The links below, will take you to YouTube videos
that clearly show what caused the damage to the building.
I bought the landmark Peery Apartments in 2005 and hired Kier to manage and maintain the property, not only because I live out of state, but because Kier had owned the building for nearly two decades prior and had significantly rennovated the property, in order to obtain the HUD contract on it.
Initially, after making some visits to the property during the first year or so, I determined, with a few exceptions, that Kier was adequately caring for the building and that everything was running smoothly, as they claimed it was. I realize now, that my mistake was in notifying Kier that I was coming, rather than making my visits a surprise.
In 2009, Kier Management notified me that they were electing to terminate our contract. I traveled to Ogden with the intent of hiring another management company, but when I arrived at the building, I found it to be severely run down and in a serious state of disrepair, in stark contrast to the way I was led to believe it was being maintained by Kier Management employees.
statement provided by their attorney, Kier admitted that the soffits were damaged at one time, but they were repaired/replaced in 2003, two years before I bought the building. That is all I am going to say about Kier's neglect and mismanagement of the property. Anyone who is truly interested in those facts, is welcome to browse the pages of this Blog to see it for themselves. There is a listing of posts by topic on the right hand side of this page.
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Unit Condition After Kier Management
Building Condition After Kier Management
In January 2014, the building was cited by the Ogden Housing Authority, for the damage to the soffits along the building's roofline and gave me 30-days to have it repaired. Because a significant part of the repairs were paint related, which requires consistent temperatures above 50 degrees, I asked the Ogden Housing Authority for an extension to complete the repairs.
The Ogden Housing Authority granted my request and allowed me until the beginning of April to complete the repairs, still placing the deadline at a time when temperatures were mostly below 50 degrees.
At around this same time, the Ogden Housing Authority stopped paying the rents on several of the occupied units, despite being notified repeatedly that the building was my only source of income and without income, I would not be able to afford the cost of the repairs
To further reduce my income, the Ogden Housing Authority started preventing me from renting our vacant units by refusing to send us any new applicants for more than 5-months, while the fully refurbished units stood empty. Ogden Housing then required me to have a lead based paint inspection done, by a state certified inspector, even though Ogden Housing had already made a determination, in writing, that lead paint was present, making the inspection a very costly and needless expense.
Unable to reason with Ogden Housing, I took the matter up with the HUD Field Office in Denver, CO. At which time I pointed out that the eaves and soffitss would have been repared long ago, had it not been for serious departures and deviations from HUD program rules, made by the Ogden Housing Authority, with regard to Kier's management of the property, which ultimately cost me many thousands of dollars. Money that could have been better used to make the required repairs.
HUD quickly realized that without income, I would not be able to make the repairs and they asked the Ogden Housing Authority to start sending us applicants again. HUD also advised them to stop preventing us from renting our vacant apartments. However, the issues of housing misconduct, that I brought to their attention, were apparently swept under the rug and never addressed, beyond HUD asking the Ogden Housing Authority if the allegations were true.
The loss of income from being prevented from re-renting our vacant units, combined with the 4-occupied units that Ogden Housing stopped making the assistance payments on, caused me to fall so far behind, that I could not recover from the losses and still make the repairs in the time Ogden Housing allotted me.
Ordering me to make repairs and then knowingly cutting off and/or reducing my only source of income, falls far short of the claims the Ogden Housing Authority made in the article, about working so closely with owners to get repairs made, which they would certainly have a hard time proving, given the facts of this case.
The risks associated with lead based paint have been known for many years. In fact, the manufacture of lead paint was banned in this country, some three decades ago. According to reports that HUD publishes, the highest risks are to children under 6-years of age, and pregnant women. Of the 11-remaining households in my building, only one falls into those high risk categories.
If the health threat to tenants in those high risk groups was suddenly so dire, why did the Ogden Housing Authority only choose to stop paying the rents for the families in those groups, rather than requiring them to move out of the building, for their own protection? Evidently, HUD doesn't really care if tenants live in hazardous conditions, just as long as they're not paying for it.
If the risk suddenly becaume so great, that the Ogden Housing Authority was compelled to stop paying the rents on some units, and prevent me from renting my vacant units, then why were they not compelled to do so for the last 5-years, knowing that the damage was equally outside the acceptable limits in 2009?
If, after allowing the damage to go un-cited and unmentioned for 4-years, the Ogden Housing Authority suddenly decided that it needed to be repaired, then where is the logic in cutting off my only source of income, knowing that it would prevent me from making the repairs?
Because the Ogden Housing Authority didn't want the repairs to get done.
During the 2009 HUD-HQS Inspection, the building was cited for a long list of deficiencies that Kier refused to correct, unless I paid for the repairs up front with my credit card. Because I had already suspected that Kier was misappropriating money, I told them that I would not just arbitrarily give them my credit card number, until they gave me an actual dollar amount for the repairs. Despite their repeated promises, Kier never gave me that number and I never gave them my credit card number, and according to Kier, the repairs were not made.
Surprisingly, some weeks later, I received a letter in the mail, notifying me that the building had passed inspection and the contract would be renewed.
The real surprise however, didn't come until the following year, during the 2010 HUD-HQS Inspection, when I discovered that the 2009 deficiencies were never corrected, yet somehow the HUD contract got renewed. Even more surprising was that the same deficiencies were cited again. The only difference between then and now is that when Kier failed to make required repairs within the time they were allotted, the Ogden Housing Authority did not terminate the HUD contract. Instead, they signed off on repairs that were not made and renewed the contract with HUD. Now, how do you suppose that happened?
To see more on this HUD-HQS Inspection fraud- CLICK HERE
It's hard to believe that it was simply coincidence that led the Ogden Housing Authority to begin their quest to terminate our HUD contract, citing the things I had posted on the Internet about them, at the exact same time that Kier Management filed a lawsuit against me, also citing the things I had posted on the Internet about them, such as...
Corruption Runs HUD Deep / Kier's Disapproved Lease / OHA / HUD Program Problems
In the article, Kier Management tried playing the victim, stating that I owed them money, which they so graciously chose not to sue me for. What they didn't say, was that the reason they did not sue me, was because from the beginning, they were in constant breach of our contract, and the overwhelming amount of documentation stored on this Blog and our Facebook Page shows that they not only breached our contract, but they also neglected the building and failed to maintain it per the terms of our contract.
Kier also claimed that I have been badgering them. The badgering they refer to is the posting and sharing of the information on this Blog on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. in an attempt to keep other property owners who might also be in a similar situation, informed on things to look for that might indicate their properties are being mismanaged.
Finally, Kier stated that I posted the Social Security numbers of their President and Vice President on the Internet. What they didn't say, was that those numbers were obtained from fraudulent bank documents relating to accounts that Kier opened in my name, using a phony driver's license number and other phony identifying information about me. Given that they used phony information about me to open the accounts, I had no reason to think that any of the information on the bank documents was valid, including their Social Security numbers, which I immediately removed from the Internet once I became aware of it.
More on this topic can be found at:Wells Fargo Bank Fraud
The Ogden Housing Authority was also aware that upon failing the 2009 HUD-HQS Inspection, Kier Managment did not correct the deficiencies cited in the time they were allotted. In fact, they never made the repairs at all, yet somehow, they were able to get the OHA/HUD inspector to sign off on repairs that were never made and got the contract renewed. I know this to be true, because the same deficiencies were cited again during the HQS Inspection the following year.
- THE OGDEN HOUSING AUTHORITY TERMINATED MY CONTRACT WITH HUD, BECAUSE I FAILED TO CORRECT DEFICIENCIES CITED DURING THE 2014 HUD-HQS INSPECTION OF THE BUILDING, IN THE TIME I WAS ALLOTTED
- CONVERSELY, AFTER THE 2009 HUD-HQS INSPECTION, THE OGDEN HOUSING AUTHORITY VIOLATED HUD RULES BY FAILING TO TAKE THE SAME ACTION AGAINST KIER PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, AFTER THEY FAILED TO CORRECT THE DEFICIENCIES CITED DURING THE 2009 HQS INSPECTION, IN THE TIME THEY WERE ALLOTTED.
- THE OGDEN HOUSING AUTHORITY'S OWN INSPECTOR SIGNED OFF ON THE 2009 LIST OF DEFICIENCIES AS BEING CORRECTED, WHEN THEY HAD CLEARLY NOT BEEN ADDRESSED, MAKING IT NOTHING SHORT OF HUD FRAUD WHEN THE CONTRACT WAS RENEWED.
- UNBELIEVABLY, THE OGDEN HOUSING AUTHORITY STILL INSISTS THAT THERE IS NO CORRUPTION OR MISCONDUCT WITHIN THEIR AGENCY, AND THE TERMINATION OF MY HUD CONTRACT WAS NOT THE RESULT OF RETALIATION, CORRUPTION OR MISCONDUCT ON THEIR PART.
In exchange for voluntarily leaving the Program, the Ogden Housing Authority promised my tenants Housing Choice Vouchers. The Housing vouchers entitle the tenants to choose any place they want to live, with some exceptions. According to a letter the tenants received from the Ogden Housing Authority, the housing they find must not exceed the dollar amount set by the Housing Authority, including the cost of their utilities. The place they choose must also pass a housing inspection, and it CAN NOT be the Peery Apartments. The voucher also entitles the tenants to pay their own utilities, (which are currently included in the lease under the current Program) and to take on additional expenses, like significantly higher security deposits and amenities like internet and wi-fi, in addition to their moving expenses which they did not ask for,or want.
Today is January 31st, the last day that Ogden Housing will pay my tenant's rent, yet many of them have not been able to find other housing yet, and are still living in the building. This, despite notifying Ogden Housing that my tenants had been misinformed during their January 8 meeting and asking them to clarify their requirements with them, which they did not do, further supporting that the misinformation was intentional. Unlike the Ogden Housing Authority, I will not throw my tenants out on the street in the middle of winter, nor will I ask them to leave until I am certain that they have found a viable housing alternative and are in no danger of becoming homeless.