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Jie Robbins
  • Jenison, MI
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Harassment from the President of the Condo Association

Jie Robbins
  • Jenison, MI
Posted Jun 30 2017, 06:37

We just bought a condo for rent a few months ago and has been constantly harassed by the president of the condo association. 

We received three fines, one of which was not even notified. We found out the third fine on our monthly statement from the accounting firm this board hired. The Bylaw states that the co-owner has 15 days after receipt of the fine notice to dispute. But apparently every fine from this board is final. 

The fines include overnight guest without prior approval from the board (not required in Bylaw), offensive behavior of the tenant (we asked the board what the tenant did several times but they never replied), pet violation (the tenant does not have any pets), threatening behavior of the tenant for yelling at complainer for disposing of dog poop (pets are not allowed per Bylaw and the tenant said she even did not see anyone disposing dog poop). 

When we just took the ownership of this condo, the president of the association called me at 7:30AM to question how we found this condo for sale. When my tenant called him asking about the requirement of overnight guest reporting, he said, "your landlord can ask her own DAMN question." and then he hang up on her. He even told the property manager to tell us that he has the right to call us at 1:30AM because the complaint came in at that time. 

We disputed all the fines through email and letters but none of the board members replied. We found out through other co-owners that the president of this association has been imposing fines based on fabricated accusations on many of them, including both landlord and co-owners who live there. 

We contacted an attorney but we were told it's not cost efficient to sue this board or the president of this association. The attorney will help us to reduce or eliminate the current fines but the same problem could happen again. 

What shall we do at this point? Thank you in advance!

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