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Crosby Rentals/Lisa R Crosby

  • Submitted: Fri, June 21, 2013
  • Updated: Fri, June 21, 2013

  • Reported By: Safe — Holiday Florida
Crosby Rentals/Lisa R Crosby
2609 Holiday Lake Dr. Holiday, Florida USA

Crosby Rentals/Lisa R Crosby & Property Mgr Richard E Huffman Slumlord Lisa R Crosby resists FL Statute 83.51(1) to repair water damage & mold @ 3545 Emory Dr, Holiday FL Holiday Florida

*Author of original report: Slum Lord Lisa R Crosby-Huffman LOSES Court Eviction Hearing AND Sells Mold Problem Home To a Friend For a Profit

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Renter retaliation against eviction for nonpayment of rent

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  First and foremost, Lisa R Crosby and I had an oral agreement prior to my moving in in regards to the rental payment. Because of a L5-S1 surgery dated 30 Nov. '12 I was unable to gain employment so close to my surgery and I hadn't even been released from my Dr.s' care by the time I had  taken residency at 3545 Emory Dr., Holiday, FL 34691. I advised Lisa that the only money I had was a gov't disability of $129/mo and that I was on food stamps because of the health problems I sustained from a motor vehicle accident in March of 2011. I told her that I would get a roommate
that was NOT to be included on the lease, that I would collect half of the rent and foward that to Lisa. Lisa was ok with that AS LONG AS she was getting AT LEAST half of the rent each and every month and that I was going to pay her the balance once I'd rec'd money from my personal injury law suit and then the $700 in full thereafter. During the conversation she had provided what she called was a "temporary lease agreement" for me to sign but was going to make the additional changes and get me a fucntional lease agreement that would stand up - I'm still waiting
for that copy. She also agreed to let me do some minor cosmetic repairs to the home, things that I felt comfortable doing so soon after my surgery, the amount charged to her we agreed would be $15 because she was close to a person that I thought was a friend of mine at the time - Richard E Huffman. She has provided a "Work/Repair Agreement" form which she had typed in items that I was aware of and agreed to but then penciled in other items at a later date, most of which were to her benefit, that I was not aware of nor did I approve of them being added to that form without
my knowledge, or ok'ing the fact that I could or couldn't do the work in question given my most recent surgeries.

  I moved in 29 Jan. '13 after signing the temporary lease agreement on 12 Jan. 2013. By the second day I noticed water coming out from under the walls near/around the bathroom in the house AND that the air conditioner was not working properly - I verbally notified the landlord and/or her maintenance man/Richard E Huffman immediately. He argued with me that there was no leak - that they had fixed it, and that the air conditioner worked fine. Three days later there was an ongoing problem with the toilet in the house that would cause it to back up and overflow onto the floor each morning, again I notified Richard of the problem and again he argued that it worked fine and ignored the problem.

  Approx. 3-4 weeks later, after enough complaints, he got around to fixing the A/C unit the right way by calling an A/C mechanic after attempting to fix it himself but he couldn't. It was also in that same time frame that Richard rented a plumbers snake to snake the main drain in the house which surprisingly fixed the slow draining toilet in the main house. Also in the same time frame he was willing to agree with me that there was now water leaking from somewhere under
the tub, but not before the water had ruined a tempurpedic mattress that was up on end in 1 of the     bedrooms and a bag full of shoes that was in the closet. Again, after messing with it himself for the  first couple of weeks to see if he could fix it, (this was after I'd spent some 2-2.5 hours changing  a leaking faucet that Richard installed in the bathroom, caulking and re-caulking the tub, window, and all of the fixtures to determine that there wasn't water coming from the tub out onto the floor and to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there was water leaking from some-where in the house into the house). I would later find out that there was water leaking into the house from three different areas - the drain in the bathroom (which was fixed in late March '13), the East most wall of the house, (which Richard has attempted to fix again himself - but still leaks), and the newest leak now in the living room underneath the A/C unit he has said to have fixed over a month ago now. I contacted them immediately (13 June '13) again after noticing the livingroom ceiling leaking and was advised that they were out of town until the following Wed., 19 June '13 and that they'd need access to the rental home then. I advised them to call before coming over.

  All the while I'm noticing differences in my comfort here in the house - runny nose, headaches, upset stomach, nausea and cold/flu like symptoms. I started to take Zyrtec and the symptoms went away. I went to see my VA Outpatient Dr. and was given tests to determine my allergies and was told that there was a high probability of mold in the apt. that I rent that would cause those symptoms after which I was prescribed a generic version of the Zyrtec which I now have
to take daily as to not suffer from the symptoms.

  Since then I've had a professional cleaning service come into the house on 16 May '13 and give me an estimate, to remove the mold from this house, of over $1400 and that didn't include the bedroom that has the most recent water damage from tropical storm Andrea. That was 06 June '13 - there was water coming in from the Eastern most wall of the house. Approx. 18-20 inches from the outside wall penetrating into the room, the water was being absorbed by three dressers that I had along that outside wall, all of which have been damaged by sitting in that water for some period of time before I'd noticed the water in that room and removed them from the water.

  After lodging all of these complaints within a relatively short period of time of my moving in Lisa reneged on our oral agreement stating and I quote "that conversation never happened" which was an outright lie. Then (01 May '13) demanded that I pay the full $700 going forward knowing full well, based on our earlier conversation, that I wouldn't have the money to pay it and she could then evict me and have someone else move in here so that they can take advantage
of them like they are now trying to take advantage of me, a disabled veteran that has since been ruled disabled by the Social Security Association from a motor vehicle accident in March of '11.

I've had three back operations as a result of that accident all of which were at the Laser Spine
Institute in Tampa, 30 Nov '12; 19 March '13; and 04 April '13 - I've also had a surgery on my left
arm for ulnerapathy on 04 Jan. '13 at the VA Hospital in Bay Pines. They (Lisa R Crosby/Richard
E Huffman) should be thoroughly ashamed with themselves but they have never been a landlord
before and apparently had no idea what they were getting into and therefore are showing
absolutely no remorse.

  The three day notice sent by the landlord is improper because it seeks late fees which are not rent under the lease agreement. Also, I have signed a two year lease for which a 60-day written notice is required prior to the end of any annual period if they are wanting possession of the property. This also was not done .

  I have sent two documents by certified mail, and a third will be going out on 18 June '13 in 
regards to the newest leak in the livingroom, to the landlord, the initial two documents are in
reference to FL Statute 83.51(1) regarding mold, no smoke detector, screens with holes in them, windows that don't open or that the pane falls out of when opened, the A/C unit needing to be sealed up, water damage that was caused by water entering the house through an outside wall, and the front door being difficult to open after it rains. Richard E Huffman responded to ONLY 2 of the easy fix items - he took 2 screens out and had them rescreened and then handed them back to me to reinstall, and he purchased a smoke detector and handed that to me to install. I reinstalled the screens so that I could attempt to air this place out by opening the windows with screens, however I did not install the smoke detector - that's NOT my responsibility! There was one in this house when I went to see Lisa about the oral agreement, she was painting at the time and had taken down the old one and apparently threw it away. These people want to collect rent on a building that was flooded before they bought it (all of the wall to wall carpeting had to be removed - that's still sitting in the backyard from before I moved in) but they won't put a dime into repairing the water/mold problems that have caused me great stress, agravation and health issues - not to mention all of the time I've had to move and remove items that were sitting in free standing water.

  Lastly, I have gone out of my way to prove that there is a water/moisture problem in this house and that it has caused further damage in creating mold because it wasn't taken care of properly initially. I brought ServiceMaster 24 Hour into the house for an extensive search and estimate for damages, they have provided me with a quote for the work that needs to be done. While they were here they showed me evidence of termite damage as well. Since then I have been looking for another place to live because of my new found health conditions while attempting to deal with the landlord in a respectful manner.

  It is my understanding that they are now attempting to sell this house because they're not 
happy being landlords, or maintenance people for that matter, nor do they have the extra money
to make the correct repairs by someone that is licensed to do so. However, I believe they have
found out that selling this house now with all of the water and mold problems will be next to
impossible, unless they're willing to take a substantial loss that is, so they are trying to make
things as difficult as possible for me in hopes that I'll just pack up my stuff and leave -
unfortunately for them it will not be that easy. I don't have an extra $750 to move again within 6
months of my moving in to this location, not to mention first/last/and security deposit for another
place unless I'm compensated for my losses here and they would pay for me to move to another

  Anyone with knowledge of real estate, or a real estate attorney, would know how to conduct the proper searches in order to protect a potential home buyer from the types of problems listed above before investing your money into a dive like this residence. However, if the previous owner doesn't do the repair work needed professionaly and correctly by a licensed professional and takes it upon themselves to fix the problems as they see fit then the potential home buyer could be buying someone elses problems that were just covered up. That's the reason for this post - I was taken advantage of grossly and I do not want that to happen to the next person that attempts to rent and/or purchase from Lisa R Crosby. She ONLY paid $32.5K for this single family dwelling 2br 1.5b 1cg home and has apparently been offered $39K for the house - hhhmmmm, I wonder if they are aware that they are paying $6.5K more for a home that has some pretty significant problems and that Lisa R Crosby has invested EXTREMELY little money to make this place any better. Now, her so called property mgr is attempting to repair this mold issue himself without a license - again, an attempt to cover up a significant problem the cheap and inexpensive way so that his fiance Lisa R Crosby can get a face lift and other augmentations to her body while I'm suffering from health conditions by residing her rental home that has been diagnosed as having mold!

  Consider yourself forewarned - before moving, or buying an investment as big as a home do the proper searches and conduct the proper investigations in regards to the home! ....too bad you can't get a "home fax report" for even better protection like a prospective auto buyer would have acces to a "car fax report" at his/her disposal if they wanted one to be certain they wern't buying a salvaged title vehicle or a lemon.

....and for landlords - DON'T ever think, EVEN for a minute, that you are renting to someone that just fell off the turnip truck and doesn't know their rights - you could be in for a real surprise when you are served a counter suit from a tenant that knows their rights!  

  Also, it should be duly noted that I have done everything in my power, short of hiring an attorney because typically they have their own financial aganda, to make the public aware of the ongoing issues with this home. This would include, but not be limited to, filing my reasoning as to why I should not be evicted to the Pasco County Court, getting an estimate from a company that could first diagnose the mold and then remediate it professionally, filing a complaint with the Department of Business and Prefessional Regulation as to the fact that Richard E Huffman, an unlicesned mold remediator, is attempting to repair a mold problem himself, and filing another complaint with the Pasco County Code Enforcement with regards to FL Statute 83.51(1) documents that I have sent via certified mail to Lisa R Crosby and she has neglected to respond favorably.

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Slum Lord Lisa R Crosby-Huffman LOSES Court Eviction Hearing AND Sells Mold Problem Home To a Friend For a Profit

AUTHOR: Safe - ()

This woman received verbal complaint after verbal complaint about the living conditions in her rental home at 3545 Emory Dr. Holiday, FL BEFORE I ever filed the FL Statute 85.71. Even after I filed it she still refused to fix the mess until the courts gave her a rude awakening along with the Pasco County Code Officials that fined her for doing illegal work within the house w/o getting the proper paperwork from the County.

....and the large SUM OF MONEY was ONLY $300 AND she wanted me out in less than 10 days - with a back operation just 2 months prior moving was NOT an option! ....and when I paid the balance of the rent for May and the late fee, she DIDN'T have to take the money - (which would've forced me to move or pay the court when she started the eviction process) but she held out her greedy little hand and took the cash (bait) because right afterward there was enough time left in the month for me to file the FL Statute 85.71(1) and serve her with it leaving just seven days before the end of the month, OR not enough time to fix the repairs so that I could then withhold the rent.                                  

While in court I made sure that the courts and the County Code Officers were aware that her fiance Richard Huffman was attempting to do all of the repair work himself without a license to do so. So, Lisa then hired a contractor that Richard knew whom then hired Richard JUST to complete the work on her rental home. Needless to say Richard did an extremely POOR repair job - NEVER FIXED the problem, just covered it up with new drywall, and less than 2 months later he'd convinced his good friend that this house was all fixed and ready to purchase so that his soon to be wife could make almost a $7,000 profit from a house that she did nothing to, AND infact was worse off when she sold it than when she had bought it.

It should also be noted that they, Lisa & Richard, brought their own mold tester that came back with a negative test. Less than 3 days later I was forced to pay $400 for my own mold tester AND all of the 3 tests he took were definetly positive - NO QUESTION, ...soooo what the hell were Lisa & Richard trying to pull?? - they knew I couldn't afford an attorney, in fact I even overheard Richard & Lisa while at an attorneys office for about 30 minutes while Richard told the attorney word for word that he knew I wouldn't show up to court with an attorney. (Richard had pocket dialed me on his cell phone and I heard the whole conversation - what an eye opener that was!!) Real slimey people they turned out to be..., and to think that I considered Richard a friend, was I ever taken for a ride! 

Needless to say the house was in shambles during the repairs as most of the items from those two bedrooms where the mold had been was moved to other parts of the house making it difficult to navigate through the house much less access clothing in closets and dressers.

Then, after it was all done and the County Code Officials came and signed off on everything she had the nerve to go back to the courts and request the monies that I had to pay each month to the court until the case was closed. All said and done I paid over $1400 to the courts registry for June & July 2013 and then paid a reduced rent of $500 for the month of August that Lisa agreed with because the work had not been completed YET! The courts awarded her ONLY $700 for the months of June & July 2013 (or $350 for EACH month) because of the shoddy living conditions she provided me with - and I got the rest back!

Long and short of the story is that she got the SH**** end of the stick handed right back to her from the very court that she took me to for eviction, and it cost her a pretty penny doing so with court costs, attorneys fees, County Code fines, and then of course the shoddy repair work Richard did.

.....just when she thought that she had sold her problems to her fiances' friend the problems for her were REALLY just starting to multiply. You see, as it turns out, the mold returned to the EXACT spots that Richard had supposedly fixed - ACTUALLY, the MOLD didn't return because it was never treated and taken care of properly in the first place.

January 01, 2014 the new home owner was notified of free standing water on the floor in the same bedroom and in the same areas as before AND when I pulled the dressers away from the wall BLACK MOLD was all over the 3 month freshly painted and new installed drywall.

.....makes one wonder what kind of teachers (Lisa being a teacher for young children in the area) are REALLY out there teaching the next generation, AND it'll make another question the TRUE value in such a so-called friendship....

I have a feeling that we will be meeting in court again someday soon...., BUT the next time I will be on the Plaintiff side of the court room AND they will be named as the Defendants in the court proceedings!

A little word to the wise, ....they would be very wise to hire a very good attorney, and those aren't cheap like they are!


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Renter retaliation against eviction for nonpayment of rent

AUTHOR: Lisa - ()

This renter, Safe, is attempting to live rent free in my rental home. He finally paid the full rent due for May, 2013 only after the 3-day notice was sent. At that time I offered him a large sum to leave the premises of his own free will, but he instead paid the rent due plus late charges.It was about 2 weeks after he paid the May rent that he sent his first letter notifying me of repairs that needed to be made or he was withholding all future rent payments. He refused to pay his June rent payment, so I again issued the 3 day notice. When I didn't receive the rent, I issued a summons for eviction.

The renter claims that he and I had a verbal agreement allowing him to pay 1/2 rent until his lawsuits were settled, but I never discussed this with him and definitely didn't make any agreement with him. The only agreement I had with Mr. Doran, which was in the lease, was to allow him up to 1/2 of the rent each month for preapproved repairs @ $15 an hour. All of this banked time was used up with his April, 2013 payment. I gave him the full $350 credit for April even though he still has approximately $300 worth of repairs still to complete. In addition to this, I foolishly didn't require him to pay a security deposit or first/last months rent.

We have responded to all of his repair requests within a resonable time period, usually within 24 hours. These repairs are often completed on the spot or within a day if possible. Other repairs, such as the windows, are taking longer due to difficulty obtaining someone who knows how to repair them and is available to make these repairs.

I'm definitely not a slumlord or liar as Mr. Doran claims, just a landlord trying to make a living.

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