FLORIDA – Residents of a South Florida condo building have a pool problem, and it could take 50 years — yes, 50 years — to fix. Karen Hensel explains in tonight’s 7 Investigates.

The pool at the Maison Grande Condominium on Miami Beach is currently closed for repairs.

It may even have to be replaced, but once the pool is fixed and filled, the money being sunk into it will not stop because the pool problems here go much deeper.

Alan DelForn, unit owner: “We’re looking at three generations that are paying for this pool.”

Three generations, or 99 years to be exact.

Part of the monthly maintenance fees for the 502 condo owners here goes to lease their own pool because it’s not actually theirs to begin with and hasn’t been since the building opened in 1971.

Kim Alessi has lived here since 2011.
Kim Alessi, unit owner: “What he did was he sectioned off and kept a portion of the property where the pool was going to be built.”

In what’s called a recreational lease, the building’s developer retained ownership of the pool and a portion of the deck.

The condo owners are charged to use it, even when they can’t swim in it.

Kim Alessi: “The pool has been closed since June of 2019, and we still had to pay $75,000 a month for a closed pool that no one can use.”  Read more:
http://www.ccfj.net/condo99YrPoolLease.html

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