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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:14 AM

Colorado Springs apartment manager threatens to raise the rent of anyone who voted to re-elect Obama

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
A Colorado Springs apartment manager threatens to raise the rent of anyone who voted to re-elect President Barack Obama.

John Obringer sent out a letter to his tenants at the Casa Adobe Apartments on Wednesday. The letter was addressing cutbacks on staff and maintenance issues.

"Due to the stupidity of the U.S. electorate, the Obama-administration's continued assault on small business is resulting in increased taxes, regulations and mandates that are forcing the management company (B&J Enterprises, Inc.) for Casa Adobe Apartments to modify its operation to survive. This has resulted in layoffs, work-time reductions and decreased pay for workers. Consequently, the business hours are now Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Please plan accordingly ... We are working hard to maintain the field, cleaning and maintenance personnel in place without raising rents, but that too is inevitable due to the upcoming inflation and market forces," writes Obringer.

"If you have any questions, comments or criticisms, please call me. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and Happy Holidays to you and yours," continues Obringer.

Then he added, "BTW: If you voted "Democrat" on Nov. 6, please notify me ASAP so I can raise your rent first to help pay for what you asked for."

http://www.krdo.com/news/Obama-supporters-fear-their-rent-will-rise-after-manager-makes-threats/-/417220/17613718/-/m6i1d0z/-/index.html

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Reply Colorado Springs apartment manager threatens to raise the rent of anyone who voted to re-elect Obama (Original post)
The Straight Story Dec 2012 OP
hobbit709 Dec 2012 #1
Scuba Dec 2012 #2
JHB Dec 2012 #7
Scootaloo Dec 2012 #3
hobbit709 Dec 2012 #4
JHB Dec 2012 #8
sendero Dec 2012 #11
KharmaTrain Dec 2012 #5
Scootaloo Dec 2012 #6
KharmaTrain Dec 2012 #9
GoCubsGo Dec 2012 #10
frylock Dec 2012 #20
tanyev Dec 2012 #12
JustABozoOnThisBus Dec 2012 #13
LWolf Dec 2012 #14
Coyotl Dec 2012 #15
JaneyVee Dec 2012 #16
frylock Dec 2012 #21
Autumn Dec 2012 #22
sinkingfeeling Dec 2012 #17
The Straight Story Dec 2012 #19
slackmaster Dec 2012 #18

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:22 AM

1. Hope he likes explaining a lot of empty apartments to the owners.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:27 AM

2. I've no clue about alternatives in Colorado Springs, but it sounds like it's time to move.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:46 AM

7. Yeah, "I don't care if it's unprofessional, 'cause it's not like you can just move right away"

BTW, company website:

http://www.bjapartments.com/

Since this is a management company, it might be worth looking up who actually owns those properties (i.e., B&J's actual customers).

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:39 AM

3. I'm baffled...

How is it that people who have no idea how to run a business, keep ending up in charge of businesses? Becuase I see about nine damn things wrong there - even without adding in my politics. First and foremost, slashing your business hours and punishing your customers is not a good way to generate income...

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:40 AM

4. Kiss the right asses.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:49 AM

8. As a management company, I don't think the tenants are their actual customers...

...that would be the property owners who they do the managing for.

Still shabby for an outfit that claims "30 years of experience as property management", but the distinction is worth noting. B&J's incentives are not necessarily tenant-centric,

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Response to JHB (Reply #8)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:56 AM

11. Exactly..

... and the actual owners of the property might not find this sort of "management" tenable.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:40 AM

5. And These Increased Taxes And Regulations Are???????

<crickets>

Another doofus throwing a hissyfit cause the world won't spin in his direction. Sucks to be him and sure looks like he sucks at being the "businessman". I'm sure there's a couple of lawyers looking at his statement with stars in their eyes. He (or his bosses) may end up paying far more in legal and settlement costs than they would in whatever modest increases they may encounter. Once again we see that the "party of business" is clueless when it comes to actually managing money...

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Response to KharmaTrain (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:43 AM

6. Something about lease agreements being legally binding contracts, renter's rights...

Stuff like that.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:52 AM

9. The Lawyers Will Love These...

I know in my state you can't arbitrarily raise rent during a lease...you can only do so with a brand new lease agreement. Any breach not only would open the door to lawsuits but also enable those whose rents were raised to move out before their contract is up. As we've seen with others who have thrown these type of tantrums, it's just stupid and costly business.

Cheers...

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 07:56 AM

10. What a dumbass!

This idiot actually thinks people will come out and admit something that will get their rents raised? I hope every last one of his tenants finds a new place to live. Their landlord is mentally ill.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #10)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:56 PM

20. i would do it..

and then dare him to break the lease agreement.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:30 AM

12. I guess he'll also blame Obama if he gets fired over this.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:36 AM

13. He'll blame Obama if the sun rises in the east.

EVERYTHING is Obama's fault.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:48 AM

14. And how does he plan to access that information? nt

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:57 AM

15. I'm going to guess his new job will mean paying rent himself

if he can get a new job after his fiasco of an employment moment.

Maybe a few months of unemployment will show him the light.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 08:58 AM

16. I'd be surprised if anyone in Colorado Springs voted for Obama.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #16)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 01:57 PM

21. my friend lives in the springs..

he voted for Obama.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #16)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:00 PM

22. Be very surprised. I have several friends and family members living

in Colorado Springs and they voted for Obama.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 10:59 AM

17. I would politely ask him just what new tax increases and regulations have happened in the last month

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #17)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:29 AM

19. Maybe we should all start calling there and asking him that & tell him we voted Obama

Would love to hear his head explode lol

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:00 AM

18. That's why its so important that our ballots remain secret.

 

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