JULY 2017

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 August 2017 04:03 Written by Paul Tassell Sunday, 13 August 2017 04:03

July has flown by, the weather as to be expected very warm. In the high thirties a lot of the month, mainly thanks to a few calimas.

The complex is busy with owners out for the summer holidays, and august looks set to be a busy month as well.

There will be no committee meetings through August but they will resume again in September.

We wish all of you a good summer

Paul.

 

JUNE 2017

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 July 2017 04:06 Written by Paul Tassell Thursday, 13 July 2017 04:06

June has been and gone, this year is flying by. The weather was very good, a lot of very hot days but a few calimas about that kept the heat in.

We have applied for the licences that are needed to carry out the improvement work on the fencing. This was agreed at the AGM in May, and work will start as soon as we have them.

I was very optomistic that a new tennant had been found for the pool bar but it seems to have gone very quiet again now and it looks like we are going to go through another summer without the bar.

We have again had trouble in the pool area with people bringing large inflatables down to the pool area.                                      The Heights is a residencial complex and as such has a pool licence. This means as there is no lifeguard there is a fenced area around the pool, with a gate which must remain locked. This is to prevent small children being in the pool area without an adult. SMALL swimming aids are allowed for non swimmers, but large inflatables including lilos and large rings are not. Most owners and tennants know these rules by now and are quite within their rights to ask people they see breaking the rules to stop.  These are conditions of our licence as well as being a common sense safety matter and should not be such a problem after all these years.

We have a few apartments with owners who think they can let their apartments to anybody they like and wash their hands of them when their tennants are a total nuisance to the complex. On 2 occasions recently the police were called to an apartment on D1 because of  unruly tennants and when I spoke to the owner he was of the opinion that, he was not here so it is not his problem, I informed him that any owner letting a property long or short term is responsible for their tennants actions and if repeated they would be denounced.

August is nearly here and we look forward to seeing all our regular owners who spend the summer with us and hope for a happy safe amd warm summer at The Heights.

MAY 2017

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 June 2017 11:42 Written by Paul Tassell Sunday, 11 June 2017 11:42

May was very warm, although some days were a little overcast but on the whole it looks like summer is on its way.

By now most of you should have received the minutes of the A.G.M. It was a well attended meeting, where future expenditure for different projects was discussed and decided.

A decalcification system for the Heights, to reduce the amount of calcium was discussed, the cost of installation is very high, more than thirty thousand euros, and the running costs were also high, a lot of people are in favour of the idea in general and so it was decided to try and source cheaper options to bring to the next A.G.M

It was agreed to replace the fencing up both sides of the complex, similar to the fencing at the front, the current fencing has been damaged and cut in various places which has been used for access creating a security risk.

The fencing around the pool will also be replaced with glass and stainless steel which wil eliminate the need for frequent repainting as at the moment. This will be done when we know the position with the pool bar. Once new tennants have been found, we hope we will be able to  work with them to ensure that they adhere to the rules of the complex, that we have a nice family/community bar and they have a successful business.

There was a proposal to change the date of the meeting, this is a tricky one as there is never a time when all owners are present. Many owners have booked their holidays here around the May meeting and perhaps would not find it easy to come at another time, many owners are happy to use their proxy, some of the owners who live here full time do not come to the meeting and some owners have said they would only go to a meeting if they were really concerned about something, some people have said they don´t come because they are happy with the way the complex is run. So it is a very mixed bag but a vote was taken and the meeting remains the third friday in May.

Dogs and cats were again a sore subject and something people feel strongly about. We have repetdly asked people if they let apartments to have a no pets clause. We have on 3 seperate occasions in the last few months informed owners that their tennants dogs were a nuisance and because they have a no pets clause the tennants were given notice and left the complex. We are unable to try and resolve any dog/cat problem if we do not know where the animal originates from. Animals will always be a problem for us and all the other complexes as we cannot ban them (as some people think). If you see a dog off a lead, or fouling on the complex as an owner you can complain to them, or if you know definately the apartment number come to us. We do have good dog owners on the complex but dog owners who do not respect the rules of the complex are showing a complete lack of respect for the committee and every other owner and if they do not like our rules we would be happy to see them move off!!

There were some complaints made about general cleaning of walkways, lifts and garage spaces being used for storage, we don´t accept all the comments never the less we will look into these matters again.

A statemment was made by an owner that this committee waste all the money on big ideas but I can assure you that these are ideas proposed by owners some of which were agreed at the meeting some of which were not. This owner also told the meeting that he represents a lot of discontented owners if this is the case then these owners should come to our fornightly meetings so we can try and resolve there concerns. The AGM is for discussions and decisions affecting the whole community, the fortnightly meetings are for individual issues which can be dealt with were possible there and then.We know there are a few problems but we try to address them as quickly as we can.

I would also like to add that under this committee communnity fees have not been increased for the past 9 years and that everything has been done within budget, property values are at an all time high and many owners of all nationalities are telling us how very satisfied they are with the running of the complex.

This is a longer blog than normal butI feel it is important to get some of these points across and finally a big thank you to all the owners who have supported us over the years

 

 

APRIL 2017

Last Updated on Friday, 5 May 2017 12:08 Written by Paul Tassell Friday, 5 May 2017 12:08

April has been very warm with a little rain towards the end of the month.

The notices have gone out for the A.G.M and you should now have received them either by email, if we have your correct details, or by post. If you have not received them please get in touch with Universal Properties.

If you are unable to attend the meeting please send your proxy back, there is space on the proxy form for you to indicate if you want to leave the meeting date as it is in May or to  change it, and  if so your prefered month.

Once again if have no plans to increase the community fees.

We do want to replace the fencing at the sides of the complex and pool area and  to install an electronic opening system for the main gate which would allow you to open the gate for your visitors via your mobile phone.  This we can do within the current budget.

I would like to thank all owners who have supported myself and the committee over the years and to say that we would like to continue for another year

Paul

MARCH 2017

Last Updated on Sunday, 9 April 2017 01:29 Written by Paul Tassell Sunday, 9 April 2017 01:29

March 2017

The weather through March has been a little cloudy with some quite cold evenings however towards the end of the month the weather got very hot and has continued that way since.

A.G.M May

The 31st of March was the end of the financial year and now Universal Properties are working hard to finalise the accounts and prepare the agenda for the A.G.M on 19th May.

Please make sure we have your up to date email address as Universal will soon be sending the agenda and proxy forms out.

Earlier in the year we were asked by an owner to change the date of the A.G.M, we agreed to have a vote taken on this issue at the A.G.M, we will be asking the question ¨Do you want the Date of the A.G.M changed yes or no if yes your prefered month¨ the majority of owners I have spoken to are happy with the way the question has been worded. A vote will be taken at the meeting and as always proxy forms will be sent with the question on them for those who are unable to attend.

As I explained in last months blog for myself and the majority of the committe changing the date of the meeting is not an issue with us as we live here all year. If it changes we will have to change our financial year and possibly financial payments etc depending on the eventual date, so there is quite a lot of administrative work involved.

The owner who has asked for this change has been knocking on doors and asking people to sign a petition for this change, the committee and myself see no reason for this as he has been told it will be on the agenda, however even though I have asked him on several occasions to stop knocking on doors as it is not necessary and both myself and Universal have had numerous complaints, (many from non english speaking owners who do not know what he is talking about), he is still knocking on doors and refuses to beleive there have been complaints.

PLEASE make up your OWN mind about this, if you want the date of the meeting changed to enable YOU to attend the A.G.M then vote yes and put YOUR  preffered month, If you are happy with the A.G.M staying in May then vote no. Please return your proxy forms as soon as you receive them if you are not attending the meeting.

Pool Bar, The owner of the pool bar continues to have work carried out to comply with current legislation as regards the licence and this week that work should be drawing to a close and the exterior will look a lot tidier and then hopefully it will not be too long before he finds a suitable tennant.

Paul

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