A few months ago, I wrote about Condo Associations and how I hate the one I live in. My neighbors are fine, it’s the lady who manages the association that drives me into a frenzy of adrenaline and negativity.
Last month, around the end of May, we all received a newsletter saying we needed to do our homeowners maintenance tasks. This involved:
- Pressure washing our roofs
- Pressure washing our siding
- Painting our trim and doors
- Landscaping for summer (clearing up dead plants, etc.)
They asked us to all do this by June 23. WTF? A month’s notice?
Have I mentioned that it is still friggin’ winter here? It has been rainy and cold – about 45 degrees – with the exception of one nice weekend about six weeks ago. Today is the first day we’ve not had any rain in a while, and my new neighbors – a young couple – across the street are outside trimming their hedges and she’s wearing a sweatshirt, sweat pants, and gloves – not for protection but for warmth.
So, I sent off a nastygram to the property manager. I informed her that, sorry, I wouldn’t be meeting that deadline. First, I can’t physically do all those things myself. Second, I have no income to pay for it right now, and third, had she noticed that it has been RAINING?
The smart thing, Ms Property Manager, would have been to guide the board to finding a reasonably priced contractor for these services – one who would discount his rate based on volume – and then offer the homeowners the option to hire said contractor at reduced price, and have the cost rolled into the homeowner dues over the span of the next 12 months. I’m not the only homeowner around here who finds that mandatory task list and arbitrary deadline just a bit unreasonable.
In addition to the fact that the homeowner’s association refuses to do their part to maintain the perimeter of the property that runs along the greenbelt, keeping the fire danger at bay – when we ever do get heat – and the bobcats and coyotes from encroaching on our backyards and pets. That’s what we pay dues for.
But Ms. Property Manager is too stupid to think of making it easier for the homeowners instead of sending irritating, threatening postcards and wasting our money.
I did let her know if she could make an arrangement like I suggested, I’d be more than happy to accommodate her. Otherwise, I’d do the work when I could find friends and family to do it and when the weather cooperates- more like July or August around here.