Corruption Runs 'HUD' Deep at Kier:
February 18, 2010

Each year...                         

HUD conducts a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection of the building, prior to renewing the housing assistance payments contract for the following year. If the building does not pass the HQS inspection, my contract with HUD would be terminated.

On December 22, 2008, Terri Muchmore from Kier Management, claimed in an email to me, that the building had failed the HUD inspection and needed some repairs, or it would fail the re-inspection and my contract with HUD would be terminated. (right)
                                          The repairs in red were never made.   ------->

A month later, on January 14, 2009 Terri Muchmore from Kier Management, sent me an email containing a list of repairs that were required in order to pass the HUD re-inspection. (below)

Leery of their claims, I asked Kier to send me a list of these repairs.  The list that I received from Kier, was substantial and contained a significant number of tenant caused damages.
According to Kier's lists, NOT ONE of the 14 units in the building, was operating at or above HUD minimum standards, on Dec. 22, 2008  and  January 14, 2009.   
The two lists of repairs that Kier sent to me, are the ones you see above, and at left. Kier refused to make these repairs unless I pre-paid for them..... I did not. Yet somehow, the building miraculously passed the re-inspection and the HUD contract was renewed in 2009. 

2009 / 2010 Failed Inspection

Kier's Imaginary "Pre-Inspection

Soon after taking over the building form Kier on December 1, 2009, I discovered that almost none of the repairs noted on Kier's lists from 2008, had ever been fixed!
According to HUD rules and regulations: If a property fails to meet HUD-Housing Quality Standards, the property owner is afforded time (usually 30-days) to effect the needed repairs, or risk the reduction or cancellation of the subsidy contract.

2010 / 2011 - HQS INSPECTION
A few short weeks after my contract with Kier had terminated, it came time for the 2010 / 2011 HUD-HQS Inspection. I made sure I was present for the inspection, so in case the building did not pass, I could have the required repairs made immediately.... 
The HUD inspector arrived on February 18, 2010 and after a very thorough inspection, she promptly failed the building, citing among other deficiencies, every single item that appears in red, on the lists of repairs that Kier had sent me (above)The only difference? ... I manage the building now... NOT Kier.
  • According to Kier, the building failed the 2009 HUD-HQS pre-inspection. (FYI: There is no such thing as a HUD  pre-inspection)
  • Data from the 2010 / 2011 inspection confirms that Kier never made any of the repairs that were cited in the 2009 / 2010 inspection. (The items in red on the lists above). 
  • Kier refused to make the required 2009 repairs unless I paid for them up front.  (I did not) 
  • Miraculously, just weeks after failing the inspection, the building passed the re-inspection and the contract was renewed for 2010/2011. 
During the 2010 / 2011 inspection, not only were the same items cited again by the same HUD inspector, she also cited me for the enormous amount of pigeon droppings that had been accumulating on every horizontal surface of the building since I hired Kier.  I was also cited for the presence of dry-rot along some of the eaves. Dry-rot that was caused by Kier's failure to remove those pigeon droppings, even though Kier charged me for doing the work, several times per year.

  • Kier failed to make the repairs that were required by the 2009 / 2010 Inspection, yet the building passed and the contract was re-newed anyways... (Hmmm)
  • For 4 years, Kier maintained an enormous health hazard, that placed every single resident of the building at risk of contracting several, serious and potentially fatal diseases, yet they were never cited for it by HUD inspectors... (Hmmm)
  • Kier was never cited by HUD inspectors, for the dry-rot along the eaves of the building, that I discovered was caused by their failure to do any preventative maintenance at the building, as required by paragraph 10 of our contract...!!!

On December 1, 2009, I began to self manage the building and was immediately cited by OHA/HUD inspector, Angela Pender for everything that HUD looked the other way for with Kier, for the previous 4 years, including the unit deficiencies that Kier had been cited for and  had allegedly made in 2009, but never did.

Between 2005 and 2009, HUD and their inspectors routinely looked the other way and repeatedly renewed this subsidy contract, while allowing Kier to maintain the building in the filthy, dangerous, and deplorable conditions that have been so clearly documented in the pages of this Blog.

HUD and the Ogden Housing Authority never even issued so much as a warning to Kier...

I, on the other hand, was immediately cited for those same deficiencies and was given a scant 3 months to make the repairs, under the threat of the cancellation of my contract...

                       .....NICE HUH?
  Their business is...
   giving you the business.

UPDATE: 03/09/13
Evidently, Kier has no problem letting their tenants in Denver, commit HUD Fraud. They don't even have a problem with knowing about it and allowing to continue...but why would they?  HUD thinks the folks at Kier are heroes, and well above doing anything so unethical. 

I received the message below on my "Kier Corp's CrapFacebook Page about one of Kier's tenants in Denver, Colorado, who is receiving housing assistance AND food stamps, while allegedly operating a makeshift convenience store out of her apartment.  It's not the first time I've heard reports about this person. Reportedly, Kier knows about it also.  Click on the image to see it full size.