Post # 1
So fiance and I are looking at some apartments this weekend. Which I was totally pumped about…
I started reading reviews of a couple of the places were looking at, and now I’m horrified! Mold problems, noisy neighbor problems, lazy, uncaring, mean apartment staff. Ahh!!
I was pretty much raised in an apartment, so I never worried about living in one with FI because I liked living in an apartment, it doesn’t bother me. But what if we get stuck in a lease, and we have like mold in our bedroom and the apartment management won’t do anything about it? and then we have to move out with nowhere to go but back home?! sorry I’m stressing out!
So what do you think bees? Anyone have apartment horror stories, or positive apartment stories they’d like to share?
Post # 3
I think it is what you make it. Check it out in person (reviews are clearly tainted by an individual experience). I generally like the apartment FI and I are living in but I can’t wait to move out either. We’ve been here for two years and it IS noisier than I am used to, which isn’t cool since I’m a light sleeper and our dog hears everything.
Just check it out in person or by someone who isn’t really pissed or really “rainbows and butterflies” about it. 🙂
Post # 4
You have to remember that a lot of reviews posted online are VERY biased. I mean… people typically don’t write reviews unless they had a terrible experience, or a wonderful one (which I still feel people give far fewer compliments than critiques). I would personally take the reviews with a grain of salt unless you can authenticate them.
Post # 5
My FH and I got forced into a lease because he got a new job and we had to move and it was pretty much the only apartment available at the time (it is in a college city). I actually looked up reviews AFTER we signed the lease and I have to say after moving in.. most of them were try. The walls are super thin, we can literally hear our neighbors using the bathroom and I’m constantly woken up at all hours of the night and morning.
I do know, that at least around here, that if there are mold problems and they won’t fix it, they can techincally get into legal trouble because mold is hazardous to your health. Your best bet would definitely be to check it out in person and if possible (which I know is hard) try to tour the actual apartment you will get so you can inspect it and see how noisy it may be.
Post # 6
i’ve lived in apartments for the past 8 years and have generally had very positive experiences the whole. sometimes it can be loud, but i’ve never had a problem with a consistently loud neighbor, more like an occasional party being thrown or something. but it totally would depend on the building, and like if the walls are thin. and just be careful about who you rent from if you’re worried about the building staff’s responsiveness. the lease might say something specifically about mold, loud noises, etc, so you might have recourse if you find yourself in a bad situation.
Post # 7
Read the reviews only to find out what questions to ask. Go for a tour as late as possible or at least when the most people are home. Talk to the super, if he is willing to take a few minutes than chances are that he will be responsive. Check out the laundry room, mail boxes and other areas that you may go but aren’t part of your living area. And talk to other tenants, ask what they like about living there and what they don’t and if they have any issues.
Mold is a legal matter. You want to inspect and make sure that you don’t see any before you accept the place. But if during the course of your lease you find some and they do not address it immediately, a lawyer can get you out of the lease very quickly and you may be able to sue.
Post # 8
Are these the only viable and affordable options in your area? Also take into consideration how many bad reviews there are vs. how many positive reviews there are. I’ve been living in apartments for about five years now in four different places; I only had one bad experience, and even then it wasn’t unbearable. Make sure it’s in a safe area and make sure to do a walk-through of the place before signing a lease. A lease is a legal contract, so you need to make sure this is somewhere you are okay with living in for a good chunk of time before you commit.
Post # 9
Major stuff, like mold problems, climate control, fire safety, wiring, etc are all coded. If there are issues and your landlord is not taking care of things, most places have city inspectors that will come out to assess the property and will warn and fine your landlord. They come back for follow-up inspections and more fines if the landlord hasn’t taken action.
I’ve had to go that route in my Boston apartments…twice. “Boston landlord” is basically a synonym for “Slumlord”.
“Ohhhh, you wanted windows that seal shut in the winter? No.”
They didn’t take our threats seriously. They were fined $400.
“Ohhhh, you want the mold and water damage fixed from when the 80,000 year old pipe in your ceiling burst fixed? Nah”
He didn’t take our inspection threats seriously, either. $300 fine.
They service us promptly now 🙂
Post # 10
I move a lot and I’ve lived in lots of apartments. Some were perfect and some had a lot of maintenance issues. I’ve always been polite and dropped off little goodies to the office. I guess its kind of sucking up but then when I have a problem, I always get the help that I need.
One of my apartments showed me a model and not the actual unit. When I went to move in, it was NOTHING like the model and I went back down the office and said no way. Make sure you see your actual unit!
Try to pay attention who your neighbors are. The leasing agents can’t tell you who lives around you but look around to see if its a family or business environment.
Post # 11
You have to look at the negative and how many there are. People only really write reviews when they are upset or unhappy. It is rare you will find positive reviews on a place. So, keep that in mind. Look for the positive and if the negative still outwiegh it, find a new place.
Post # 12
We ran into the same problem when we were apartment hunting..
We currently rent a old house from my parents. it is a VERY small 2 bedroom 900 sq feet. my biggest hate is its small, no space, no shelving only one small closet in master bedroom. Luckily its just the two of us! but when we got ina kick where it just wasnt working out there after the wedding we looked at some apartments. But iti sreally hard weh ave 2 dogs who are used to being kept in a yard during the day.. most apartments by use have small balconys or small yards.. so i dont think it would work out and our dogs tend to bark if someone passes by and i know apartments would be really annoying.
But good luck go check out all the places and hopefully you find one you love