Review of Gary Mielcarek by taylorwa99

Review of Gary Mielcarek – Woodlands / Euclid, 40502

Rating: 1 out of 5.

“My landlord owns several properties on campus, and the one I rent is next door to another one of his properties (so I’ve seen the condition of both). Both houses are quite old, built in the 20s, and while that’s not necessarily an issue in itself, they have been maintained VERY poorly by the landlord. In many parts of the house, the flooring is mismatched and uneven, and in some cases the walls are literally crumbling apart. A couple months after we moved in we noticed that the kitchen ceiling would leak after the upstairs shower was used, as well as a large (and slowly expanding) crack in the ceiling where this was happening. Landlord was notified immediately, but it took over 4 months to resolve this issue. As with any maintenance issues (there were many others), Gary would always use a band-aid, half-assed solution at first. He eventually sent a ‘plumber’ over (who we found out wasn’t even a licensed plumber and just did it as a side gig while he worked at the Apple store, yup) who temporarily fixed the leak but after about a week we had problems yet again. The house is very poorly insulated, with doors and most windows having visible gaps in them, as well as some visible gaps in the flooring (where you can see to the outside). Needless to say this was a major hassle during the winter time, and it made our heating costs skyrocket. Gary refused to take responsibility for this or pay for any of the heat bill since it was “our job” to better insulate the house (??). There is also a ridiculous amount of space, especially in the crawlspace under the house and in the attic, for pests to live unhindered. We’ve seen mice, opossums, and even a bat once. Gary also eschews the responsibility of dealing with these other than haphazardly placing a few mouse traps every once in a while, even though our lease specifically states that pest issues are his responsibility. Last but certainly not least, he has several times entered the house unannounced, without waiting for someone to answer the door. On one of those occasions as well, he proceeded to enter the bathroom without knocking, which is a major no-no. He has been rude to me several times over text after I’ve made maintenance inquiries, and is overall just an extremely skeezy guy. The ONLY reason this house (and likely many of his other properties) hasn’t had to be remodeled completely is because Gary has a constant supply of desperate college kids looking for housing on campus. He is a master at taking advantage of this demographic, who have little time or the capacity to deal with the severity of issues this house has.

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Question/statement:Answer:
1. What type of housing?Residential
2. How long have you rented here?1 year
3. Are you still renting here?Yes
4. What is your monthly rent?$300-400
5. My rental space was in good condition when I moved in.1 – strongly disagree
6. I have not had issues with pests.2 – disagree
7. Maintenance issues are dealt with in a timely manner.1 – strongly disagree
8. My landlord is pleasant and respectful.2 – disagree
9. My landlord responds to messages within…24 hours
10 Has your landlord ever entered your living space with less than 24 hours notice?Yes
11. Has your landlord ever entered your living space unannounced?Yes
12. Have you ever felt unsafe in your living space because of your landlord?Yes
13. My landlord explained important lease items to me.3 – neutral
14. Has your landlord ever broken any lease agreements?Yes
15. How much of your security deposit did your landlord return?Still renting here
16. My landlord kept a portion of my security deposit, but they were justified.n/a

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