ED Magedson – Founder
Bluewater Properties of Costa RicaHuacas, Select State/Province Costa Rica
Bluewater Properties of Costa Rica Dave Corredor,Keith Clower,Rebecca Clower Disregarding Costa Rica Rental and Real Estate Sales Law Playa Grande, Huacas, Tamarindo Guanacaste
* We were terrorized by Bluewater Properties of Costa Rica, Bluewater Properties sales agent Dave Corredor, Keith Clower owner, Rebecca Clower Realtor/Broker owner.
* Bluewater Properties representatives, Keith Clower, Rebecca Clower and Dave Corredor disregarded, disobeyed and misrepresented Costa Rica law to obtain their objectives, specifically our removal from our Condo rental for the new owner in contradiction to Costa Rica law or intent.
* Although Rebecca Cower did not personally interact with us she is the Realtor/Broker of record. Rebecca Clower was cc’d on every email and action and therefore fully aware, or should have been fully aware of all actions taken by Bluewater Properties. Rebecca Clower is co-owner of Bluewater Properties of Costa Rica with her husband Keith Clower and therefore fully responsible for the actions of her company.
Costa Rica law states all leases irrevocably have a minimum term of 3 years. If the rent is paid in US dollars the rent cannot be raised during the term of the lease. Owners must give at least 90 days notice before the end of the 3 year term to either raise the rent or terminate the tenancy.
When we began renting in Costa Rica we did not know Costa Rica law. We signed a l year lease December 1, 2011, and then signed another lease for another year December 1, 2012. We did not know our December 1st 2012 signing gave us a valid lease until November 30th 2015.
We did believe our December 1st 2012 signing gave us a valid lease until November 30th 2013, and we expected at least 60 days notice if the lease was not going to be renewed.
On November 1st 2013 our condos were bought. This did not legally change the validity of our lease. Our condo was now under the management of Bluewater Properties of Costa Rica.
We were not officially informed of the new management or the sale of the property or given the name of the new owners.
We were given through hearsay, the name “Bluewater”, referring to the new company managing the property, and an email address that did not work, by the indifferent previous property manager, when we inquired about our broken oven.
By tracking down “Bluewater” we found Bluewater Properties of Costa Rica website. We found email addresses for “Bluewater Properties of Costa Rica” but we actually had no way of knowing at that time if these email addresses were for the correct Bluewater Company, and if this Bluewater Properties website represented the company managing our condo.
On November 5, 2013 we sent emails to the people listed on the Bluewater Properties of Costa Rica website hoping to find our current property manager. The respondents to our email, Dave Corredor and Keith Clower work for Blue Water Properties of Costa Rica.
We had written to have our oven fixed. Dave Corredor, also the owner of Rip Jack Inn, responded in email that our lease had expired, the owner would not let anyone stay in the Condos who did not have a valid lease. And we, according to Dave Corredor, as of October 31st no longer had a valid lease. Dave enclosed a fraudulent, unsigned, incorrectly dated copy of our lease.
Dave continued: If we wanted to sign a new lease, (and he seemed to be hoping we would not), the term would only be for six months as the owner wanted to sell the unit. Our rent on the new lease would increase $60 US dollars a month. Could we afford that? Our rental term according to Dave, would begin November 1 2013 and end April 30 2014.
Accompanying this email Dave sent as an attachment a modified, fraudulent, unsigned variation of our lease that purported to show our lease began November 1, 2012.
We have the real signed valid lease dated and beginning December 1st 2012. Dave had cc’d Keith Clower and Rebecca Clower owners of Bluewater Properties in support of his actions.
Keith Clower then also sent an email with a copy to Rebecca Clower and Dave Corredor. Keith’s email stated everything Dave had said was correct, and that Keith and Bluewater Properties would be personally managing our condo rental.
Almost all the statements about our condo rental, by Dave and Keith of Bluewater Properties of Costa Rica are untrue or violate Costa Rica law. All Costa Rica leases are irrevocably valid for 3 years. We had 25 months left.
Costa Rica Rentals in US dollars cannot have their rent raised. Our lease did not begin on November 1st 2012 or end October 31st 2013. We did not have to vacate if we did not sign a New lease. We did not have to vacate in 6 months. We did not have to move if the unit were sold. We were not given 90 days notice. We were given negative 25 days notice.
As we discovered Costa Rica law we attempted to defend ourselves, however Bluewater Properties fought back. Previously, prior to the sale, the owner’s Property Manager had always come to our residence to collect the rent. This is traditional in Costa Rica.
After the purchase, Bluewater Properties refused to collect our rent, and never once came to collect it or ask for it.
As of November 13 we had not received any instructions regarding our rent from Bluewater Properties. All we received from Bluewater Properties were requests asking if we were going to sign a new lease at a higher rate.
Our neighbor is friends with Keith and Rebecca Clower. In talking with us she discovered on November 13, we still had no instruction on paying our rent from Bluewater Properties.
She sent us a copy of the instructions she had received from Bluewater properties on how to pay the rent. She received these instructions November 5, even though her rent was not due till November 15.
She called Bluewater Properties to complain about Bluewater not informing us, and also sent Bluewater an email of complaint.
In response to her complaint, later that day, November 13, 2013 Bluewater sent a generic email beginning very unprofessionally, “You probably heard...”
In our minds, This is no way to run a business.
Within the email were statements. “You probably heard about the sale of the Arenas de Playa Grande condo rental property. Bluewater Properties has been chosen for Property Management.”
We were informed, “Rent can be paid to a numbered bank account at Banco Nacional to an account called KRC LLC. Who in the world was KRC, might as well have been KFC? We did not know any KRC. We weren’t even sure of Bluewater. A taxi ride to deposit to an unknown numbered account at the bank in Tamarindo is a dubious enterprise at best and cost 50 dollars return for the very uncertain privilege.
The email also gave the option of paying at Bluewater’s office near Huacas, with no instruction how to get there, or where it is located, which is also a $40 taxi ride return. As we do not have a car, are retired and did not have the $40 or $50 extra for taxi rides, both of these options were a big concern.
We replied to Bluewater Properties that we did not have a car to make the trip to pay the rent, nor did we have the money to pay the taxi. We requested Bluewater Properties pick up the rent in person in November as the Property Manager always had done.
This Bluewater declined to do.
As we did not know either Dave Corredor or Keith Clower or Bluewater Properties or even for sure whether the sale had occurred, we requested confirmation of sale, confirmation of owner, confirmation of authorization of Bluewater Properties as Property Manager, and verification that whoever came from Bluewater Properties to collect the rent was an authorized Bluewater employee, with their ID.
All this confirmation and ID is required by Costa Rica law. The owner’s names must be given by law. The registration for the property, what Costa Rica calls the “folio real”, which is the registration number of the property, must be provided by the owners by law. You cannot open a bank account in Costa Rica without references, passport and additional ID. You cannot open a cable TV account without passport, lease and ID. You cannot even use your Visa in a grocery store without providing similar verification.
Bluewater Properties refused to come to our residence to collect the rent. Bluewater Properties declined to make any effort to collect or request the rent. Bluewater properties refused to provide any verifications whatsoever.
Bluewater Properties refusal came in the form of not answering any requests about rent or lease, although Dave Corredor did verbally indicate in person November 22, Bluewater Properties had received the requests and he had read them.
Dave Corredor in person refused to give us the owner’s name, or the property registration number, which is required by law. Dave Corredor told us, “You’ll never get it.” Had Dave Corredor provided this legally required information we could have paid our rent directly to the court, and secured our condo rental. Bluewater and especially Dave had given us many reasons not to trust them!
30 days after November 5, on December 5, we received an email notification from the owner’s attorney that we were being evicted for failure to pay our rent, after many repeated requests from Bluewater Properties for the rent. Since every communication from Bluewater, except Dave Corredor’s personal visit to scream at us, was by email, Bluewater cannot show even one email request to pay the rent, or one refusal.
We had the money to pay our rent in our residence every single day since mid October. Bluewater Properties never once came to collect it.
The attorney’s eviction notice, which came by email December 5 (everything from Bluewater came by email), stated we were to vacate within 5 days, and pay all of November’s and December’s rent to any employee of Bluewater Properties (whether verified or not), even though no one claiming to be an employee of Bluewater had ever come to collect the rent.
The attorney’s eviction notice included most of the verifications concerning ownership and authorization that we had previously requested, but they were provided not to allow us to pay the rent but because they were required to evict us. The attorney did not provide any verification of what the “expected rental rate was”. The attorney did not state where or how we were to pay.
The attorney’s eviction notice stated the owners of the condo intended to keep our security deposit equal to one month’s rent.
The attorney’s letter also instructed we were to leave all our possessions behind so the owners could reimburse themselves by their possession.
In other words they intended to take our security deposit, all of our possessions, plus November and Decembers full rent, and evict us by December 10th, if they could.
We had been in a state of siege from Bluewater Properties since November 5, 2013. We did not know Costa Rica law. Bluewater threatened us with vacating beginning November 5 2013, with possible immediate eviction if we did not sign their new illegal, increased rent, six month term lease, or vacate!
There were 2 emails from Dave Corredor of Bluewater before November 14 demanding we sign the new illegal lease or vacate. There were 2 emails from Keith Clower before November 14 demanding to know if we were going to sign our new lease, or vacate!
On November 14 2013 Keith Clower actually came to our residence to look at our oven. In Costa Rica they look at things many times before they ever fix them, if they ever do.
Keith Clower inquired upon his visit if we were going to sign the new lease, which seemed to be the real reason for the visit, since he did nothing else.
Keith Clower did not ask for the rent. Keith Clower did not provide any verification of who he was or who his company was. Keith Clower did not provide any verification of anything whatsoever. We told him Keith had sent him an email requesting verification. Keith Clower said he had not read it yet. He would read it and get back to us. He never did.
On November 22 we had a very unpleasant visit from Dave Corredor of Bluewater Properties. He came into our unit. We thought he was there to collect the rent and we welcomed him. Instead Dave came into our home and screamed at us for more than 25 minutes. Dave would not let us respond or talk back to him until he finished his tirade. Dave Corredor never once asked for the rent. Dave Corredor did tell us he had read all our emails and we had mistranslated Costa Rica law. Dave Corredor did not clarify where our mistake in Costa Rica law interpretation was. We had not made the translation, it was a Costa Rica attorney’s translation on the internet.
Dave Corredor did ask us, “ Why would you want to piss the new very wealthy owners of the condos off?”
We asked, “What is the very wealthy owner’s name.”
Dave Corredor said, “You will never know who the owner is.”
After screaming at us for 25 minutes, and never once asking for the rent, or providing ID Dave Corredor left. If we had not mistakenly thought he had come to collect the rent, we would have never let him in the door. My wife was thoroughly traumatized as Dave had particularly targeted and focused his vicious anger on her. My wife is a 65 year old woman.
We had felt unsafe for the previous 17 days. After Dave’s visit my wife was thoroughly terrorized. Although we now knew the law we did not trust it would necessarily be obeyed.
Dave Corredor has a 8-10 year history of disregarding the law in his operation of Rip Jack Inn, Playa Grande. For 8-10 years Dave has been illegally hiring tourists on tourist visas, who are not allowed to work in Costa Rica, to work in his restaurant. This provides Dave Corredor’s Rip Jack Inn greater business with the English and European tourists but violates Costa Rica law and cheats the local Costa Ricans of the income that should be theirs to earn.
If Dave had been successfully flouting the law for 8-10 years it seemed reasonable to suspect he has a connection with law enforcement and is possibly making payments. Why else would we see Migracion looking for illegal North American workers on the beach instead of where everyone knows they can be found?
We were trying to move. But December and Christmas are the busiest, most expensive and most difficult times to find a place to live in Costa Rica. Now the attorney and owner were threatening our goods, as well as our persons.
We retained a lawyer who basically told us not to worry about eviction, Costa Rica law moves slow. But our attorney did advise us to move, not because we legally had to, but because the situation was unhealthy and dangerous. On December 18, 2013, after finding a place to flee to and take our possessions, we moved out of the Arenas de Playa Grande, Playa Grande Costa Rica.
Bluewater Properties disobeyed and disregarded Costa Rica law. We strongly advise you to avoid Bluewater Properties whether you are renting, buying or selling.
If you are selling, do you want to deal with a company that flouts the law, misadvises and misrepresents at your expense, to sell more property?
If you are a renter, do you want to deal with a company that is quite willing to physically threaten to harm you? We advise you to find an honest and ethical Costa Rica real estate company.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/06/2014 08:11 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Bluewater-Properties-of-Costa-Rica/Huacas-Select-StateProvince/Bluewater-Properties-of-Costa-Rica-Dave-CorredorKeith-ClowerRebecca-Clower-Disregarding-1113450. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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