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Let the landlord beware

Dear Editor:

I love Aspen! My husband and I (Texans) love it so much that we bought a condo on Waters Avenue this year. We were absolutely ecstatic.

The president of our HOA introduced us to a fourth-generation Aspenite who did some minor work and then he inquired about renting the place. This was going to be perfect. The day the first month’s rent was due we started getting whimsical excuses everyday as to why it wasn’t in our hands.

We finally decided to make a surprise visit. All of our firewood had been burned, our vacuum cleaner was missing (on another job site), and our locked liquor cabinet was still locked but full of empty bottles. We never thought about checking this charming gentleman out.

It took three pages to print his rap sheet, and the Aspen police basically said, “He got you too?” when we reported it. We found out he had broken in next door and was squatting there before he conned us. Now he is renting a room from our HOA president.

Not naming names, just a reminder that things are not always what they seem in paradise. It just takes a phone call to check someone out!

Nancy J. Patton

Lubbock, Texas

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