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The owner of a property management company that’s been renting out dozens of condos in Escondido and San Marcos that are at the center of a real estate scam says he’s ending his contract to manage the units, but won’t say whether he plans to continue to collect rents.

Victor Goliac, owner of Concord Property Management, has been renting out the condos on behalf of Jim McConville, a Bay Area man who orchestrated 81 sales at three condo complexes and whose company was paid more than $12.5 million, according to sales records.

Goliac told me on Monday that he’s in the process of wrapping up his contract with McConville. He said he didn’t know anything about McConville’s deals, and called the units “that disaster in Escondido.”

I asked Goliac what will happen to the renters now that this details are out in the open. He said the media has given his tenants the impression that they no longer need to pay rent to anyone, and expressed exasperation at the situation he’s been put in. “They’re going to live for free,” he said.

I met with a group of renters at Sommerset Woods yesterday, who told me they hadn’t received any information from Concord Property Management about what they need to do going forwards. As far as they know, they said, they’re still expected to give Concord a check for their rent on May 1.

After the interview, I called Goliac and asked him a direct question: Will he continue to collect rents from the tenants.

He refused to answer.

“You’re getting beyond the scope of our conversation,” he said. When I pressed him on the issue, he hung up.

Three of the renters I spoke with yesterday told me the project has an on-site manager who they know only as Guillermo. One of the renters I spoke to, Tammy Goldberg, said Guillermo is Goliac’s point man at the condos and is responsible for collecting the rents.

When I called Guillermo, I got as far as introducing myself before he hung up.

Goliac said on Monday that he has to give McConville notice that he is ending the contract. He said he has managed another McConville property in San Diego for more than two and a half years without incident.

“I’m not his partner,” Goliac said. “Other than my fees, I haven’t received any other benefits from McConville.”

WILL CARLESS

Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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