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09 Apr 2008 00:00 by adambecs Star rating in St Albans. 44 forum posts Send private message

We've just recieved an invite to the above meeting and a copy of 2 proposed budgets - one is for the full year and one is for the year from 1st May to 31st December. Does anyone know why this is and where all the figures come from?

We are actually at Roda on 2nd May so  will most definitely attend just to find out about what goes on etc.

Any help or pointers would be great.

Rebecca

 



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09 Apr 2008 17:44 by sutton Star rating. 19 forum posts Send private message

Hi
We will also be at Roda on 2nd May and will definitely attend.  Does anybody know the full details?


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10 Apr 2008 23:25 by dessiec Star rating. 15 forum posts Send private message

Hi all, we are in block 68 and completed 6 weeks ago but have not recieved an invite to this meeting. Is there anybody else out there in the same boat or has everybody else had an invite. Even if we were to recieve notice about it next week it wouldnt leave much time to organise flights etc. Who is responsible for organising it and how can they be contacted.  Regards Des and Gina.


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11 Apr 2008 10:37 by L P Star rating. 51 forum posts Send private message

Hello

I am on Phase 1 and the contact details for the Administrators who organise the AGMs are info@housingcomunidades.com you should contact them on this email address as when our AGM was held they told us that the notices are sent to the addresses which Calidona give them for the owners and they may not have your up to date contact details.

Hope that this helps 

(I changed my internet provider/email address and had to re register with EOS but I have posted before several times).

Lorraine



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22 Apr 2008 20:43 by The Lanes Star rating. 15 forum posts Send private message

Is anyone attending the phase 3 AGM on the 2nd of May who would be willing to act as proxy for us as we are unable to attend.  Please PM me if anyone can help.

Thanks

Terry & Jill




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24 Apr 2008 08:44 by BELLISJ Star rating. 30 forum posts Send private message

Hello All,

We are in the same boat....we cannot attend on the 2nd of May so would appreciate any help from those attending (please send a pm)

Also......

Do the costs look high to anyone? perhaps some one from phase 1 & 2 could give us some advise and info on how much is paid each year etc...

Thanks & best regards John.




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24 Apr 2008 11:12 by adambecs Star rating in St Albans. 44 forum posts Send private message

We will be at the meeting and happy to help out for anyone not able to attend.

Rebecca



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24 Apr 2008 13:13 by WT Star rating. 0 forum posts Send private message

shall we meet / organise something afterwards in the Club House?


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29 Apr 2008 15:28 by amazon.1 Star rating. 34 forum posts Send private message

Hi there I'm an owner on Phase 3a

My wife and I have just returned a couple of weeks ago from furnishing our apartment.  But unfortunately we won't be able to attend the forthcoming meeting, so when I contacted Rebecca, she very kindly agreed to raise some of the issues that we currently have.  I've PM'ed them to her.  But after taking the time to put our thoughts and concerns into type we've decided to post them here also for others to see.

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Dear Rebecca

Unfortunately my conversation with the other owners I spoke to, regarding patio door security was very brief.  But from what I can remember, they seemed to think that the locking mechanism on them was rather superficial and they felt (that according to our contract) we were entitled to some kind of central lock which would be positioned where both doors meet in the middle.

You say you are having extra locks fitted to your second bedroom.  Could you tell me a little more, since I have paid my management company to replace the locks (when all snagging is complete) and would consider (if necessary) paying a little bit more to make sure sliding windows and doors were locked as well as possible.

Another major concern I have is with the security shutters.  Whilst in theory they seem to add greatly to our security, in practice they could end up as a real nuisance.  Don't get me wrong - I still prefer to have them, but, my experience so far is that they appear to be quite tempramental.

Ours were repeatedly rattling (it was like someone starting up a motor, for a few seconds before the engine died out again).  Speaking to Andrea (in Tech dept), she said it was a simple matter to resolve.  She said that they just needed reprogrammed (and gave instructions how).  She stated that any time the power went down, they would lose their settings (and need reprogramming).  Despite being a bit of a nuisance for potential clients who you might be letting out to, we did not find this to be a solution.  We discovered that any time there was wind outside, that periodically the mechanism would rattle / vibrate for a few seconds.  Not a big issue you might say, but if you are sitting in your lounge or on your patio and it happens again and again every few minutes, then it can be extremely annoying.

We also noticed that some of our neighbours were having shutter problems - from those whose shutters refused to open or close, to those who would only partially open.  But also annoying - if your apartment is right beside another one where the shutter does need reprogramming (one which is starting up for a few seconds every few minutes), then this could end up putting a dampner on your holiday if the apartment is unoccupied and there is no one to reprogram your neighbour's shutter for you.

My big concern is that if there are such issues with the shutters now (when they are new), then what are problems not going to be like in a couple of years time when Roda say, "sorry its not our problem any more - pay for someone to look at it yourself".

Still on shutters, my wife noticed that those on our second bedroom (which are manual, not remote), don't really provide any security, as they can actually be raised by hand (from the outside) ,and permit a potential intruder access to the bedroom window.

When we purchased on Phase 3 we were told that there would be access across the golf course to the club house.  Reading a couple of comments on the forum, no one appears clear on whether this is going to happen or not.  My gut feeling is that it won't, and I can understand why from a golfing point of view.  BUT!. Great if you and your partner have a car, but for kids or others staying with you its a long, long walk all the way round to the main entrance, before you even begin to head towards town or the beach etc.  Without some such access I can't imagine many young or elderly guests who we bring with us wanting to come back a second time.

Again on the forum I've read that there seems to be a problem for walkers on their way towards the Los Narejos roundabout (on the other side of the motorway).  There is a narrow tunnel under the motorway, but this has been flagged up as being unsafe.  I feel that we need to add our weight of opinion to that of others , that this is unacceptable.  What's the point of having great security on site, if our kids get mugged on their way back towards their Roda apartment.

I've heard conflicting accounts as to the adequacy of the insurance cover provided by our community fees.  On the forum its stated that we do have building insurance cover, but some query the nature of or the extent of this.  I think it would be good to have it spelt out. Exactly what are we covered for, or more to the point what does it NOT cover.  I know that when taking up the developers mortgage with Santander bank I was made to pay for building cover again.  I'd like to know for future reference (when I'm renewing my insurance next year, as to whether I really only need to take out contents insurance.

Some up to date information as to development schedule for the rest of the Roda Golf project would be nice.
I've heard conficting reports as to when e.g. Beach Club, Phase 4, Hotel etc are likely to complete.  I know these dates can change, but I'd like to hear from the "horses mouth" what official dates they are now talking about.

With a gas boiler fitted in the kitchen (of our apartment), from a safety point of view should we not also have had a carbon monoxide alarm /meter fitted as standard?  On a similar point, our apartment isn't even fitted with a smoke detector / alarm.  We're not too bad, since we're on the ground floor, but my worry would be are there no smoke detectors in the whole block?

When information arrived regarding the meeting on 2nd May, it included details about proposed railings. But nothing for anyone who wanted to fit fly blinds (or prices for them).  On our short visit to Roda a couple of weeks ago, I succumbed to mosquitos which had obviously sneeked into the bedroom.  We went out and bought a couple of the electric plug in protectors for bedrooms, but we may want to consider proper fly blinds at some stage.

Having a ground floor apartment, we have the little walled in gravel area beside our front door, which rises all the way up to the top floor.  We have noticed that already some people above us (I don't know - could be builders, or cleaners), have started dumping things into this area from above.  This concerns me as the whole area outside our door, could end up as a rotting waste tip (over time), even if just the odd item was dumped periodically from above,  and we are not there for extended periods to clear it away.

Don't know if anyone else on phase 3a has had a problem in receiving the free UK channels with the rest of the Spanish ones etc which are available (and which we will be paying for as part of our community fees).
I tuned our new TV in and could only pick up the non english ones.  I've contacted Customer Services and Technical Department, they say that all the channels should be available, and pass the buck to Teleast (who supply the service to Roda residents).  On contacting the latter, they say they are not aware of a problem, and offer to send out an engineer (at a cost).  Before I do so I'm just wondering if other owners on my block / phase 3a are able to receive their full compliment of "free" channels (including the english ones). I've tried re-tuning but to no effect.  I have noticed elsewhere on the forum that other residents have had similar problems in the past.

When we were in our apartment a couple of weeks ago, although we were impresseed with the build itself, we were disgusted with the lack of cleaning which had been done BEFORE our furniture was moved in.  We had paid an outside firm to do a construction clean for us, (and are currently in the process of having most of our money for this returned to us, since their cleaning efforts were pathetic).  However the problems were not all of their making.  We also hold Roda liable.  They informed us our apartment was ready.  But we had to spend two days of our holidays a) going round all the marble floor "skirting" tiles, cleaning off excess grout and plaster and filling some holes that had not been filled.  We also took it upon ourselves to clean the patio area which the Painters had not bothered to clean their excess paint spills and sparks from.  Were we MAD - well maybe.  Yes we did add these to our snagging list (for Roda to attend to), but in the end we decided that a) we didn't want builders in moving our furniture around and perhaps making more of a mess than they cleaned and b) we wanted to ensure that the job was done right and to our satisfaction, before we let our apartment out to potential clients.

Whilst cleaning around the marble skirting tiles we noticed small light brown coloured "mites" were present, and were obviously setting up home in any crevices they could find.  Hence the reason why we took it upon ourselves to also fill any holes we found.  Although they were not present in large numbers (at the moment), we were concerned that they may become a problem in the future.  So we asked Customer Services & the Technical department what we should use (or advise our cleaners to use) to spray to treat the potential problem. Unfortunately we didn't get an answer.  Perhaps someone might be more knowledgeable at the meeting.

Finally, although the grounds look well when lit up at night, we noticed that the our pool itself is NOT lit.  This surprised us a) since we thought it would be more attractive if it was and b) from a safety point of view we considered it was desirable. (I'm aware that there already has been an unfortunate accident, regarding a pool a few months back), and think that proper lighting at night time might be an obvious way of preventing another.  Thinking that perhaps it was just our pool that was not lit up, we had a look at a pool in phase one (one evening).  Although you could see it from the lights which light up the grounds surrounding it, it was not lit up either.

This has ended up as a longer list than what I anticipated it would be, but I'm sure many of the issues I've raised might resonate with other owners, and would be worth raising at the forthcoming meeting.

Thanks

John Wilson



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29 Apr 2008 19:54 by inspectahomespain Star rating in Corvera Golf & Orihu.... 1923 forum posts Send private message

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The atio door locks are not great but the best solution to lock the patio doors is a simpe bolt that screw into the frame and stops you being able to force it open

Thes cost €15 each supplied and fitted by a locksmith

The blinds are not designed to provide ay real secuirty and you can also force up the electric versions and it is possible to get bolts for them

It is not a legal requirement to fit Carbon Monoxide or smoke alarms but you should but a combined battery unit in the UK as they are cheaper ther

Also remember if you are renting out the property you need a fire extinguisher and blanket fitted 



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29 Apr 2008 21:38 by amazon.1 Star rating. 34 forum posts Send private message

Roy

Your talents are wasted.

Why can't we get this kind of information from Customer Services or Roda Technical Department?

John


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30 Apr 2008 07:27 by inspectahomespain Star rating in Corvera Golf & Orihu.... 1923 forum posts Send private message

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Most of the questions being asked are answered in a free completion guide that I created specifically for RODA buyers and we have sent out a few hundred of these now and the feedback has been excellent

The guide covers the whole process, security, furniture and dtails of good sources of information, local newspapers etc

It also includes details of local shopping centres with directions to places like IKEA

You can get a copy by e-mailing rodrodaeos@thesnaggingforum.co.uk



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04 May 2008 08:37 by alcomps Star rating in Essex UK . 23 forum posts Send private message

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Hi everyone

Has anyone any info from the meeting yet.

We are buying on 3b, should be ready by Spanish August, so are interested in your meeting results.

How is the "Railing" situation going?

Are there any more "3b'ers" on eos yet

We are in block 89 (no we are not because its not finished yet)

Alan and Carole



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13 May 2008 10:38 by dessiec Star rating. 15 forum posts Send private message

Hi all, has anybody got any info on the community meeting held on 2nd may? Will all the owners recieve e-mails/post with the minutes or is there a website where they can be viewed. Can anybody who attended give us a brief run down on what was decided.  Regards Des and Gina.


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13 May 2008 16:53 by adambecs Star rating in St Albans. 44 forum posts Send private message

Dear All

We got back from Roda last week and we did attend the meeting so I will give you a quick update. Nick Pritchard has been nominated the President (his email is thepritchards@hotmail.co.uk). The Vice President is a Spanish lady who lives in Madrid. We went over the budget in detail and a lot of the costs are based on estimates from Phase 1 & 2 communities so this could change in the future. The insurance covers buidlings and 3rd party liability outside of the apartments only. You only need contents insurance for individual properties if you want. If you have taken buildings insurance with your mortage provider this is not necessary. The reserve fund has been set at 20% which is the law and covers things such as a repaint every 4 years, repairs etc We decide if we want to increase this or if we have too much how we use the remainder. I personally think a reserve fund is a must. We want to keep Roda looking smart. The main discussion about the budget was the €74,418 general community charge, i.e. the overall whole community of Roda. This covers things outside of each individual community such as roads, garbage, playgrounds, security, communal areas etc.  This has only been approved by the town hall and not the owners as yet becasue until a community has been set up for the whole resort, this cannot be agreed. We therefore had the choice to delay this amount in our budget. It was a pay now or later decision and as the Whole Community may not be formed for another year or so and needs to be done via an Extra Ordinary Meeting it may be that the delveopers fork the bill until such a time so we decided to defer payment in the hope we need not pay. However, this could change any day so we have nothing to lose and everything to gain. This was taken out of the budget so the agreed budget for Phase 3 is €146,264. There are 192 properties in Phase 3. Phase 3 is confirmed as being 16.89% of the whole of Roda. The community charge for each property will be based on squae feet of the property. The average for 8 months is €761,79 (or €95 per month). You will be billed for May and June over the next few weeks and then in July for the last 6 months of the year. I believe you will be sent a direct debit. The villas are not part of the community and are not allowed to use our gardens or pools but the semi detaced townhouses are part of the Community.

We also talked about issues such as dogs being on leads and owners cleaning up their mess.

We discussed TV channels. You should all get the following English channels as part of the basic Roda free package - BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, ITV2, Sky News, MTV, plus some Spanish and German channels. You can pay more for other packages.

We discussed pedestrian access to the underground garages - you can collect a key for the door from Customer Services - don't lock yourself in with the Zapper in the car and no key for the door!

I mentioned the kids play area in Phase 3 being in need of a clean and they said they would organise it - let me know if anyone can confrim this has been done. There was lots of orange builders rubble in it last week.

The railings were discussed and it was agreed that only those railings that match the existing Roda railings can be used so if you put up non matching railings you may have to remove them.

Anyway, hope that helps - the meeting was very long and mostly in Spanish with some transaltion. There were about 8 Enlgish people and 10 Spanish peoiple there. It lasted about 2 hours and there was no time to bring up other issues. I would suggest you email Nick with any concerns etc for the next meeting.

Rebecca

 



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13 May 2008 22:57 by amazon.1 Star rating. 34 forum posts Send private message

Great job Rebecca.  We are all in your debt.

Could you elaborate (if possible on a couple of items).

You stated: "The insurance covers buidlings and 3rd party liability outside of the apartments only".
If that is the case surely we do then need building insurance cover for each of our own apartments.  So why do you go on to say "If you have taken buildings insurance with your mortage provider this is not necessary".  Have I misunderstood?

Also have I understood you right:
- our current community charge, of €95 per month (on average) only covers our own community.  But through time this will rise as we share in the costs for provision of services for the whole wider community.

John


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