Wednesday, February 9, 2011


We, the Brauns, feel that we have exhausted our efforts in trying to deal with the day-to-day issues of 435 Cumberland’s pad and the abandoned tract of land. It’s a rare day that goes by that we do not have to deal with, make a phone call, get frustrated etc. about this untended piece of property.

Four months have passed since Murdoch stated they were waiting to hear back from the original contractor as to the pad’s original purpose. Is the original purpose of the pad really so important that it eclipses all these problems? Regardless of its original purpose, the pad is not used now, nor has it ever been used for anything except illegal activities. We are good friends with the previous owner of our building and so we know that these issues existed before we moved in to 427 Cumberland.

The issues of the pad and tract of land negatively affect the safety of the property and tenants of both 427 Cumberland Ave. and 435 Cumberland Ave. In the case of the latter, the tenants are immigrants and refugees who do not/cannot communicate on these matters, but we have seen how they negatively affect the tenants (as attested by the pouring out of water from the apartment window). We CAN NOT experience another year of relentless trouble. Spring is just around the corner and that means the beginning of dealing with pad patrons for another seven months before the snow flies again – we are disheartened, as we have no reason to believe that Murdoch has any intention of stepping up to the plate and taking care of their responsibilities. We also have no way of taking care of our own tenants who are lodging complaints with us about these problems.

We had lots of suggestions and willingness to help in the past. This is no longer the case. We withdraw forthwith all offers to help finance, or complete any of the work previously discussed. Murdoch, after nearly two years of discussions, has failed to show any initiative in taking care of these problems. They appear sympathetic to the issues when we present them but the lack of any action, over 20 months of dealings, gives us the impression that our complaints are not serious enough to warrant any real action or resolution. We have spent countless hours of our personal time trying to deal with these problems, and we have received absolutely nothing from Murdoch. Murdoch does not even return our phonecalls.

Murdoch has not done what is in their realm of responsibility to do as a property management company. As a result, we are forced to appeal to the City of Winnipeg to review the evidence of noncompliance in terms of the Neighbourhood Liveability By-Law and to enforce the law as the City sees fit. Thank you for your time and we await your response.

Randy & Janine Braun
 Owners/residents 427 Cumberland Avenue

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