Shelby Woods North Condos Complaint - Beware of Shelby Woods North Condos. Do your research.
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN -- In April of 2010, I moved into a condo in Shelby Woods North which is located on the North side 22 mile rd just West of the of the Van Dyke expressway in Shelby Township, MI 48317. I was told I was moving into a quite private rd condo community. In the short 6 months I have been there it has been a nightmare to say the least. I purchased the condo in April of 2010 at $140,000, six months later they are for sale for as low as $78,000. The remainder of the condos that are going up along the highway where rezoned to apartments without notice to the current condo owners. The board of Shelby Township and the contractor had a behind closed door meeting to do a consent to judgment to the deed. The condo owners found out through a newspaper article. A new road is also being added to connect to the new development off of 23 mile rd to our condos on 22 mile rd. This will allow traffic from 23 mile rd to get to 22 mile rd through the once private road condos. Right after I bought the condo the bank that was financing the builder was seized by FDIC and shut down. The builder Joe Caradonna himself filed bankruptcy. Since I moved into the condo 6 short months ago, I have a master bathroom out of service and half torn apart due to major water damage from the shower. The contractors screwed through the shower pan. The water rotted out the wood to the seat in the shower, caused mold to grow along the entire molding in the adjacent closet. The carpet in the adjacent closet was ruined from water damage. The drywall in the shower rotted out. The builder has now just begun to have contractors work on the shower after being notified more than 2 months ago. I have e-mail after e-mail asking them to do something before the shower got worse. They did not and it got worse. My attached garage floods on rainy days due to a bad slop from the driveway. I cannot exit my side door to the outside or the spare bathroom door without yanking very hard on the doors to open them. The security lights on the outside of the building my condo unit is in were turned off over a month ago leaving it pitch black outside at night. This is a major security risk to my family, the condo and our vehicles. As such, our cars and building were shot up with paintballs. A police report was made. The management company Casa Bella is stating the builder is taking care of it and the builder is stating the management company is taking care of it. It’s been over 4 weeks. I have filed a complete against the builder against the builder Joe Caradonna to the State of Michigan and to Shelby Township. I have complete support from the Shelby Township building director who has been out to the condo on 4 occasions now. I would advise anyone looking at these condos to do their research. You can read exerts from the Shelby township meetings from 8-17-10 and 9-7-10 at shelbytwp.org. I have spent a lot of money in attorney fees fighting these issues. I also have lost a lot of money having to be at the condo dealing with these headaches instead of being with my clients. The first set of condos was built 3 years ago. A majority of the owners have had major repair problems. Some owners are still waiting for repairs 3 years later. The up keep on the outside of the condos including landscaping has been terrible. The wetlands have over grown onto the condos landscape. The grass gets cut once every 3 to 4 weeks. Weeds are everywhere. The entire project is and has been a complete mess.
I had posted this back in Oct of 2010. On Tuesday Feb 22nd, I was asked by the contractor to remove my posting. He said I was costing him deals. He said he had a cash buyer who backed out due to my article. I asked him how I can remove the truth when I am still waiting to have repairs done to my condo. The electrical in the kids room keeps going out daily yet all we have in their room is a computer and a TV. The contractor said this was DTE's fault but he would get his electrician out right away to fix it. This was in agreement if I removed my post onmy3cents. I did remove the post that day and almost a week later I have yet to hear from an electrician. The funny part is that the contractor said his electricians are out at these buildings dialy working on the new builds. I also e-mailed the main office to let them know and have yet to hear anything. So I am reposting this to give potential buyers a heads up to do their homework. I wish I would have done mine.
Please ask any of the condo owners how they feel about the complex. Ask them about their headaches. Please do your research.
We keep on getting told things will change and get better yet they keep staying the same. I was just informed that there is no FHA approval for the complex. There once was but now it seems it has been removed.
We just had a major snow storm last week. They plowed the snow but did not apply any salt. Everything became ice. They also plowed snow around our vehicles and left it up to us to shovel the cars out. What do we pay association for.
Please do your research. Utilize the internet for articles and reports. Visit condo owners and ask questions. Many of us will show you our headaches.