Former Belvedere Towers tenant in legal snarl

Reported by: Terri Hendry
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Updated: 6/30/2014 6:05 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- A former resident of the Belvedere Towers just wants his security deposit back.

Cary Coons moved out of the downtown building six months ago. Following a squabble over cleaning the unit, Coons said he won a court case, but getting his $500 back has not been easy.

"Me and my girlfriend are having a baby and it was a tiny one bedroom apartment," Coons said. "It just wouldn't work, so we moved into a house together."

But Coons said he did not know the Belvedere Towers has been tied up in lengthy litigation, nor did he realize the property has a complex ownership structure. That structure has been complicated even further by the death of one of the property's owners.

Bijon Madjlessi died in a car crash in May. At the time, Madjlessi was facing mounting legal troubles, including a 29-count federal indictment prosecutors tied to the default of a $30-million loan and the collapse of Sonoma Valley Bank in California. "I didn't find out about this stuff until I was in court." Coons said. "They're like, 'no, there's nine other entities.' You get to figure out who to get your money from."

Coons turned to News 4 after getting nowhere. A few weeks ago, News 4 reported the property had been turned over to a court-order receiver, Steve Donell. "It's been very confusing to a lot of the residents of the property," said Donell.

Donell also said that now his company is handling things, and it will be a lot easier for residents. "So the on-site management will still remain in place. The big difference, however, is there's one sole person that is managing the property, that is handling the issues involving the property, and that person is me."

Donell said Coons would promptly receive his refund. "I told them I was dealing with the media," Coons said. "I got this call and they said they'd finally pay me after six months of dealing with this."

Not only is the court-ordered receivership good for Coons, but Donell said it will be good for residents living at the Belvedere. He agreed the property is unique in that there are common elements to the building. "The ownership is bifercated and separated, so there are some complexities to the ownership structure of the building which has led to the underlying litigation."

Donell said now that he has been appointed, work on the building will move forward. "I'm getting the windows cleaned. I'm getting common area carpets cleaned and some replaced. I'm dealing with some the areas that need 'TLC' and the bottom line is that this is good news for the residents of the Belvedere."
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