WICHITA — Chris Owen and Randy Johnston purchased the fourth floor of the Orpheum Office Building for a steal last summer, but it's been anything but a bargain since then.
"We saw this and thought it might be a deal, and it turned out to be a really good deal, or so we thought," Owen says.
"They think they did their homework, but they didn't," says Ram Mofsowitz, president of the building's owners association.
At issue is the way utilities, janitorial services and other common expenses are calculated. The owners association has sued Johnston and Hubris Communications, where Owen is founder and president.
"Hubris is not involved in any way," Owen says. "That's a fishing expedition, and they know it."
Owen and Johnston purchased the floor for $3,000 at a sheriff's auction. Owen says they expected to have some fees associated with owning the floor.
"We obviously have no problem with that.”
He says the association divides costs of such things as electricity among owners of the building's seven floors even though he and Johnston now have a separate meter for their floor.
"This makes no sense," Owen says.