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  1. The point here is not being paid. It's whether is it legal for government to contribute to a charity with taxpayer money Lots of other private sector organizations, which do pay their own private money to employees, have to abide by the rules, and get sued by unions, ACLU, etc etc etc If someone else has a serious answer, I'm all ears
  2. Hi! Sorry there's no forum for Government, so b/c it's about workers, I found this one the closest. Is it legal for a local Government to send employees for week(s) to do volunteer work for a charity? The employees get paid by the gov as usual, but instead of reporting to work at their gov job location, they go to the charity place, where they do presentations, speeches, etc IMHO gov shouldn't be playing favorites with organizations nor people at all. So, a big-shot at that local gov selects a charity of his liking to send resources to? Maybe someone's getting a kickback? Maybe this charity under the hood funnels money to a certain political party? Every way I look at it, this practice opens the door to all kind of issues which constitutional government is intended to prevent... Would you please share some light on this? Thank you, Rick
  3. A person who worked for years in the Election Department told me that while working a mostly republican population, and helping seniors vote, she used to "mark whatever candidate she wanted" in the elderly person's ballot after they told her they didn't want to vote for Hillary, "but as they can't see well", she marked Hillary anyways. Isn't that election fraud? Thanks in advance Rick
  4. Hello, I own a townhouse in a community. These are buildings of several townhouse units each, in which each unit shares one or both wall(s) with the neighboring unit(s). The buildings structure are insured by our association. The association takes care of the outside of the property, the common elements, the roofs, exterior walls, etc. I reported damage to the roof that overhangs the rear balcony of my unit. The boards in the underside of this roof were bowing down, presumably from damage due to water leaking from the tiles above. In the image attached, the marked area shows where the wet boards in the roof are bending down, and the wood beam at the end of the roof gets soft every time it rains. After a month of having sent them the explanation and the photos by email, I had to call the Mgmt Co, and a representative from the management company told me on the phone that I had to fix the damage myself b/c they were not going to fix that. That they'd fix the tiles on top but not the boards that are under the tiles b/c according to them that's my responsibility. After almost a year of calling the Mgmt Co. and the HOA pesident they haven't done anything. When it rains, I go outside to the balcony, and check the beam and the boards, and they're soaked in water, so much that I can press my finger into it, and it's like poking a sponge. The last time I talked to the HOA president (around July 20) and warned him that this could collapse, and all the tiles it's supporting could fall from the second floor, and kill somebody, and I asked him to send someone to check it and figure out where is the water getting under the tiles and into the wood, so that could be fixed, and then the wood could be replaced/repaired/whatever. He told me that unless I had water leaking inside my unit they were not fixing anything. Then he played his magic trick... he says: "I have to do something" or "I have another call" and then adds "I'll call you back" and he hangs up and I never hear from him again until I call him again in a few days, and he does the same, listens, says no, and then does his disappearance act and hangs up. I've owned this TH for more than 20 years. I'm always current with my payments, and never bothered the association for anything. Now there's a serious issue, and this is how they respond!? The problem is that even if I were going to fix the wood under the tiles myself it doesn't make sense to do that before the HOA fixes the entry point of the leak in the tiles above the roof, b/c any new wood replaced will get wet again and rotten. I don't know what to do, imagine the corner of the balcony comes crashing down on a neighbor or any person passing by. The Mgmt. Co. tells me to talk to the HOA president, and he's not doing anything. Should I send them a written letter (besides the emails and the pics I've sent them)? Should I go in person? Should I hire a lawyer? Any advice will be greatly appreciated Sincerely, Rick
  5. Hello, I posted this a year ago, and after almost a year of calling the Mgmt Co. and the HOA Pesident they haven't done anything. When it rains, I go outside to the balcony, and check the beam and the boards, and they're soaked in water, so much that I can press my finger into it, and it's like poking a sponge. The last time I talked to the HOA President (around July 20) and warned him that this could collapse, and all the tiles it's supporting could fall from the second floor, and kill somebody, and I asked him to send someone to check it and figure out where is the water getting under the tiles and into the wood, so that could be fixed, and then the wood could be replaced/repaired/whatever. He told me that unless I had water leaking inside my unit they were not fixing anything. Then he played his magic trick... he says: "I have to do something" or "I have another call" and then adds "I call you back" and he hangs up and I never hear from him again until I call him again in a few days, and he does the same, listens, says no, and then does his disappearance act and hangs up The problem is that even if I were going to fix the wood under the tiles myself it doesn't make sense to do that before the HOA fixes the entry point of the leak in the tiles above the roof, b/c any new wood replaced will get wet again and rotten. I don't know what to do, imagine the corner of the balcony comes crashing down on a neighbor or any person passing by. The Mgmt. Co. tells me to talk to the HOA President, and he's hot doing anything. Should I send them a written letter (besides the emails and the pics I've sent them)? Should I go in person? Should I hire a lawyer? Any advice will be greatly appreciated Sincerely, Rick
  6. It's not obvious from that picture, but in the area marked, the boards are broken, and bent down along the line.
  7. Hi, I live in a townhouse community. These are long buildings of 6 units each, in which each townhouse shares a wall with the neighboring unit. The buildings structure are insured by our association. The association takes care of the outside of the property, the common elements, the roofs, exterior walls, etc. I reported damage to the roof that overhangs the rear balcony of my unit. The boards in the underside of this roof were bowing down, presumably from damage to the tiles above. After a month of having sent them the claim and the photos, a representative from the management company told me on the phone that I had to fix the damage myself b/c they were not going to fix that. That they'd fix the tiles on top but not the boards that are under the tiles. This management company is recent, they started with us in January this year. I think they're misinformed. Here are the reasons why I believe the association is responsible to fix: 1) this roof is outside my unit, outside the building 2) those boards under the roof have always been repaired, replaced, and maintained (painted) by the association 3) the previous management companies fixed and painted those boards in the past 4) there is stucco under the roof that overhangs the main entrance door of these townhouses, and the association maintains and repairs it. This stucco is in the same relative position that the broken boards are: they're outside the unit, outside the building, they are the underside of the actual roof Twenty one years paying association fees, never asking for anything, and now a couple of boards broken, and they don't want to do it? Unbelievable! Who should fix this and why? Rick
  8. Thank you adjusterjack, and pg1067 for your help... I learned a couple of things from your explanations :-) I've been busier than usual these days back, had to go a couple of times to the bank, and call a resolution team they have for cases like this. And after 10 days they were able to find statements from 2004 to 2008 for my account. I went thru the transactions highliting the relevant ones, and today I called the management company to make an appointment to go there meet someone who would look at the records, and the person I talked to, told me I didn't have to go there or show them any records, and she cleared my account and told me my balance due was zero now. Boy! Was that unexpected?! The people I talked at the managemnt company before insisted that I had a balance due, and asked me to go there to explain why I thought I didn't owe any months... Oh well I will be asking them for a statement showing that by the end of the month Thank you! Best regards, Rick
  9. Thanks. Ok, so that means an attorney can't help me? And don't they have to go to court to put a lien on a property?
  10. I've lived in a community with a HOA for 20 yrs. In January the HOA hired a new management company. When the previous management company transferred the records to this new one, it seems that the oldest records they have start in January 2008. Somehow in the transfer my account statement from 2008 appears with an initial balance (monthly payments appear due from before Jan 2008). I have automatic/recurring bill pay setup in my bank website since 2000 to pay the HOA, and the check goes out like clockwork. I was a frequent caller to the previous management company to talk to the person in charge of my HOA's account for different reasons, questions, problems, to check if payment for a special assessment had been received, etc. In recent calls I remember asking her if everything was OK with my account, and she said "yes". I never received any communication that anything was owed. I explained that to the new management company, and asked them to tell me the years and months that were due (in order to find proof of payment documentation), but they say they were not given those records, they only have 2008 and after. The old management company told me that by law they can't work or look at my records anymore after they're transferred. This week I received a statement with a coupon to "please pay", but it has no due date. I pay everything on time. In 20 years living here, I have their payments going out by paper check automaticly from the bank. I'm concerned b/c those people can't care less. Does the statute of limitation apply to this kind of debt? In Florida I think it's 4 or 5 years. Can they put a lien on my property? Is the burden of proof on them--as they're claiming that I owe--in this situation? What should I do?
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