My trouble began on my date of move in June 16, 2010, it was then a leak was discovered in the parkway area of my home running down the road to the driveway entrance forming a large pond. the water was flowing at a rate of five gallons per minute, filling the water covered areas entirely and going beneath my home. At closing I was required to pre-pay $228.00 per month for the use of water. I was directed to the home of Lorna Baxtor and then redirected to Community Management Inc. Jed Spera. I was told to call a plumber, I did so plumber #1 determined it to be a city issue and I was told to call the Portland Water Bureau. Upon giving my address she said "Oops that's a special place you will nedd to call your HOA. I did so again and was told to call a plumber. Plumber #2 arrived gave a repair quote of $200.00-$300.00 and determined it to be the responsibility of the HOA. He phoned Jed to get authorization for repair this was denied as he now stated it had to be D&F Plumbing. I phoned D&F Plumbing and was told Big John the only plumber whom knew the set-up was out on a family emergency with an unknown date of return. I informed Jed of this and called another plumber, plumber #3 arrived gave a repair quote of $200.00-$300.00 and also determined it to be the responsibility of the HOA. He also phoned Jed for authorization it was denied. Plumber #3 told me to let D&F do the repair , watch the job, and if it is determined to be my responsibility to call him and he would get a mediator out. Big John arrived on June 29, 2010 intending to use tape and sleeve for repair when questioned he went and bought a clamp for $10.00, also needed were water covers he took one from a vacant home the other he purchased for $50.00. Big John went and brought Lorna Baxtor to my home and stated to her it is the responsibility of the HOA for repair. Eight months later a special board meeting was held and it was deemed to be my responsibility. As I inquired about it I was told they have power to deem it on me and it is perfectly legal and there is nothing you can do it about it. The cost of the repair $1345.00 which has now grown to $4500.00. During my thirteen days with no water usage I incurred great costs and damages. Two accidents occurred due to this my 85lb. dog fell into the crawl space where a sump pump was being used to remove water from beneath my home. My two year old granddaughter fell into the area where water covers should have been neck deep in water, i pulled her out thank god. I have discovered many other issues related to this that are still occurring today. This community had water and sewer lines that had been leaking for years resulting in a past due water bill of over $100,000.00. Once you buy a home you unknowingly and unwillingly are obligated to assist in repayment of this and the past due repair bill owed to D&F Plumbing, although the rates charged are five times more than other qualified plumbers. My final discovery The LID II project planned for the area, but never disclosed, this has resulted in every owner being charged $17,000.00 with more to come. This HOA and the many other players it has contracted with have not performed the level of service one would expect. HOA's have a common area, this area well before I moved in has been fenced and locked preventing any access, except to the owners whoms homes adjoin this area this had given some owners the opportunity to extend their properties without any permission or notification of anyone, They also fail to maintain this area as the grass is neck high. The attorney has filed many suits upon owners, and he will call and offer a settlement, his offer reduction of attorney fees by 25% and will further state that if it goes to court he will win. This has and will displace many owners, I feel they have a responsibility to have applied for grants to fund this project rather than imposing great debt onto low income owners, The water bureau was aware of this issue, why would they allow it to continue to such a large amount being owed and not do the repairs. The condition of the water and sewer lines removed and new ones placed, I wonder as to why anyone was allowed to occupy or buy a home with such sub-standard utilities in place for use. None of this was disclosed prior to my purchase , and now I have acquired great debt unwillingly and have potentialy unknowingly endangered my entire families health by using water flowing through pipes that were broken, leaking, swollen, rusted and corroded picking up any other elements beneath the ground. I have attempted to resolve many of these issues , although no one is willing to respond or address it. the Attorney Genaral Office did reply back stating they prefer to act upon wrong doing occurring on a larger scale than just that of a homeowner with a HOA. I cant believe any of this I guess I truly am in a special place, too bad I dont feel too special.
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