About Condo Management Systems

Article Courtesy of ABC Action News 

Published July 10, 2008 


Brett Hawker and his wife, Jenny Lea, started Condo Management Solutions in November of 2005, according to Florida state records.  Documents obtained by the ABC Action News Investigators indicate that the couple managed at least 65 condominiums in Tampa and Orlando. However, two people who work in bay area real estate and property management say that the Hawkers might have, at one point, managed at least 130 properties, and as many as 200.  In a telephone conversation with Matthew Schwartz, Jenny Hawker claimed that the couple only managed 30 units. Record show that the Hawkers ran the business out of their bay area home.

Investigators with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation say the Hawkers are not licensed to conduct the type of business they were running.  The DBPR first received an anonymous complaint in January of 2007 alleging that the business was not licensed. In July, 2007, the state sent the Hawkers a “Cease and Desist” letter. However, according to eight condominium owners in four states, the Hawkers continued to do business for nearly a year after the “Cease and Desist” was sent to them.

Jenny Hawker told Matthew Schwartz, “We didn’t know we had to be licensed. We do take full responsibility. It’s our fault.” But Mrs. Hawker blamed some condominium owners for the problems, saying she and her husband are owed money as well, by condo owners who went into foreclosure and never paid the Hawkers for managing their units. She said she and her husband are going into bankruptcy.