Sunday, October 11, 2015

Condo owners to dump Trump

Trust fund baby and pseudo-populist charlatan Donald Trump is involved in lots of condo deals. Some say that he is no longer a real estate developer in the true sense of the word, and hasn't been since the early 1990s. Now he makes big bucks renting his name for other people's projects, which leads lots of ignorant, gullible rubes to buy in (probably the same dunces who think he'd make a great president).  If things go south and the project never gets built out, and the lawsuits rain down, he just says he was only paid to put his name on the development and has no responsibility. Here's another lawsuit with some troubling allegations:

"The building's residents and condo owners had invested in the namesake, a 70-story waterfront tower along Panama Bay, on the strength of Trump's reputation. But during the four years that Trump Panama Condominium Management LLC had managed the property, Central America's largest building, a team installed by the Trump family was accused of running up more than $2 million in unauthorized debts, paying its executives undisclosed bonuses and withholding basic financial information from owners.
The Trumps had done all of this through fine-print chicanery, the board said. A clause in many residents' purchase agreements prevented them from voting against the Trump company's wishes. That allowed the Trumps to install their top employee as chairman and the residents' representative on the board — even though the Trumps' actual stake in the building's residential area was merely a storage closet on the 15th floor."

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