Moda Repossessed?

Hideous Belltown has a curious story about Moda, The Moda’s Hilarious and Hazardous Predicament:

I received an email from tipster Chad on Friday. He detailed an outlandish story: he was walking by the Moda Apartments on 3rd, between Bell & Battery and saw some rather large men scaling the side of the building on tall ladders, apparently without the knowledge of Moda management. They proceeded to partially dismantle at least five of the building’s balconies and throw them into their truck. When Chad asked the guys about it, they said that the Moda owed them $20,000 and they were repossessing the balconies due to lack of payment.

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  • http://www.cooperjacobs.com/ Courtney

    Wowsers! That is pretty drastic – it must have been really late!

  • http://www.cooperjacobs.com/ Courtney

    Wowsers! That is pretty drastic – it must have been really late!

  • http://www.cooperjacobs.com/ Courtney

    Wowsers! That is pretty drastic – it must have been really late!

  • http://SeattleHome.com Sam DeBord, SeattleHome.com

    Wow. Funny and sad at the same time. What a bizarre story.

  • http://SeattleHome.com Sam DeBord, SeattleHome.com

    Wow. Funny and sad at the same time. What a bizarre story.

  • http://SeattleHome.com Sam DeBord, SeattleHome.com

    Wow. Funny and sad at the same time. What a bizarre story.

  • EconE

    Yikes.

    Let's see….

    $20,000 bucks.

    I wonder how many lawsuits (including those from tenants with unsafe decks) will come from this.

    Betcha the attorneys make more than $20k from this fiasco.

  • EconE

    Yikes.

    Let's see….

    $20,000 bucks.

    I wonder how many lawsuits (including those from tenants with unsafe decks) will come from this.

    Betcha the attorneys make more than $20k from this fiasco.

  • EconE

    Yikes.

    Let's see….

    $20,000 bucks.

    I wonder how many lawsuits (including those from tenants with unsafe decks) will come from this.

    Betcha the attorneys make more than $20k from this fiasco.

  • 123sadie123

    I checked out Moda. Besides the fact that Jennifer, leasing manager lied to me 3 times from the time I first contacted Moda over the phone through the showing of the apartments (not to mention the adds posted to Craigs List are wrong..they are listed low, and when you call to come see that particular unit–'oops, we must have mad a mistake. Thats not the rent, the one we have left is actually $70 higher per month. I was off that day and the other girl posted it. My manager knows and is going to have a talk with her'.[noted…the ad was never edited nor removed..thus, a hook for people like me to see and to get me to come in..deceptive and wrong]…I asked at the beginning what the specific fees/prices were for the units she was showing me. she told me what the monthly rent was. She forgot to mention the 2 months free (which is in the Craigslist ads) and so I asked about it..she said 'oh, yes, you still get 2 months free'. then we toured.

    when I told her that I'd seen something about the railings being repo'd at Moda b/c they didnt pay the bill on the web–she explained that actually the company that repo'd the railings actually still had 2 balconies to finish so her boss hadnt paid the full amount. She said the rail company had to come back to put the rails back up, and when they did they parked down the street and put tape over their uniforms so no one would recognize them and the news wouldnt come back out. She said they lost their contractor license because of their actions. And, she said the owner of Moda would be happy to pay them the remaining $10000 owed (not $20000) if they finished the final 2 balcony railings. I asked how they might do that since they apparently dont have a contractors license anymore. No answer. She said Moda is suing the company now for the safety issue of unauthorized removal of the railings.

    After the tour-which was rushed and at one point while I was checking out the unit–she walked out the door and down the hallway saying she was ready to show me the other unit-we'd been in the first about 3 minutes and I wanted to take in all of the 600 square foot 2 shoebox…I mean 2 bedroom unit…

    Once we finished and she was writing down the details for the units we'd toured–she wrote out the monthly rent for me-the same price she quoted when I'd walked in. I reminded her about the 2 months free that she'd told me was still in effect. She looked up and said 'oh, thats already figured into the rate I gave you'. haha.

    I sensed something not right through my entire interaction with her. I was told that the unit she showed me were the very last 2 bedrooms available (despite daily craigslist adds stating 'hurry, only 2 left'. When I arrived home I was looking on craigslist again, and noticed more moda adds had been posted – and there were 3 additional 2 bedrooms listed. I called back and asked how that could be. She confirmed that it was true.

    My point–I feel for the railing guys. Small business not being paid by owner of Moda. Im sure they were ticked off and needed the $$ that Moda wasnt paying–and from the multiple lies I was told in a short period of time…wouldnt have any desire to do business w/ that place, and it doesnt surprise me that the condo deal went bad.

  • 123sadie123

    I checked out Moda. Besides the fact that Jennifer, leasing manager lied to me 3 times from the time I first contacted Moda over the phone through the showing of the apartments (not to mention the adds posted to Craigs List are wrong..they are listed low, and when you call to come see that particular unit–'oops, we must have mad a mistake. Thats not the rent, the one we have left is actually $70 higher per month. I was off that day and the other girl posted it. My manager knows and is going to have a talk with her'.[noted…the ad was never edited nor removed..thus, a hook for people like me to see and to get me to come in..deceptive and wrong]…I asked at the beginning what the specific fees/prices were for the units she was showing me. she told me what the monthly rent was. She forgot to mention the 2 months free (which is in the Craigslist ads) and so I asked about it..she said 'oh, yes, you still get 2 months free'. then we toured.

    when I told her that I'd seen something about the railings being repo'd at Moda b/c they didnt pay the bill on the web–she explained that actually the company that repo'd the railings actually still had 2 balconies to finish so her boss hadnt paid the full amount. She said the rail company had to come back to put the rails back up, and when they did they parked down the street and put tape over their uniforms so no one would recognize them and the news wouldnt come back out. She said they lost their contractor license because of their actions. And, she said the owner of Moda would be happy to pay them the remaining $10000 owed (not $20000) if they finished the final 2 balcony railings. I asked how they might do that since they apparently dont have a contractors license anymore. No answer. She said Moda is suing the company now for the safety issue of unauthorized removal of the railings.

    After the tour-which was rushed and at one point while I was checking out the unit–she walked out the door and down the hallway saying she was ready to show me the other unit-we'd been in the first about 3 minutes and I wanted to take in all of the 600 square foot 2 shoebox…I mean 2 bedroom unit…

    Once we finished and she was writing down the details for the units we'd toured–she wrote out the monthly rent for me-the same price she quoted when I'd walked in. I reminded her about the 2 months free that she'd told me was still in effect. She looked up and said 'oh, thats already figured into the rate I gave you'. haha.

    I sensed something not right through my entire interaction with her. I was told that the unit she showed me were the very last 2 bedrooms available (despite daily craigslist adds stating 'hurry, only 2 left'. When I arrived home I was looking on craigslist again, and noticed more moda adds had been posted – and there were 3 additional 2 bedrooms listed. I called back and asked how that could be. She confirmed that it was true.

    My point–I feel for the railing guys. Small business not being paid by owner of Moda. Im sure they were ticked off and needed the $$ that Moda wasnt paying–and from the multiple lies I was told in a short period of time…wouldnt have any desire to do business w/ that place, and it doesnt surprise me that the condo deal went bad.