PINELLAS COUNTY, FL—Your neighbor is taking his morning bath — beside the community pool. The woman upstairs is threatening to torch the whole condominium — and shoot anyone who runs out. A resident is hit in the head with a fish, and he’s decided it was a deliberate attack by his upstairs neighbor.
The situations are all real, drawn from the files of Ameri-Tech Companies, a Clearwater-based property management firm. Founder Mike Perez is turning those stories into what he believes is the next hit reality TV show, CONDO COPS, now filming throughout Pinellas County and set to air locally in mid-October.
“I’ve been a property manager for over 25 years. You wouldn’t believe some of the things I deal with every day,” says Perez, Executive Producer of CONDO COPS. “My company manages about 25,000 condominium units. We get calls that range from the humorous, to the heart breaking, to the downright horrifying. Often, a little common sense can resolve issues for our residents. Sometimes, we need a little more emphasis.”
That “emphasis” comes from the show’s three “condo cops.” They include Perez, the show’s hard-nosed businessman and top property manager; Darleen DePoalo, a Florida licensed real estate broker as well as a seasoned property manager who takes a more compassionate approach — until it’s time to be hard as nails; and Michael Guju, Ameri-Tech’s association attorney who brings a voice of reason to citing the letter of the law — as set forth by the condominium associations’ Rules and Regulations and condominium documents.
CONDO COPS is a thirty-minute show directed by John Parsonson, filmed by VonHenry Media, Inc., and scripted by Billie Noakes. Perez plans to produce his first season and air it locally, then shop it to national outlets.
“The show will have its humorous elements, but we’re also educating the public about how condominium associations handle and enforce their agreements with residents,” says Perez. “I have high hopes for its success.”
For further information, reach Perez at 727-639-1918.