolition of 2620 and 2630 started
As previously posted here, the
demolition of these two buildings just south of Burgoyne on Fountainview and about
600-700 feet from us, started a few days ago. The buildings are now cordoned off
and off limits to outsiders. All the business tenants have moved out and the buildings
will be coming down soon. All the trees have been cut off and the bulldozers will
start shortly. It looks like Fountainview will be filled with construction material
and workers in the coming months. These new upscale luxury apartment buildings together
with the new HEB walking distance , just north of us will appreciate our properties
Demolition of 2620 and 2630 to start soon
As we posted earlier here,
the buildings just south of Burgoyne will be demolished to pave way for new luxury
apartment buildings. As you can see from the pictures, the dozer is already in place
and demolition should start shortly after October 14.
Together, with the development just north
of us , for new HEB, we will be the only multi-owner entity left in the area. We
will all be sandwiched along with the other apartment buildings across and south
of us, between two brand new and expensive developments. This will further raise
the price for our real estate. It will also make us steps closer to an inevitable
buy-out by an investor.
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