ED Magedson – Founder
Sundance RV Park13502 N Frontage Rd Yuma, Arizona USA
Sundance RV Park Yuma Park Assoc, LTDLampe & Co.Joe Lampe, Owner Breach of Contract, Unlawful electric rates, Elder Abuse Yuma Arizona
Below is an outline of our story. We have made no accusations, but only telling our story as it happened to us.
We lived in Sundance Rv Park for six years. In April of 2011, we purchased a park model from the Owner, Joe Lampe, on an owner contract. On June 6, 2013, we received notice from a process server of the park NOT renewing our lease with no explanation after 2 1/2 years in the park model. We asked for an explanation, but the owner refused to answer us. Heartbroken, we put our place up for sale. We felt the owner was holding us hostage. We had always made our payments two weeks ahead of the due date. The contract stated we could not move the park model unless it was paid in full. So it was either pay it off, or he would repossess it. He all of a sudden wanted his money. Do banks do this after promptly making every payment?
We had put over $10,000 of improvements in it, of which we have all of the receipts to show. Then we found out the owner had never put our name on the title like the owner contract stated. This, we knew, was a BREACH OF CONTRACT.
We found a rental and started moving. Then the unthinkable happened. On Jul 26, 2013, we were taking another load to our new rental and left around 10:50-11:00 AM. The maintenance crew watched us load up. We came back around 5:30 and found posted on our doors: NO TRESPASSING PER YUMA PARK ASSOCIATES, LTD, LAMPE AND COMPANY, INC. GENERAL PARTNER. ISSUED July 26, 2013, 11:08 AM. Eight minutes after we had left! PLUS.... the Manager, Mary Zenger, took our patio furniture, barbque, and even the outdoor utility sink (of which they disconnected). $1900 worth of our belongings. We called the sheriff; the manager's response was "it was abandoned" and she did this on the advice of the owner's attorney. NO ATTORNEY WOULD TELL HER TO DO THIS WITHOUT A COOURT ORDER. The sheriff even told her that. Abandoned? With a FOR SALE sign in the window and our patio furniture on the patio? Who deemed it abandoned? Our lot lease was paid up until October 26, 2013.
Then they're all of a sudden telling us we were behind in payments. Did we know this? Were we notified? We sent our payment on July 2nd, which wasn't due until July 15th. Again, did we know this?
Even after finding an attorney who would listen to us, we found no one really wants to fight this guy. He's too powerful. And of course, we don't have the money, of which he is banking on.
The unfortunate truth in Arizona is that to go after a landlord or park owner, it will cost money to hire an attoney and possibly file a lawsuit that ends up in court, costing additional money. Many landlords rely on the fat that the average homeowner may not have the financial capability to fight them; thus they get away with taking unethical and sometimes illegal actions without being challenged.
But with an attorney, HIS attorney isn't even addressing the issue of BREACH OF CONTRACT. His attorney is saying they didn't have a forwarding address for us, yet they sent US a registered letter. His attorney called us a liar and said we never sent the July payment. Did we get notice from the owner telling us he never received our payment? No! Even a mortgage company sends a notice. We had sent a cashier's check and have a copy. If we didn't send it, why would we even bother to purchase it? Let's see; with a bank loan they can't all of a sudden decide they want all of their money, so why should he be able to? Convenient he wouldn't renew our lease; his way of saying he wants his money. It was convenient they didn't send us a registered letter until August 16, 2013 telling us we were in default of the July payment not being received so the whole balance was due. It was convenient we didn't get notice until after it was apparent the whole balance would be due.
Hi attorney pretty much told our attorney that the owner will do whatever it takes to drag this out so we run out of money. He will paper us to death with constant accusations and not even address the issue of BREACH OF CONTRACT.
We also found out on Sept 6, 2013, the owner changed the title of the park model to LAMPE & CO. It was originally under YUMA PARK ASSOC. Now why would he do that? What is he trying to hide.
The his attorney tried to tell us it isn't a park model and they don't have to give a reason for not renewing our lease. We have documation it IS a park model from the president of the ARIZONA ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURED HOMES AND RV OWNERS, and they DO have to give just cause for not renewing our lease.
Then there's the electric rates. Sundance charges 21 1/2 cents per kilowatt. It's illegal. In the laws its states they cannot charge more than what APS charges for a single family dwelling, which is 7 cents per kilowatt.
All in all, what do we want? We want our money back! We paid over $10,000 in improvements and over $10,000 in payments and insurance. We want the owner to be held accountable for what he has done. We WANT him to take us to court. The proof will be in the evidence.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 11/22/2013 07:07 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Sundance-RV-Park/Yuma-Arizona-85367/Sundance-RV-Park-Yuma-Park-Assoc-LTDLampe-CoJoe-Lampe-Owner-Breach-of-Contract-Unla-1101583. 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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