South Florida condo owners can’t get roof fixed due to cellular service antennas – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

(WSVN) – It was a deal that was supposed to get much-needed money into a Miami-Dade condominium building. Why Are Home Owners Angry Now? Kevin Ozebek has 7 investigates tonight.

Summer in South Florida can result in violent storms, and for some owners of this condo building, rain can get water directly into their homes.

Johanna Miranda: “The roof is always leaky, and when it rains very heavily, it’s even worse.”

Visions at Fontainebleau condominium residents say their roof needs replacing.

Johanna Miranda, owner of the apartment: “So we tried to fix the problem, but nobody wants to take this job.”

The problem: With this control unit in the middle, large cell phone antennas are mounted at the corners of the roof.

Roof repair teams are afraid to approach them.

Johanna Miranda: “They came, they made an estimate, and when they saw the antennas they refused to do the job.”

These are warnings right next to the roof entrance.

The yellow sign reads “Use personal high-frequency monitors” and “Keep antennas 3 feet away.”

The white warns that radio frequency levels “may exceed the FCC safety limits for exposure”.

Although the FCC says that “exposures beyond the guidelines … are likely to be very close and in front of the antennas,” roofers are reluctant to take the job, and the damage just keeps getting worse.

Emilio Pardo, President of the Condo Association: “The leakage, the constant leakage, the cracking, it’s very bad. It’s very bad. “

Emilio believes the building needs to get rid of the antennas so he wanted to see the original deal, but the board has changed so many times since the antennas were installed in 2014 that the details have been hard to find.

But when Emilio found her …

Emilio Pardo: “Wow! 25 years! It is too much.”

Former board members rented roof space to a cell company that will be renewed automatically every five years until 2039.

In return, the club received a one-time payment of USD 4,500 plus a monthly rent of USD 1,800.

Johanna Miranda: “There were no meetings, or at least they weren’t told that it would be discussed.”

According to Johanna Miranda, there was no debate or discussion until everything was in place.

Johanna Miranda: “Only one or two people from the club who worked on it.”

7News reached out to the former CEO who signed the lease. She didn’t return our message.

Residents say the revenue from the antennas won’t help if they can’t fix the roof.

Johanna Miranda: “The main goal is that you remove the antennas and everything can be fixed from there.”

If the antennas can’t be removed, residents still have to find a roofing company willing to bypass them. In the meantime, you may have more problems as you have learned that the antennas should be replaced with new ones.

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