Tremont/Stature/University Complaint - Homebuilder makes Homeless in Houston
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- It is one thing to be made homeless by an act of God like Katrinia.. but is entirely different when it is by an act of greed.
Our Builder has a list of companies they hide from responsiblity under. The city of Houston has a list of many of these companies and refuses to enter into contracts with them.
This builder's three cohorts are: Jorge Casimiro,Thomas Thibodeau, and Armad Al Banna
Jorge Casimiro sits on the Harris County Housing Authority to help the authority build for the poor and elderly a direct conflict of interest says the city council.
Tremont and friends have been thrown out of the Better Business Bureau and used on the BBB bulitin as the poster child for bad business.
Tremont and Casimiro made People Magazine's, May isssue,"under Contractors from Hell."
This same group of renegade builders were exposed in a seven page article in Mother Jones Magazine, August 2005 issue.
Same men were fired by the city of Bunkerhill attempting to build a police station. The bond company had to take over, after they were 7 months behind and had $120,000 worth of mold remediation. See Houston Chronicle 2/14/02
They have filed Judgements against them they have not paid,as well as leins and unpaid subcontractors.
They built our 44 town homes realized they were building so fast that they had been built with little supervision. The roofs were faulty, water was filling the walls, ceilings were falling out and showers were protruding from the walls and mold grew inside and outside the walls. They used my home as an example in the lawsuit, Stature v Astec Roofers. They sued the roofer hoping we wouldn't find out. ALll the while, shucking and jiving, as we were left with repairs to our new homes some as much as $150,000. SOme of us went into bankrupsey, foreclosure, financial ruin and fled to apartments or found other places to live.
We will never recopver from what they have been allowed to do to us.
We have no recourse some of us had arbitration clauses in them. Five who did not have arbitration clauses have been tied up in the courts for nearly 2 years. Their legal team is expert at denial, deflections and deception.They have had much practice defending the nidefencable see civil court under the companys names as well as the individuals. These lawyers strut and preen and refute as evidence amounds they shake off their shoes and go after any homeowner that dares to confornt the builder.
See Luke v Stature SIngle mother of two forced into bankrupsey to pay for arbitration. Arbitration which is not faster, cheaper or fairer. It does not have to abide by the rules of law and is held in secret behind closed doors,yet is upheld by the courts. Ask Keith Kidderman, he had to spend $100,000 just to get though mediation with... the Demented collection agency called the American Arbitration Ass ociation and these builders Terribly defective home,his dogs hair fell out they got sick, water poured in ... floors and ceilngs and decks were removed, mold grew. You can't ask him, he is under a gag order. That is an all to frequent occurance. I have pictures. The american Arbitratiion Association is for repeat offenders they continue to pay the fees to keep themselves out of a fair trial. The conumer after one trip thee rarely can afford or gualify for another home. Many like the kiddermans leave the state.
Forecloure rates have doubled in Houston and that is not an accurate court. Bottom feeder investors offer you no foreclousre on your record if you will sign your power of attorney over to them. They then negociate with the lenders to buy your house cheaper than you can. You have no forecloure on your credit report but you are homeless and finaciallly ruined. This was offered to us in many letters,offers we kept.
We chose not to do this because our mold reports had high contents of toxic mold even in the A/c and duck work, as well as growing up out of wet walls,ceilings and sheet rock. Mold grew behind the pictures and TVs,even in the pantry. Our Doctors told us to evqcuate immediatly. Afer 29 months of begging the builder to make things right,we were forced to evacuate because of heatlh issues, dining rooom ceiling collaps, shower protusion, buckled hardwood floors, ankle deepwater in the yard and water showing in 7 different walls, rotted studs and wall board,water running out of the windows on to carpet, floors and even catching in the tub. We battled a flooded yard, the builder and their numerous excuses... with upside down windows leaking,before their eyes.
Mr Thibodeau told me he did not buy houses back,he only sold them, and that his lawyers would be in touch and they would take care of us in arbitration. An out, that has worked numerous times before.
I protested another of their new wmpty properties and they filed on me in arbitration with in two weeks, I continued to protest every weekend alone for over 9 months. And they made sure I suffer their toments from hell becasue I would not shut up and go away.
We refused to cover up and patch our new home and dump it on someone else.It is anginst the law for a person,seller to do that to a buyer??? Yet my builder not only did it... he admitted he knew how bad our homes were they year before he sold them to us. He said this in the sworn testimony in Stature v Astec roofers in Judge McCorkle's court open records I have copies of the testimoney where they constanly refer to the condition of my house.
Our Home went into foreclosure on Jun 7,2005. This home that was apprasied at $408,000 the day we bought it fetched not one bid at auction with the opening bid of $350,000. Our home was vacant for over a year. It was sold by Centurey 21 excel listed with no known defects. It sold for $287,000. I fear an investor bought it because I went by and wnet inside and they had pinted over the black mold on the walls and sanded it off the wood work, repaired the sheet rock, and put in a new shower. Yet 7 windows, I opened had enough water in the cils I could splash it with my hand?
We are senior citizens living in an apartment, our credit is ruined and we were dismissed from arbitation. After being dismissed, we thought we would now be able to exercise our seventh amendment rights, to a trial by jury. But it was not to be.
We have now had, 4 hearings in front of District Judge Kent Sullivan. Our builder has petitioned the court to compel us back into arbitration. If the judge does not do as they wish they have said, they will appeal. They have the money to do this to us but refuse to pay judgements. We have been dragged though an unbelievable nightmare in the last three years and no one will help us. Many still do not believe it can happen to them.
Even though many in other subdivisions built by the same incompetence, hava gone to the Attorney General with u,s to AUstin, we were referred back to Houston AG. Houston office says they have neither the time or staff to look into it.
Do not say, go to the Texas Residential Construction Commision. Their laws are retrocactive on the consumer back to 1993 but they can not enforce laws on bad builders that were not in exsistance, when they commited the acts? Catch22