Dear Mr. Corporate America

February 14, 2016

Mr. Doug Morehead
CEO and Vice-Chairman
CRHMI Management Group
1600 Dove Street, Suite 450
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Re: Vistas at Seven Bar Ranch Apts., Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dear Mr. Morehead:

I am seeking your assistance regarding a Notice to Vacate, which I received a week ago from your Community Manager, Kara Buchman.

Ms. Buchman and I argued about a renewal increase that she told me was mandated by your company. Even though my long term disability benefits were recently terminated (because I couldn’t afford to see a doctor), and my Social Security Disability benefits did not increase this year, I had no choice but to accept Ms. Buchman’s renewal terms (because of the cost to move). Along with my acceptance of the renewal terms, I reported an old maintenance issue (still outstanding as of this date) and my intention to send a more complete list. I also requested a response to my constant and unanswered questions regarding CUBS and how I’m being charged for certain utilities. More on that saga can be found on my blog, here:

Two days after I made the first payment under the renewal terms — and before the lease was prepared and signed — I received a Notice to Vacate taped to my door. No explanations. No complaints of rules being broken, now or in the past. It has taken me this whole week to get over the shock and prepare this letter.

My first thought after receiving Ms. Buchman’s notice was that I was going to be homeless. I believe homelessness is also a problem in your state, so in case you’re wondering how it happens, now you know. It’s a fear that many of the disabled live with, and one that increases pain and stress levels.

Perhaps two months is what the rental industry calls a reasonable amount of time before beginning eviction proceedings, but I’m not the average renter. I’m disabled. In light of my disabilities (and deeper slide into poverty), I am requesting more time under the Notice to Vacate.

I suppose Ms. Buchman thought that the Notice to Vacate would scare me enough to stop complaining — stop trying to encourage her to do her job. I’m also guessing that Ms. Buchman believes my removal will keep her from having to respond to the CUBS issues. However, there is a dispute over the balance on my CUBS account, one which I intend to fight. As far as I know, the discovery process in a lawsuit is the only way to obtain the information I’ve requested about my CUBS bills. And since I can’t afford an attorney or filing fees, I’ll just look forward to responding to the lawsuit CUBS will undoubtedly file against me.

I am also requesting that the monthly rental amount remain unchanged — if not restored to the previous rate before the renewal contract was broken — until I’m able to move. I promise that I’m doing everything I can to find another home and move as quickly as possible. After all, I don’t want to live where I’m not welcome.

I think I’ve been pretty reasonable in my responses to dangerous activities on this property, like the unleashed dog that attacked me last year. And years ago, when Ms. Buchman put out a newsletter requesting that tenants report outside hallway lights that need replacing, I did so. But to this day, the light I reported has yet to be fixed. Because Ms. Buchman has been understanding about my reduced circumstances up to this point, I’ve let a lot of things slide. Since I told her this would no longer be the case, I believe the Notice to Vacate is retaliatory in nature.

So, I don’t think I’m asking for anything unreasonable — maybe just a little compassion. And speaking of compassion, if you’d like to donate to my moving fund (which will get me out of your hair that much quicker), a nice friend of mine set up a GoFundMe site for this purpose, which you can find here:

I hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day, Mr. Morehead. I appreciate your time and consideration and I anxiously await your response.

Johnna Stahl
Albuquerque, New Mexico
(No phone)

copies to:

Kara Buchman, Community Manager
Vistas at Seven Bar Ranch Apts.
CORE Realty Holdings Management Inc.

Also posted at

Link for blog post inserted in contact form at:

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22 thoughts on “Dear Mr. Corporate America

  1. Well done. Hopefully they will have the decency to give you more time or allow you to rent month-to-month until you can find a new place. It doesn’t cost them anything to do the right thing here and it certainly would not be in their interests to have this thing go public. A retaliatory eviction against a disabled person doesn’t make for good press.

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    • Dear New Mexico resident:
      Do you feel that you have been denied due process? Can you not involve the Housing authority? My heart goes out to you. You will land on your feet. You deserve so much! Thank you for your support and your blog.Praying! 🙂

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  2. So…when the ruse of trying to force you out by raising your rent didn’t work they decided to try to evict you. Forgive me if I know where you live and I’ve forgotten. There are federal laws that are designed to protect you. The company is counting on you to be too disabled to fight back.

    You are indeed right, this is how the disabled become homeless.

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  3. You should call all of the news stations in Albuquerque, especially if this letter doesn’t help you out. It’s not right what they’re doing. It will work out for you one way or the other. This is a great letter! 🙂

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  4. These people don’t care about you or your health or your financial situation. We can only hope that some day, the same thing happens to them…or to someone they love. A taste of their own bitter medicine is the best revenge.
    I agree with Lisa….go to the media….splatter it all over Facebook….Google….any and everywhere you can….get the word out.

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  5. Woohoo You funky thing you! Good on you 😄 … I’m hoping your feeling a whole heap better for having had your say! You were polite, courteous, linguistically elegant but straight to the point! Not a single piece of profanity in there 😂 Here’s hoping Mr Morehead didn’t choke on his Valentine chocys while reading this!
    Amazing strength and resilience displayed friend … very proud friend moment right here 😃😄

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  6. Reblogged this on HarsH ReaLiTy and commented:
    I hate that this happens and there is very little people can do about it. Most of us don’t have the funds to fight these situations in court and the laws in most states are so shady no one really understands the lines drawn. I have found myself recently coming across bloggers in situations that they need help with. I can’t do much, but I can do what I can.

    Please reblog this post and share on your platforms. If you have the means to assist her I am sure she would appreciate it. We all need help sometimes in life and regardless how we feel across social media lines… it is the right thing to do.

    I wish you the best. -OM

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  7. Hectic stuff! I’m so sorry they are putting you through all this extra and unnecessary stress. I can’t begin to imagine how you must be feeling. I’m glad you’re challenging their ‘authority’. People need to be held accountable. It is something that is so sorely lacking in our society these days

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