Article Courtesy of Channel
7 WSVN 7News Miami
By Brian Entin |and Leisa Williams
Published May 10, 2019
Buying a home is a big investment. But in one Kendall neighborhood, owners are
watching their homes being eaten away, and they said there is nothing they can
do to stop it. 7s’ Brian Entin has more on their “Termite Trouble.”
Kendall’s Pinetree Village is a cozy place to live with groups of connected
townhomes in a quiet neighborhood.
But the neighbors in this section of homes share more than a common roof and
Jesse Quijano, owner: “We have a bad termite problem.”
Jesse Quijano said the bugs showed up more than two years ago just after he and
his wife spent thousands on renovations.
Jesse Quijano: “The fence started here all the way to the wall, and it was so
bad I had to replace it. It was bad, as bad as this right here.”
*Jesse sticks his finger through the wood*
Owners of these units said they come home to find dead termites all over, and
sometimes, even live ones.
Antonia Mongelli, owner: “You start to see droppings everywhere. It’s like a
Tenting the units would take care of the problem, but because the townhomes are
connected, all of them have to be done at the same time, and the owner of one of
the homes won’t agree to the fumigation.
Adriana Castardis, owner: “They’re not cooperating. I told them that if they
continue on the route that they’re going, the homes could possibly be eaten up.
We see piles of dust from the wood being eaten, so we do have proof of it.”
The unit is a rental. The owner lives out of state, and neighbors said he won’t
Jesse Quijano: “I’ve reached out to the owner. I’ve reached out to family
members of the owner. It’s just a lot of excuses.”
Frustrated, the neighbors reached out to their homeowners association for help
Jesse Quijano: “They’re uncooperative as well.”
The Pinetree Village Homeowners Association’s rules state each unit owner “must
perform promptly all maintenance and repair work within his unit, which if
omitted, would affect other units in the development.”
If they don’t, the rules say it’s up to the association to address the problem,
but these owners said that’s not happening.
Jesse Quijano: “They don’t respond to emails, which is just mind-boggling to me
that a homeowners association would not jump in and say, ‘Hey, wait, let’s go
ahead and figure this out.'”
7News reached out to the unit’s owner as well as the homeowners association and
property management company, but they did not respond.
Antonia Mongelli: “Sometimes, I feel like the easy way is to put the house on
sale, but it’s going to transfer the same problem to another person. That’s not
These homeowners said they are afraid they’ll eventually have to find a solution
to their termite trouble in court.