I spent almost a month in Utah, attempting to straighten out the mess that Kier had made of the building and to make any repairs that I could. During that time, I discovered that, aside from herself and her 4 children, the tenant in unit #14 was also housing her 2 nephews and her boyfriend, without the Landlord's permission, or OHA authorization, which violated the terms of her lease. I also discovered that this tenants nephews, were systematically disabling or destroying the building's security systems, in order to give their friends and members of the O13 gang, access to the building. They had also spray-painted numerous O13 gang insignias on and around the building and had carved gang related graffiti into the building's 100 year old stairwell banisters and woodwork.
These unauthorized occupants had also vandalized or destroyed most of the closed circuit, security cameras that were located in and around the building. They had also destroyed the magnetic security lock to the north lobby and had broken a large window in the north lobby's entry door. All of this was going on, right under Kier's nose and they totally unaware of any of it. In fact, the security lock on the north lobby door had been inoperable for more than 3 months, exposing the tenants to the danger of anyone having access to the building, yet Kier was completely oblivious to it all.
In just the first few days of my stay, I had the 5 broken windows replaced in unit #1 and had the carpets cleaned and the unit painted and ready for rental again. It took Kier over 2-months just to get it looking like the mess in that earlier video ?
The following pictures are transcripts of Statements made by the Residents.
The tenant in unit #10 had been complaining that her refrigerator was leaking water onto her food and ruining it for years. She told me that she had started notifying Kier about it in writing, since she began living there. Fortunately, she had kept copies of those letters to Kier which you see here.
This easy fix sounded too good to be true and I later discovered, it was... This thermostat system had ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE OF WORKING!
cost me nearly $6,000. but never had a snowball's chance in hell, of working.
Throughout my stay, I continued to try and untangle the mess that Kier had made of my building. The next thing on my list was to change the billing address for the gas, electric and water utilities, as well as for the trash collection service.
This proved to be a disastrous endeavor. I called the utilities to effect the change, only to find out that these accounts were not even in my name! It seems that Kier had initiated these services and opened the accounts, in their name, back in 1987 when they bought the building and performed the rehab on it. These accounts have remained open and in effect, in Kier's name ever since.
I returned to California a few weeks later, to find Questar Gas bills for every single property that Kier was managing, in my mailbox.
Questar had assumed that Kier was moving to California and sent all of their gas bills to their new address.... 21 bills in all.
What I found out during the rest of this process is that, although there was over $7,000 in the building's checking account, Kier was more than 2 months behind in paying the Questar Gas, Allied Waste and Ogden City Utilities bills among others, choosing to write 3 checks to themselves for over $6,900 instead of paying these bills.