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Their row houses are interconnected and have one thing in common that no one wants: They all have termites. But they can’t camp because a neighbor told them no. So they called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.

If you grew up in Cuba in the mid-1960s, you might have seen Norma’s face.

Patrick Fraser: “You did commercials in Cuba as a child?”

Norma Sosa: “Yes. Chocolate quik, cream cheese Nella. It’s like the cream cheese here, but it’s called Nella there. “

Norma’s family fled Cuba and she ended up in Pembroke Pines, where a plague made her on TV again.

Norma Sosa: “The termites are coming into my bedroom, my son’s bedroom.”

Norma lives in Cedar Wood Townhouses, the ceilings of which are of course made of beautiful cedar wood.

Norma Sosa: “Oh, thank you very much. We put a bit of varnish on top of it, just one coat to make it look shiny.

But when you mix wood and termites, that’s a problem. Look at this: wings and feces everywhere, every day.

Norma Sosa: “We have them everywhere. They are attacking the house. “

Six of the townhouses are connected and Norma says they are all infested with termites. Five owners agreed to pay $ 450 each for the tent. And then there is this neighbor that every neighborhood seems to have.

Norma Sosa: “I asked the lady, the owner, very nicely: ‘We have this problem. We beg you, please, if you could get along with us. Everyone wants to camp. We just need your approval. “

The answer?

Norma Sosa: “And she just said: ‘No, I won’t let it be done.'”

That leaves Norma and her neighbors spraying outside to try to kill the pests. Inside, anything to stop the termites.

Norma Sosa: “I spray up and down.”

Patrick Fraser: “Cannot inject?”

Norma Sosa: “No. It works for a day or two, but that’s it. “

Some people believe that termites don’t eat cedar. They become, which means the quaint ceilings might one day be destroyed.

Norma Sosa: “This has been going on for a few years, but now it’s gotten worse, so I’m afraid the house will collapse.

If the houses are so connected, can a neighbor prevent the others from camping? Howard?

Howard Finkelstein: “Temporarily yes. But permanently no. If the homeowners association can’t get an owner to cooperate, you have two options: you can notify their bank holding the mortgage and they can force them to allow camping to protect the bank’s collateral, or second, you can use the holdout sue and a The judge will order them to allow camping and force them to pay your legal fees because they will have to sue them. “

We spoke to the caretaker who said she would like the building to be built in tents for protection, but our association documents require all owners to consent to camping, and if one holds out, we’re out of luck.

I spoke to the owner twice who held out.

The second time, she said the neighbors were wrong, she had termites like them, but was not ready to camp when they first approached her.

Now she is ready to talk that when all six owners meet to listen to their concerns, she is ready to go forward and camp the building.

Norma Sosa: “Good news. That is a big step. “

That means the next step: the six owners team up to get rid of these pests.

Norma Sosa: “Very happy. I feel like I can breathe again. Thank you, Patrick. I really appreciate what you have done for us. “

Well, don’t thank us yet until camping is done. And even if some owners are reluctant to camp, remember that your home is an investment. Termites are eating your building. Trying to sell it with termites or termite damage can ruin the deal, so get rid of the pests if you can.

A problem that annoys you? You are not a pest if you contact us. Let’s inspire and swarm it to help you.

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