CONDO SERFS tells the true story of the tumultuous life in a multi-use condominium complex and urges the reader to heed the caveat emptor warning as part of a search for a condo home of one’s dreams or a rewarding investment.
The author, Dr. Heinz Dinter, explains the purpose of the publication sequel: “Someone’s first-hand experience is always a useful guide and the booklets’ intent is to be such a guide. It’s for your peace of mind.”
As a condo dweller, Dr. Dinter shared his research with fellow condo dwellers in newsletters and other writings, uncovered the successor developer’s ironclad ever-lasting control over the unit owners and abuses, and as a result suffered the ire of those he exposed for their wrongdoings.
The recent AARP acknowledgement that problems exist in condominiums with homeowner associations and asking state legislatures to pass laws protecting owners from abusive boards is a significant step toward protecting condo dwellers. The 10-point bill of rights to protect owners constitutes a major contribution by the AARP to assure the peace of mind of homeowners.
“This is very good news,” said state representative Julio Robaina, R-Miami. With 2.7 million AARP members in Florida, legislators will have to pay attention, the champion of unit owners said. “By 2010, 40 percent of the population of Florida will live in a condo or homeowner association environment,”
The AARP’s efforts, however, do not directly address the exploitive relationships created by developers who are exacting unearned tributes from homeowners.
Legendary Miami developer Tibor Hollo described his vision in 1988: “It was the developer’s task to recreate urbia. Not only Gropian (Bauhaus) buildings, office buildings, but also endowing those buildings with more than just one cycle of life working here.” He began to build in the late sixties what he called multi-use buildings. “And it started to emerge what I thought was the prototype of tomorrow,” he explained.
“I think this will be an acceptable lifestyle for this generation and the generation to come,” the visionary developer philosophized.
The 24-page booklet, CONDO SERFS, is available at www.GrandLifestyle.com. Quantity purchases — including customization with special logos and messages — are available. A blog at www.condomonium.blogspot.com discusses the tribulations and triumphs of condo ownership. For more information, please contact the author at HDinter@GrandLifestyle.com or phone 305-859-9695. Dr. Dinter urges those with similar experiences to contact him for possible inclusion in a future Condo*monium sequel. The author is a Miami-based online publisher at www.GrandLifestyle.com.