Teh Squeaky Wheel
FWIW, we’ve tried some products from Amazon’s newish Aplenty food line and have found them pretty good. We’ve particularly enjoyed their Mandarin Orange Chicken (which we like better than Trader Joe’s) and their General Tso’s Chicken.
BK update: Yesterday was a reasonably good day; she’s asleep right now.
HH-A update: Jim and foreman re-investigated (at property manger’s request) a leak he looked at a couple of weeks ago. At that time, we told them the leak was coming from the chimney cap and/or improperly installed wood chimney fascia, which were not included in our scope of work.
Since HH-A has been in multiple breaches of contract for more than a year, JimCo had no legal duty to inspect this leak much less correct it, but we did have a look and advised them of what they needed to do at no charge to them.
After that, the HOA had some assclown go over there, take photos of some old interior stains which predate our work and he stated he didn’t know where the leak was coming from. (Since said assclown didn’t include any pictures of the roof, we presume he didn’t actually get up there.)
So, we were asked to go there again. Turns out the source of the leak is from the chimney cap, which has some holes from missing fasteners. Normally, we’d have installed new fasteners and caulked them at no charge, which would stop the issue for at least a few years.
Jim even used a moisture meter on the stains, which -- unsurprisingly -- were bone dry.
Given the overall situation, we are simply going to bill them for a service call (inclding a few hundred bucks for the detailed report I have to write) and advise them again of what needs to be done. (Along with reminding them they already got that advice for free, but since they’ve insisted on a second inspection, now they must pay.)
They, of course, will probably not pay the invoice, so we’ll simply add it to our requested award when we go to arbitration (since mediation is almost certain to fail on 01/05…if it even occurs).
In a perverse way, I’m sort of looking forward to getting decently paid for typing a report using only my middle fingers. 👿
Concept for Person of Shock flag:
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I’d think, Fatwa, that with the amount of effort the HOA is putting in against you guys that the “damage” to their building is so severe that it’s about ready to fall down and not safe enough right now for occupation.
They still have ten more buildings comprising about 48 Units which need new roofs rather desperately. (I suspect they’ve had a few leaks on them the past two years.)
Assuming JimCo ultimately prevails, they’re gonna owe us around $50K -- or more (in addition to whatever they’ve spent on attorneys being assholes to us).
I also doubt the Board there has informed all 105 homeowners of the latent construction defect we “discovered”, despite their obligation to do so.
Happy Angry Marmot Friday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, and Sven!
Fatwa -- I just might have to try shopping at Amazon Fresh. Glad BK is doing better. In re HH-A -- “We’d love to make a site visit, do an inspection, and present you with a thorough, written report, but due to your payment history, we must insist on a cash deposit of 500% of the estimated cost prior to our arrival. We will, of course, refund any overage after the completion of the report.”
Fatwa, if you finally get a judgement in your favor and are awarded your payment, is there any teeth in it or can they just not pay and force you to go to court and start the process all over again?
Ugh. That’s a very good question and one that i never considered. I’m glad that I’m on the outside looking in on this one. I can’t imagine, Fatwa, how you and Jim deal with this as well as you have.
If worse comes to worse -- assuming we prevail in arbitration -- we can get a court order (the costs for which they’ll also be charged), take the court order to their bank and collect our feelthy lucre.
Have I claimed at any point we’re dealing with it well, what with my repeated mentions of mini-killdozers, smoking craters, baseball bats, etc.? 😉
Personally, I would have no compunction about inflicting profoundly life-changing violence on several of the parties to this mess, including at least one attorney. (Kind o’ like one feels in junior H.S. when one is constantly bullied over a long period of time and the people who are supposed to stop it don’t.)
After eighteen months, we’ve had more than enough of their shit.
Have I claimed at any point we’re dealing with it well…?
The fact that we haven’t read anything in the news about kneecapped attorneys and targeted demolition of condominium units is, I think, what Sven is basing his opinion on.
Indeed. And that you haven’t just waled away from it.
We’re not going to just walk away from pieces of shit who owe us a carp-tonne of money. (And some blood, which we probably probably won’t be able to collect.)
We’d love to know their cunning legal theory explaining why JimCo is responsible for latent construction defects from 1981. There are 105 units there, which means over the decades there have been hundreds of home inspections, and not one of them ever caught this problem. Likely, as it is that well hidden.
(Or some of them did, and the HOA failed to disclose that to us, which they had a duty to do.)
Sad, resigned “heh!”.