We want our friendly community back

To the Editor:

I’d like to thank Mrs. Kathy Cleveland for her coverage about the Great Brook Condominium residents.

As a long-term resident, I can attest to the questionable and unprofessional manner in which our complex is managed by Cardiff Management, as well as the misguided support given by a mostly non-elected board over the past 10 years. I’m sure that anyone with common sense can understand that 96 unit owners, 60 who signed a petition, are not, as Ms. Davison would have you believe, a bunch of unruly people trying to disobey the law. In fact, the opposite is true.

The residents at Great Brook are all fine, law-abiding New Hampshire citizens who are mostly retired people living on pensions or young families trying to live peacefully within the means of limited incomes. The petition that was signed and delivered in accordance with the rules represents a two-thirds majority of unit owners. We are requesting (for the second time in 10 years) the immediate resignation of mostly the same long-standing board members and the termination of a management company we no longer trust is working for us or even on our behalf.

Over the past 10 years, too many residents have been forced to engage in legal action, spending thousands of their own personal dollars, to fight against unwarranted and excessive fines and charges imposed. Sadly, many ended up selling their homes even at a loss just to find some peace. We were once a friendly and supportive community. Today, there are way too many jaw-dropping stories that even I am shocked to hear. Sadly, I know they are true. Great Brook currently reads almost like an “Erin Brockovich” script.

We are not unruly lawbreakers. We are simple people who want to take our community and lives back. The main problem is that there are too many loopholes in the New Hampshire Condominium Act. We are not as savvy as our management and board to know how to jump through them or to use them to our advantage as they do. Unfortunately, the former governor and our current state representatives remain apathetic. Even after receiving an unprecedented 20 letters requesting help, the attorney general still seems to feel that our plight is not worthy of his attention.

So we are coming out now publicly in hopes of raising awareness to the need for prompt attention to repairing the loopholes and to help us fight against the blatant abuse that still exists in our midst. We hope that the attention will also help other communities like ours who may still be victims to savvy companies like Cardiff Management.

I strongly urge the public to visit us and hear our jaw-dropping stories and to join our efforts to urge the attorney general, governor and legislators to reach out and help us restore our friendly community once again!

ANN SILVERMAN

Great Brook resident