Report: #1113450

Complaint Review: Bluewater Properties of Costa Rica

  • Submitted: Mon, January 06, 2014
  • Updated: Mon, January 06, 2014
  • Reported By: Strongcastle — Ormond Beach Florida
  • Bluewater Properties of Costa Rica

    Huacas, Select State/Province
    Costa Rica

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* 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.

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Dishonest Dave and his Fake Attorney Continue to Tell Lies, False Statements, Blue Water Properties Remains Unethical, Dishonest

AUTHOR: Strongcastle - ()

Response to Fake "Attorney Response", Dave Response and all their False Statements

You can tell who is lying by the lies they continue to tell.

When I first read the “Attorney Response” it reminded me of the note the child takes to school: “Please excuse Johnny for being away from school yesterday he was ill.” Signed; Johnny’s MotherProbable Lie #1

(Both rebuttals were sent within minutes of each other!)

I then wondered what attorney would ever attach his name to such a bunch of lies? Then I realized, No attorney’s name is attached! No attorney would ever attach his name to such a bunch of lies. No attorney had attached his name, no attorney would!

Probable Lies 2, 3 and 4 and More: Pretending to be an attorney! Pretending not to be Dave. Stating an uncountable number of lies while pretending to be a “Fake Attorney.” (And if this really were an attorney, you should be ashamed. Quoting hearsay, or fake, made up hearsay, that you could not possibly know as truth, with no evidence! Everyone who watches TV and Law and Order knows that is uncool! And inadmissible. It works for prevaricators and people telling untruths though.

I am a 65 year old grandmother. My husband is also a grandfather in his 60’s. We don’t have a motive. We just wanted to continue living in peace and quiet in Playa Grande Costa Rica for another few years.

Dave is a real estate hustler without a license, as is most of his crew!

Dave and Blue Water made money selling the Arenas de Play Grande. And they hope to make more money when they sell the condos as individual units. If you watch Law and Order, you know they have a reason, a motive.

I receive a pension on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. I go into town to collect the money. I put aside the money for the next month’s rent. I pay my utilities. I buy a month’s groceries. I pay for the taxi home. I have a little money left for incidentals and that is it. How would you expect a grandmother on a small pension to live?

I store the rent money in my home till the landlord’s representative comes to collect the rent (about 10-14 days). There is no advantage in paying late. I will not have any more money in my house on the 2nd of the month, or the 5th or the sixth or the tenth of the month than I had on the 1st of the month or the 10-14 days before.

I want the rent money paid as soon as possible because then no one can steal it!

I never ever paid my rent at the condos late! (Contrary to Dave and Fake Attorney lies.) Not once, was I ever late on my rent until the new owners, Blue Water Properties their property managers, and Dave Corredor, refused to collect my rent, or even clarify how much I owe!

Dave states all my legal citations were incorrect. According to Dave my signed lease was false too, and his Fake unsigned lease with the wrong date was real!

Blue Water Properties has one licensed Realtor, Rebecca Clower who was cc’d on every email. This means Rebecca Clower and Blue Water Properties participated in every unethical and dishonest action perpetrated against us, because they are the owners.

The condos were “apparently” bought, if you believe Dave and his “Fake Attorney”  in the Ripoff Report rebuttal November 1st. We were never officially told they were bought or who bought them until December 5, 2013!

This whole incident started on November 5, 2013. Our oven had been broken for 3 months. I contacted our Property Manager who also collects the rent and inquired about our oven repair status, and why she had not collected the rent. She gave me an email for a Dave of Blue Water Properties, but the email address was incorrect. (This could have been the very first deliberate Dave misinformation.)

I searched online and found various Blue Water Properties. I then blasted out emails trying to find the correct Blue Water Properties Manager that was managing my property. I received emails from Dave and Keith that resembled the emails of Nigerian spammers. Hi, we’re the guys! I’m not involved, says Dave, but he is. Meaning Keith. Send money. I did not even know who these people were!

After Dave said he couldn’t fix my oven, and he wasn’t involved, Dave continued the email with illegally trying to raise my rent, shorten my rental term, change my lease signing date, and prematurely evict us, all without any advance notice.

If you know anything about Dave Corredor in Playa Grande you know he is a businessman who owns the Ripjack Inn, and hires illegal tourists on 90 day non-working visas illegally, so he can make more money, making the tourists feel comfortable with English speaking staff. Everybody who lives in Playa Grande knows this. Everyone is keeping Dave's secret. Even I know this. Although I had never met Dave, many of his illegal employees lived in the Arenas de Play Grande condos, and I had heard all about it. There are only 300 people in Playa Grande.

Dave hires tourists on illegal 90 day visas. This is highly illegal. But it never seems to damage him! Although he is rumored to have a habit of turning in disgruntled employees to the authorities. Think Gregory. If you go to Dave's Ripjack Inn restaurant today you can verify for yourself, Dave hires illegal english speaking employees! You will see them working. You can talk to them. Possibly not tomorrow, if Dave out of fear, decides to reform. But all you have to do is search online for Ripjack Inn to find all the evidence you need of the illegal emplyees, going back for years and years!

Dave could make money, like all the honest businesses do in Costa Rica, if all his staff were Costa Ricans who are legally allowed to work in Costa Rica, but he would make less and be more like k**e’s. Dave will do almost anything for more money, and to satisfy a grudge.

from: Dave Corredor to: LE Patterson <>,
 Keith Clower <>
cc: Becky Clower <>
date: Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 5:58 PM

(After saying he couldn't fix my oven)

...On a related subject, the new owner requires that every person in the complex is under contract, and your lease expired on the 31st of October. (A Lie: Our one year term actually expires November 30.) I had asked many times for your contact info (Another lie: Dave includes my contact himself in an attachment he purports to be my lease) so I could talk to you about this but didn't' get it. I am told that you guys would like to extend your lease term, is that correct? 

The new owner intends to sell units in the complex starting soon  (Dave says this!) but is not looking to displace anyone on short notice. (Another lie!) He is doing 6 month terms for now, does that work for you? It would be November 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014 and the rental rate in the complex is $660/month. Please let us know if you would like to extend and we'll get you a new lease agreement.

Dave (End of email)

The problems with this email are all the lies, and dishonesties included within it!

By Costa Rica Law:

All Costa Rica tenancies are minimum 3 years.

If owner does not give notice of termination of lease at least 90 days before end of term lease continues at the same rate for another 3 years.

Leases in US dollars cannot be raised during term.

This means in the preceding email from Dave Corredor of Blue Water Properties, Dave was illegally trying to set a 6 month term, he was illegally starting the term November 1st, instead of December 1st. Dave was illegally increasing my rent from $600 US. to $660 US. Dave was retroactively increasing my rent for November on November 5. Dave illegally did not give notice 90 days before the end of the term. Dave was illegally trying to kick us out in less than 6 months!

From my perspective each one of these attempted manipulations is another lie with a profit motive. So now we are up to Probable Lie 10.

Dave states he does not know my email, and then includes my email within the Fake Copy of the lease he sends to me Probable Lie 11.

Sending a fake, unsigned copy of my lease is Probable Lie 12

At a certain point with liars I stop believing anything they say. Because they spout nothing but lies. Fabricate every word and every detail of everything they say.

In a rare moment of honesty Dave actually states twice: once in his email and once, in his “Response to the Ripoff Report” what he and the new owners and buyers are going to do!

The new owner intends to sell units in the complex starting soon”  (in first email)

“My friend and client bought this project with the intention to sell units as the market permits.”  (Dave’s Response to Ripoff Report)

In order to buy and sell for a profit (soon) it would be necessary to evict the current tenants, renovate and resell. Of course this is also illegal. Therefore all the lies that Dave and his Fake attorney tell for future profit, that follow.

“We don’t pay our rent,” they say. “We are thieves,” they say. “We cause trouble,”  they say. “We fight with the neighbors,” they claim. (Neighbors who are in fact friends.) We are always complaining about things of no importance.

When the main problem was that Dave and the new owners wanted to sell a unit quickly and get us out. And the worst thing we were doing!: We were telling the other tenants about the law and what Blue Water Properties and the owners were trying to do to us!

We were the first tenants whose one year term was going to expire. We were also possibly the only tenants that had never had problems paying our rent. We had a guaranteed income. Everyone else did not. Most of them were surfers, most of them worked, or had worked illegally, at Dave’s Ripjack Inn restaurant.

We were also the tenants who had lived at the Arena de Playa Grande 2 years, twice as long as anyone else. And we had indicated we wanted to live there another year more. (We did not know that all leases are minimum 3 years). Everyone else had a “6 month” lease they thought was good till March. We were the test case, the demo, the long term residents! The only ones who were not surfers or did not or had never worked in Dave’s Ripjack Inn restaurant!

What Blue Water Properties actually did to us, though unethical and dishonest was actually quite clever, if you like dishonesty, and terrorizing, abusing and evicting Grandparents before Christmas!

1) The previous owner’s Property Managers had always collected the rent. Blue Water Properties refused to collect the rent!

2) In Costa Rica failure to pay the rent, we later learned from an attorney, trumps everything. Since, if the landlord is unreasonable you are supposed to pay directly to the court, and argue it in court. But we did not know this!

3) To pay to the court you have to know who the owner is! We were not told, and Dave actually bragged on his terrorizing mission. “You will never know the names of the new owners!” The only way we might have found out the name of the new owners was to sign the new lease for 6 months for more money. We would not see the lease, or the names of the new owners until we signed the lease, and possibly not even then (even though that is illegal).

4) To pay to the court you are also supposed to have the “Folio Real”, which is the registration number for the property. Our previous lease was legally required to have this Folio Real number but did not. Therefore we did not know it.

In the weeks that followed our rent was not collected. This in itself was traumatizing and anxiety producing to an elderly couple that always made it a priority to pay rent and bills before eating food!

And then Dave terrorized us to get us to move!

Dave visited our home Friday November 22, 2013. We thought he had come to collect the rent, as we had requested. Instead Dave had come to threaten, terrorize and abuse us! He especially targeted me! He kept screaming and yelling at me repeatedly to, “Shut up! I am still talking!” He screamed and yelled for 30 minutes then left without asking for the rent.

Blue Water Properties never once came to collect the rent, never once asked for the rent in person or by emai!

When Dave’s threat tactics failed to get us to move instantly, an eviction notice was sent from an attorney with a name, December 5th 2013, evicting us for failing to pay rent. This was their strategy from the beginning.

When that failed to make us move instantly Dave started incorporating bouncer types from his Ripjack Inn restaurant to wander the property inside the locked gates at the Arenas to terrorize and intimidate us. Our sliding glass doors could not be locked effectively if we left. Many, many people had keys. Previous tenants, previous owner, maids, guards, current owners, previous property management, current property management, all had keys. We were afraid they were going to break in and steal our things. And the attorney stated the owner's intention was to steal our things in the eviction notice. The rebuttals even mention this, even though it is not legal without a court order. Of course that is what they wanted us to think! Our attorney called it harrassment.

We moved as soon as we could. It is hard to find a place just before Christmas in Costa Rica.

I receive my Pension on the third Wednesday of every month. In December that was December 18.  We left at 7:15 am on December 18, in a hired vehicle (not in the middle of the night as Dave’s lies and Fake Attorney say). We were seen by several people.

If you like dishonest and unethical people then I definitely recommend Dave Corredor, Becky Clower and Keith Clower of Blue Water Properties.

But if you want honest and ethical treatment I would advise you go somewhere else!

You cannot believe a word they say.

If you are a real estate investment buyer they may tell you how easy and ethical it is to get the current tenants out. If you are a renter they have demonstrated they are willing to lie, cheat, intimidate, bully and terrorize.

As for my honesty: Look at the simplicity of my story. I receive Pension once a month. I pay my rent. I have no ulterior motives.

Then look at the motives, corresponding to all the obvious lies Dave Corredor and the various representatives of Blue Water Properties told. Think profit, think real estate deals, think of all the money!

When you realize Blue Water, Dave Corredor, his Fake Attorney, are all inventing and telling lies, in order to accomplish their profit motives, you will also realize there is no limit or end to the lies they can create, or tell to obtain their objectives.

All we wanted to do was pay our rent and live in peace.

You can check the veracity of my statements about Costa Rica Law for yourself. Don’t take my word for it! Then you will know the law for yourself, and who the liars are!

Sources: The best neutral English source for Costa Rica tenant law I know of is:  But there are many others if you do a search for Costa Rica rental laws. Find your own sources. Once you search you will find all the sources that get into details state all Costa Rica tenancies are minimum 3 years, it is illegal to raise rent paid in US dollars, 90 day notice is required before the end of lease term to evict or raise rent, otherwise the lease auto renews. You can also read the original Spanish at ( scroll to bottom of page) or at

There are more details of everything here at:

Here also is a brief translation of the relevant portions of the tenant law (LEY GENERAL DE ARRENDAMIENTOS URBANOS Y SUBURBANOS) using Google Translate.

ARTICULO 70.- Plazo del arrendamiento

La duración del arrendamiento no podrá ser inferior a tres años.

Google Translation

Translation: ARTICLE 70 - . Term Lease
The term of the lease shall not be less than three years.

3 year minimum Term may seem strange  to North Americans but long lease terms are a European tradition. In Spain until recently the minimum term was 5 years, it is not 3. In some other countries, the minimum term is 9 years.

ARTICULO 71.- Prórroga tácita

Habrá prórroga tácita del arrendamiento cuando el arrendador no haya notificado al arrendatario, la voluntad de no renovar el contrato, por lo menos tres meses antes de la expiración del plazo original o el prorrogado anteriormente.

La prórroga tácita será por un nuevo período de tres años, cualquiera que sea el plazo inicial del contrato o el destino del bien.

Translation: ARTICLE 71 - . Tacit Extension
By tacit extension of the lease: When the landlord has not notified the
tenant, that he will not renew the contract at least three months before the expiry of the original term. There will be a tacit extension of another 3 years.

ARTICULO 67.- Reajuste del precio para vivienda

Cuando el precio del arrendamiento de una vivienda sea en moneda extranjera, se mantendrá la suma convenida por todo el plazo del contrato.

ARTICLE 67 - . Rental housing price

... When the price of renting a home is in foreign currency,
the agreed amount of rent will be maintained for the entire term of the contract.

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Attorneys' response to completely false report

AUTHOR: Landworks - ()

Our law firm LAND WORKS LEGAL COUNSEL represents ARENAS DE PLAYA GRANDE S.A., the owner of the apartment complex mentioned by Lenore Elizabeth Patterson and Derek Alan Blakeden, in the article posted.

            It is our opinion that their argument includes multiple and grave misrepresentations and distortions of the real facts that we will proceed to clarify.  This rebuttal is filed without limiting our client’s possibility to file legal action for these fraudulent allegations:

1)    Mrs. Patterson and Mr. Blakeden signed a contract with the previous owner of the apartment (our client recently bought the complex on November 1st, 2013).  During our due diligence process for the purchase of the complex we were informed by the previous owner that Elizabeth and Derek were highly problematic tenants, that they would hardly pay their rent in time, would constantly incur in disputes with the neighbors and continuously filed groundless complaints.

2)    After the ownership change our client hired BLUE WATER PROPERTIES (BWP) to manage the complex.  Without a question BWP is possibly the most reputable real estate brokerage and property management firm in the Tamarindo/Playa Grande area.  Please review their website and referrals at, and this statement can be verified easily upon request.  Immediately after being appointed BWP politely informed ALL SIX TENANTS of the new ownership and management, and provided them with new instructions on how to continue paying the monthly rent.  BWP’s request was answered very rudely by Elizabeth and Derek, both in person and in several e-mails sent by them (this e-mails can be consulted upon request).  Since that initial approach on November 2013 Mrs. Patterson and Mr. Blakeden continued refusing to pay the rent that their contract stated.  It is important to note that all other tenants accepted the instructions and continued paying their rent to BWP in a timely fashion.

3)    BWP representatives requested the payment of the rent in person and by e-mail to Lenore and Derek. They refused to pay and they sent numerous e-mails with legal citations from Costa Rican legal websites that were not applicable to the case.  In addition they repeatedly misinformed the other tenants and tried to cause problems for BWP and the new owner.

4)    One month later, on December 4th, 2013, and when they were already late in the payment of TWO MONTHS RENT, acting as attorneys representing the owner we were forced to send a formal notice to them stating their contract default and asking them to vacate the unit.  This notice was very respectful, complies with all C.R. tenancy law standards and even allowed them the possibility of paying their late rents and curing their default.  Logically this legal statement indicated all legal implications that their contractual default could generate according to Costa Rican law.  Besides other legal possible consequences, the tenants were informed in writing by us of the retention rights for movable assets provided for the benefit of the landlord by our tenancy law.  (A copy of this notice can also be supplied upon request)

5)    During the months of November and December 2013 both the former owner and a new tenant complained to the administration, and indicated that Mrs. Patterson had broken in into his apartment and had stolen various personal items and furniture including the oven installed in that apartment.  Immediately one of BWP’s representatives visited Elizabeth and Derek, and informed them that if the oven were not returned immediately the company would file criminal charges against them for theft.  The personal items, furniture, and oven were returned the without charges being filed.

6)    As strange as it may sound, it is very clear that Mrs. Patterson, who presents herself as a victim in this matter, is really someone else.

7)    One of the e-mails received from Mrs. Patterson indicated that we should contact their attorney JOSE RAFAEL FERNANDEZ.  We tried to contact Mr. Fernández to try and solve the dispute, but we could never get Mr. Fernández to receive a telephone call or reply to an e-mail.  We were later informed that Mr. Fernández has never been retained by Elizabeth and Derek to represent them legally.

8)     On December 11, 2013 an eviction petition was filed on behalf of our client at the Santa Cruz, Guanacaste Court.  The petition requested the judge to remove the non-compliant tenant from the premises, sequester their furniture and personal belongings and compensate our client for damages and legal costs.

9)    A few days later we were informed that Elizabeth and Derek, abandoned the apartment at night and left in a surreptitious way.

10) Our client has informed local immigration authorities, local good business bureau and other real estate brokerage and property management firms of this case.  Hopefully this will prevent other local businesses to be affected by these individuals.

11) Our firm continues with court legal action to obtain compensation for our client’s damages.

            David Corredor has been an excellent client of our firm for the last 12 years.  Mr. Corredor is a reputable and respected local leader in his community that has even been honored repeatedly with important public appointments.  Mr. Corredor and Blue Water Properties are known as very hard working and honest people and we all now feel really offended by this article, because it is a complete fabrication.

We are more than willing to disclose any of the relevant documents, and evidence that support this case.

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#3 REBUTTAL Individual responds

Answer to completely untrue report

AUTHOR: Dave - ()

We have requested that this fictitious report be taken down as it is completely fabricated. Apparently the policy of this website is not to do so. We find it disappointing that people can say whatever they want with no proof, and that this leaves us with no recourse other than to respond here.

My friend and client bought this project with the intention to sell units as the market permits. Most of the units were occupied as longer term rentals when it was purchased and we explained via email and in person in writing that this was his intention, but that we were not looking to get anyone out on short notice. We provided instructions of how to pay rent to the new owner and all other tenants in the project did so without incident. Rent can be paid at the bank in the form of a deposit, with internet banking via transfer, or at the Blue Water office. This is typical here.

The lease of the couple who filed this report, who were occupying Unit #4, expired right as the closing of the sale transaction. Before the expiration we wrote them to offer them an extension on the contract that was ending soon and got no response. Their contract expired and this is the only information we had at the time from the previous owner. We have gone on to offer extensions to the other tenants in the complex whose leases have come up as expiring as well and in some cases have extended. The couple did not ever pay their rent but did tell us their version of Costa Rican law and that they intended to stay for 3 years. We certainly never modified or misrepresented what was on their lease agreement nor would we.

There was an incident where some things went missing from another unit in the complex, personal property of the previous owner that had been left for a friend who was moving into the unit. The previous owner was informed by a third party that the things were in Unit #4, so he wrote an email to the couple to return his belongings. The things were returned to the porch of the unit they were taken from the next morning. We then learned that when the things had been taken from the unit, the oven had also been switched and that a unit that had a working oven now had a broken one.

We were informed that the oven had been switched from Unit #4. I was advised by counsel to file criminal charges against the couple in Unit #4 for stealing an oven, but decided to go and give them a chance to return it to where it had come from. I informed them of exactly that and they immediately returned the oven, saying they would never take anything from another unit again. If anyone was terrorized, it was the new occupant of the unit where the things had been taken.

As to the accusations that I threatened anyone or said the words in their false report, they are completely false. My wife and I have been here and in business for more than ten years and are permanent residents of the country with a child born here. This is not the way we carry ourselves. I did inform them that the new owner was a corporate-style entity and that I had needed to engage the legal department already in our dealings with them. I intended to talk to them from outside their unit, but they asked me in and I did talk to them inside their unit. 

The couple was reminded of their obligation to pay rent and there were attempts made to collect it, but the occupants of Unit #4 were not at home or were not awake to answer the door most of the time. The never paid their rent, so after two payments had gone by unpaid and the third one was fast approaching, we sent them a notice to vacate. I find this normal and wouldn't expect a landlord to act any differently, in Costa Rica or anywhere else. The couple still could have paid rent at that time and worked it out to stay, but they had chosen to fight instead. The landlord did keep the security deposit and I believe this is exactly what a security deposit is for.

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#4 Author of original report

Blue Water Properties of Costa Rica is the Same Company As Bluewater Properties of Costa Rica With the Same Disregard for Costa Rica Law

AUTHOR: Strongcastle - ()

For the purposes of this report I would like to clarify that Blue Water Properties of Costa Rica and Bluewater Properties of Costa Rica are one and the same business.

And in reality the more correct form of the company name is Blue Water Properties of Costa Rica. All the previous I wrote about the behaviour of Bluewater Properties, the owners and employees, is also true for Blue Wayer Properties of Costa Rica and the owners Rebecca Clower and Keith Clower, and especially their associate Dave Corredor of Rip Jack Inn.

Please see the previous more detailed report on Bluewater Properties of Costa Rica and their disregard for Costa Rica law regarding tenants and rentals for full details.

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