Another Tremont Casualty TremontTower Condo for Sale! By Heather Michelson Enjoy condo living at its greatest! From the minute you enter the parking lot, you feel as if you're the only tenant. And you will be 66 of the 76 units are still vacant after 2 years!No need for a red carpet when the elevator has a plywood floor and the elevator permit inspection approval has been denied by the City of Houston.
Think you can't afford to live here? Juliet Homes/First Texas Residential and Bernie Kane, "creative accounting superstar," will magically make it appear that your income is double to get you in, even if you have a negative net worth of $18,000. Hey what a great guy. He'll pay your first 6 months of mortgage payments, maybe 2 years of association dues, throw in a washer and dryer. He'll do whatever it takes!
Feel safe knowing a 24-hour concierge will be sound asleep in a model unit and the front doors are unlocked. Go for a late-night dip in the pool, overlooking Wendy's Drive-thru as you leisurely splash around listening to drive-thru shake, fries and burger orders, unaware that the pool too has not passed city inspection. How did you get a tan at 2:00 AM? Then you will realize it's a rust stains you picked up while lying on the rusty deck.
Think you have a voice; wait until you join the Homeowners Association. Want to serve on its board of directors? Don't hold your breath youíll have to wait until they can sell at least 50% of the building... Jorge Casimiro, the builder controls the Tremont HOA board and dictates which new tenant they can sue next, for painting lemons on their windows.
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Home Sour Home When Jordan Fogal's new house turned out to be a lemon, her builders and theTexas authorities thought they could handle things quietly. They didn't know Jordan Fogal.... Seduced by beauty, certain of value, the Fogals bought the home in April 2002 for $368,564, investing nearly everything they had... Jordan had looked forward to a leisurely life taking care of her new house and writing memoirs, but when the builders would not fix the structure, and when no authority would compel them to do it, Jordan experienced, for the first time, an in-justice she could not endure. On a street corner near her house, the 59-year-old Republican began picketing for all she was worth. A most compelling article. Dont miss this one...
WHEN TREMONT TOWER SUED HER, SHE SAYS SHE OFFERED TO TAKE THE LEMONS DOWN. BUT THEY TOOK HER TO COURT FOR VIOLATIONG HER HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT. TODAY A JUDGE SAID IF SHE KEEPS THE LEMONS AWAY, SHE DOESN'T OWE THEM A DIME. BUT UNLIKE LEMON LAWS THAT PROTECT CAR BUYERS, EXPERTS SAY CONDO OWNERS ARE LEGALLY LEFT IN THE LURCH.
Lemons, a Sweet Victory for Homeowner June 15, 2005
It was a sweet twist of lemon for the 27-year-old Heather Michelson who was smiling after she and the Builder/Homeowners Assoc. signed an agreement in Judge Block's Courtroom. "I am very happy," said Michelson. Supporters and legislative representatives showed up for a HomeOwners for Better Building press conference at the Harris Country Courthouse where Heather Michelson representing herself was victorious. "The builder agreed to wave all attorney fees and court cost if I agreed not to paint anymore lemons on the windows of my condo. Now I can concentrate on the loss of my condo and the fraud that was involved when I bought it," said Michelson.
Angry resident paints giant lemons on her condo's windows in protest ABC13 Eyewitness News (6/15/05 - HOUSTON) A homeowner has found an unusual way to speak out against her homebuilder...Heather Michelson headed to court over large yellow lemons painted on the window of her quarter million dollar Montrose condo. It was art -- and a statement. "The only voice I had," she said. "I put lemons up and I moved out." ... "I had bloody noses at night, nauseous, dementia," recalled Michelson. "I was fatigued. I'd sleep for 18 hours a day." The symptoms, she says, disappeared when she moved out... Janet Ahmad with Homeowners for Better Building explained, "Anyone can be a builder in Texas. But only in Texas are the home builders unregulated and the buyer is regulated."