Saturday, February 21, 2015

I Hate NN Jaeschke and You Should Too

I #hatennjaechke for not fixing this flood.
What is social media if not the worst parts of Junior High, neighbors and Facism? Shit! We might as well be talking about my fucking stupid Condo Association -- and the stupid fucking management company they hired to "manage" the property - NN Jaeschke, Inc.

I would like to use social media to get all my friends to hate them. Hate NN Jaeschke. Or, if you're going to do the Social Media thing: #hatennjaechke.  Why hate? Because...

At my Condo Association, this is the way they "solve" problems
  1. Deny responsibility
  2. Grudgingly accept proof of responsibility
  3. Disclaim responsibility going forward
  4. End communications after project finishes but before satisfaction is reached
Your example can be the four floods I had in my own condominium (two of which could have been prevented with fast action by my management company, NN Jaeschke). But Noooooo! They were too busy denying, grudging, disclaiming and not communicating to solve our first flood when the second one happened -- in the same place for the same reason! It's no wonder I hate NN Jaeschke or, on Social Media, I #hatennjaeschke.

People who are not beholden to condominium associations don't have a clue as to the personal hell it can be if you get a bad board member or a bad person at your association's management company.  At NN Jaeschke, two of the three people I've conversed with (or 66%!) are DGDEs.  Degedes are the worst kind of people thrust into the perfect jobs for the type: they seem to save money for their company and, by extension, the associations they manage.

But if you believed that, you would be dumber than 66% of the people I have encountered at NN Jaeschke.  Degedes cause more trouble because they don't accept that there is a problem.  And they do this so roundly and so completely that many other problems sprout from the one they're DGDE-ing all over.

For those of you who don't have a condominium (or if you're part of the problem over at NN Jaeschke), let me explain.  Condominiums are owned both individually and in common by the owners who make up the membership of a nonprofit organization set up to manage them.  For example, I own and am responsible for everything in my condominium from the paint out and the association is responsible for the drywall in; the framing, plumbing, etc.  The association should also take care of more easily-definable common areas like pools, walkways, trash containers, etc. and we pay collectively into a fund that is used to (never properly) manage the complex.

Setting aside the above recipe for fraud to focus, instead, on the kinds of people who let fraud occur, think about this: Because it would be cumbersome (even in the digital age) to have every member weigh in on every concern, associations elect board members, from within the owner-membership, to make decisions for the whole.  This might not always have been a problem, but now, the kinds of people who end up on boards fall into one of four categories: 1. people who genuinely care but whose voices cannot be heard among the cacophony of the other types; 2. people who have a particular ax to grind; 3. people who are power mad or otherwise unbalanced; 3. real estate agents, who are usually multiple-condo owners; and 4. investors who don't live in the complex but own one or more of the units.  
Add to this the person who usually runs the meeting, the management company shill, and the way the numbers work out is this: investors, real estate agents, and ax-grinders (who are in the majority) do not have the best interests of the association or its membership in mind when voting or making policy.  This means power mad people and people who want what's really good for the community (and who often get mistaken for each other) are in the minority.  The association manager, whom I call the company management shill, only wants what's in the best interest of the management company -- and that is rarely, if ever, in line with what's actually good for anyone.

The final piece in the Condominium Association puzzle is this: no single person, whether condo owner, renter or government regulator, can cobble together even one tenth of one percent of one fuck to give about any of it. So horrible things get done for no good reason, megalomaniacs gain control of boards, regular owners steer clear, and asshole companies like NN Jaeschke can shit all over people in the name of profits.

Government regulators, the ones who regulate nonprofis (allegedly public benefit) organizations, do not want to hear a single word from a single person involved in a condominium association, and for good reason: you'd have to be bat-shit-monkey-nuts crazy to ever be involved in one so you get what you deserve.

Only problem is, what happens when there's a problem that needs quick, decisive action by a person empowered to do good for the human beings who call a condominium (and its association) home? The answer is FUCK ALL and that is because idiotic activist board members have allowed companies like NN Jaeschke -- and the socially-impaired people who work there - to take advantage of the good people of condominium associations, the smartest of whom threw up their hands long ago. 

The answer for people who do not have access to legal representation is to live with floods, shit, power-outages, water shut-offs and rules so ridiculous and arcane that the Nazis would laugh at them. Or start a blog and shit invective about the imbalance of power at condominium associations until someone listens. 
If you're listening, I ask you to please put NN Jaeschke, the minions who work for them, and the people who put them in power, up for ridicule! To do this, please comment on this post, write about your own circumstances, re-post the ones you read, and use the hashtag: #hatennjaechke until the people in power realize that it actually pays NOT to be assholes.

Thank you.