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2 months with no heat at Aurora condo
Fox 31 Denver
By Rob Low
31 December 2015
AURORA, Colo. -- An Aurora condominium is ringing in the New Year
without heat. In fact, the Cedar Crest Condominiums at 12245 E. 14th
Avenue haven’t had central heat since at least October 26.
That’s when the city of Aurora received its first complaint from
residents who are still no closer to having their heat restored.
“You don`t think they`re going to let you go through the hardest part
of the winter in freezing conditions,” said Jennifer Bailey who rents a
second floor unit for $700.00 a month.
The 59-year-old tenant says she hasn’t been able to reach her landlord
who lives in Costa Rica but has unilaterally reduced her rent.
“I took $150.00 off so I only pay $550.00 out of the $700.00. I will
continue to pay that until there’s no need for heat anymore so if
that’s March, April, May, rent’s cut,” said Bailey.
Her upstairs neighbors, Sara and Michael Nelson, tell FOX31 Denver
they’re still paying their full rent even though their bedroom is too
cold to use.
“Like you’re in Alaska somewhere,”
“Like you’re in Alaska somewhere,” is how Michael Nelson describes the
cold in his bedroom. He turns his oven on and leaves the door open to
provide extra heat.
The president of the homeowner’s association, Judith Lorraine, said the
problem began when a new boiler was installed. “It blew out the pipes
somewhere underneath the building,” said the 74-year-old who owns one
unit in the complex.
Lorraine said the first bid to fix the pipes was $120,000 dollars. But
she said getting the various owners to cough up a special assessment of
$2,600 dollars for each of the 47 units met with a chilly reception,
“We have owners that own the biggest part of the building that refuse
to do that. They say they`ll pay their share when they sell in 10 or 20
years and that doesn`t help us today. We need the money today.”
a 30-day warning
The city of Aurora says its giving owners a 30-day warning that it plans to inspect the building as one giant code violation.
In a statement the city says it “hopes that the inspection process will
lead the property owners to come together to address the repairs that
need to be made in the best interests of the residents."
HOA president Judith Lorraine has hired an attorney hoping to force a
special assessment on her fellow owners to pay up but that could take
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