Consumer Alert! Attention all Southern California HOA managers, reserve study specialists, HOA attorneys, CAI and CACM
For immediate release !
DeckExpert.com, after investigation and information provided by anonymous sources has formed the opinion that HOA/condominium balcony inspection reports signed off on by Deck Inspectors Inc. may be invalid and fraudulent. The company, owned by David Mazor, who also owns WICR waterproofing and construction, is performing balcony inspections for condo and apartment complexes in the Southern California area.
A copy of a report from Deck Inspectors Inc that we reviewed has a signature on it by a Raffi Abkarian with a license number of 36207 listed next to the word “engineer” on the “qualifying title” line. Strange that an engineer seemingly can’t remember his own license number? Even stranger to me is that he didn’t state structural engineer just engineer… Or place his stamp on it. Of course obviously he cannot stamp it with a civil engineer stamp. Calls to two phone numbers listed for Mr Abkarian went to voicemail or was disconnected.
Our investigation proceeded to look up the license number listed on the report. Needless to say it does not belong to Mr Abkarian. A search by name found Mr Abkarian with a license number of 36027. The license status is listed as clear with an expiration date of June 30th 2022 and it says license type is civil engineer.
According to the balcony bill SB 316 only a licensed structural engineer or an architect may sign the report for a common interest development deck inspection. Being that Mr Abkarian is “only” a Civil Engineer”, he isn’t eligible from our understanding of the balcony bill to be eligible to sign off on a report of inspection. Interestingly one source told us that they never saw Mr Abkarian on site inspecting decks at the HOA where they live.
From our understanding and speaking with an attorney this would present a major problem for associations who have a report from Deck Inspectors Inc signed by Mr Abkarian that they’ve paid for. It is our belief that the report is invalid and possibly fraudulent due to being signed apparently willingly by Mr Abkarian.
Furthermore customers of Deck Inspectors should know that the owner of this company also owns WICR waterproofing and construction. Our sources have told us the same similar story and that WICR recommended deck inspector for deck inspection work or vice versa without revealing the conflict of interest between the two companies. David Mazor cannot act as an independent consultant and pretend that he doesn’t know Sean Krubinski except as a professional acquaintance.
There are substantial conflicts of interest, possibly fraud and certainly a matter of ethical character that exists here. I have been told by my sources that deck inspectors seems to call out small items and demand major repairs, often in the thousands of dollars that WICR does the work for. So David Mazor is double dipping from your HOA masquerading as a deck inspector/consultant while his construction and waterproofing company do unnecessary work.
I encourage HOAs who feel that they may have been victimized to contact their counsel at law immediately, and to contact me, Bill Leys at firstname.lastname@example.org So that I can put all HOAs together for a discussion about a possible class action lawsuit. Contact your local district attorney’s office if you have a contract with WICR file a complaint with the CSLB, contact the department of consumer affairs.
If you want to do your own research I suggest that you start at the California Secretary of State website and look up deck inspectors and WICR and you will see that David Mazor is the owner of both companies. His wife is the agent for service of process.
DeckExpert.com recommends that consumers and HOAs stay away from WICR and Deck Inspectors.
For further information on WICR and Deck Inspectors visit http://www.wicrleaks.com