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Residents of Sage Hill fight the toll collection of the "Alarm" Association

Homeowners in the Sagehill community in northwestern Calgary found a letter taped to the door requesting hundreds of dollars dues and statutory dues. I'm fighting back.

"It feels like it wasn't sought after," said Nicole McCallum, a resident of Sage Hill. "People don't need it after COVID-19 to be threatened, taken to court, and lose their home."

She said last weekBridgeland ActHe was one of the dozens of other residents who found a letter from 9} taped to their door and initially thought it was a fake.

"I thought it was a scam at first, but I was really angry with the wording. It seemed very powerful," McCallum says. "Many of us took three or four days to realize that it wasn't a scam."

The membership fee is $ 105 a year and the area is due. There is a sign informing him that he has never received a notification to his home.

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"I have never received an invoice. To be honest, I visited their web page I've checked the payment method, but all they want is an invalid check, "MacCallum said. "No one has the key to my bank account, so I need another payment method."

In the letter, the Bridgeland Act has $ 395 as a membership and administration fee, a statutory fee. Requested over $ 650.

"If you ignore this request and deliver an unauthenticated check or try to pay a smaller amount, you will incur additional statutory costs and will be liable," said Richard Bridgeland. -John Law said in a letter.

This letter should be mailed to the address on the MacLeod Trail in southeastern Calgary using Canada Post, or placed in a sealed envelope under the door of a "safe office space". It is also stated that it can be slid.

"We are working remotely because the office continues to have a stricter COVID (-19) protocol due to staff-related issues," John said in last week's Global News. Said in a telephone interview.

"It's a secure office, there is someone who receives (payments) and collects them for us."

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However, the Bridgeland method is not working either. Local city council member.

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"Recently, many Sagehill homeowners have contacted my office to the door from the Bridgeland Act. We shared our concerns in a taped request. On behalf of the Sage Hill Residents Association(SHRA), "Jennifer Wyness, Councilor of District 2, said in a social media post. I am.

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In a statement to the affected Sage Hill residents, Winesse is her I have outlined some of the concerns.

"Multi-page letters taped to payment-requesting doors are a source of concern for many during the sensitive times of fraudulent fraud throughout our city. Will be, "she said. "The content of the letter surprised me. The second payment method was to" slip under the door "of the law firm.

Winesse, her office contacts Bridgeland Law, from John, people read letters, educate themselves about the process, then contact the law firm to negotiate a settlement. He said he was told he needed to.

"My rates are actually cheaper," John said. "We are ready to negotiate rates to resolve files with owners who come to the table with the intention of clearing delinquent charges."

Sage Hill Residents Association Fees

According to John, 1,700 people at Sage Hill will have to pay an annual fee of $ 105 to maintain a shared space in the community, including rainwater. Ponds, road boulevards, road centers, parks, paths, playgrounds.

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"It's the responsibility of doing the work that has been done historically by the city of Calgary," explains John. did.

"Developers are being asked to create this system to incorporate residents' associations as part of their development."

Last week, John owned 1,700 homes. Only 500 of them said they paid, and SHRA ordered them to collect fees from 360 homeowners who hadn't invoiced for multiple years.

"Invoices are sent every year," John explained. "I have verbally contacted the existing and former real estate managers and confirmed that the invoices were sent between 2021 and 2022."

But The disruption of communication between SHRA and its community members speaks to a deeper problem, said Winnes.

"The threat of proceedings taped to the doors of people who were not approved by the judge was a threatening factor, and I think it could have been dealt with better," Wyness said. "Registered mail could have easily avoided this.

" This isn't the first time it has happened in the Calgary community, so when building a community, build a community in this situation. The question arises as to how to confirm that it is. It will never happen again. "

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Sage Hill Autonomy Society Petition 

McCallum was able to liquidate the charges with John under the Bridgeland Act, reducing legal and administrative costs by 50%.

"I'm happy to be forced to calm down and get off my shoulders, but now I'll focus on dealing with the people who caused this," McCallum said.

"Currently, we have about 200 (signatures). We would like to get more signatures once we start door-to-door sales, and we can force AGM to hear the voice. You can. "

MacCallum wants community members to collect the requiredsignaturesby early July and will remove the current SHRA board members. He said he was considering it.

"Many of us are now united to stand up for our rights," she said.

"If we are going to pay these (fee), we will be more involved, see where the money goes, and try to make more to make the community a community. I think it should be, "she said.

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