We began leasing a home with Mr.De La Cruz in february, Upon Signing the lease paperwork for the property we had leased from himself and his company there were specific warranties and guarantees regarding the proper operation of the plumbing and electrical in the unit. He guaranteed the plumbing was in working order, upon move-in we found that the kitchen sink and toilet were non-operational, We have three children in the house and learned within that period of time that Mr. De La Cruz had falsified his statements regarding the plumbing in the unit, the neighbors stated that the previous tenant broke the lease due to the plumbing issues and the agents failure and refusal to correct them, In a situation like this state law dictates that if a major problem like this was to occur,the responsible "landlord" or agent is required to move the tenants temporarily to another location, Not only did Mr. De La Cruz fail to do so, he took over one month to have the issues repaired, I had to miss several days of work,as well as my fiancee' to allow several plumbers into the residence to try to resolve the issues, we went over one month without a kitchen sink or bathroom toilet and were forced to accept the conditions and remain there with our children, he later reluctantly sent a $100.00 gift card and an apology, we were paying $750.00 a month for somewhere around a 900ft2 residence and that is absolutely unacceptable. This was all revealed as soon as we aquired the residence.
Within the second month of residing in the unit, the Compressor for the A/C unit began to malfunction,first causing the utility bills to rise and then completely stopped operating.Mr. De La Cruz was notified immediately, but it took over a month to be repaird as well, an associate of Mr. De La Cruz provided a small 500 btu window unit similar to the mini units sold in Wal-Mart,which was then installed in the living room,this is a 3 BD 1 BTH residence and was not nearly enough to begin cooling the unit,this also caused very high utility bills and had to be moved to the master bedroom where we were then forced to move the kids into one room because the temperatures in the house easily reach 100 degrees in the florida summer. This went on for almost 3 Months, I had to take off work for plumbers and technicians, paid outrageous utility bills, and our pleas were ignored.
The fourth month residing at the rental unit, I was unable to be at the unit the day that Mr.De La Cruz came to collect our lease payment, He called my on my cellular phone, I explained the situation and he became angry, he then posted a "3 day eviction" and told me that he would no longer be interested in working with myself and my family. I responded that I would contact him the next day to provide the lease payment via the terms of the notice, He would not answer or return my calls, Refused to communicate and accept my payment, This is an unacceptable way to do business with a customer or tenant, To date he has not and will not communicate with myself or even a lawyer ive since retained in the matter. This has caused myself and my family alot of financial trouble and heartache at the fault of Mr.De La Cruz. Something Needs to be done about this man and his faulty business practices, He is definately not to be trusted. Buyer Beware.