"Maintenance issues were frequent. Once a month we would not have hot water or water at all building-wide, with little to no communication on the issue. Power outages, limbs falling out of trees on the property. A tree fell over through a fence and blocked an entrance to the parking lot, and it wasn't removed for 2 weeks. Took weeks to get the internet hooked up because Jey was unresponsive to the cable company. Can't get Metronet fiber because Jey won't talk to them. Jey would enter my apartment unannounced, frequently, including once walking in on me in my underwear. I had to install security cameras to document this behavior. My toilet tank broke because it was installed improperly and the tank was rubbing against the wall, and Jey said I "used the toilet improperly" and said I would have to pay for the repair. It was not repaired for over 2 weeks. This was the only toilet in my apartment, so I had to go to a local restaurant to use the bathroom. 7 months into a 12-month lease, a pet rent fee was added to my account on the online rent payment system. My signed lease did not mention a pet rent, at all. When I brought this up, Jey said there was a "typo" in my lease. There's no such thing as a typo in a signed contract. When I refused to pay these illegal fees, he added late fees to my account and then took those late fees out of my deposit. Jey took the house across from the apartment building and listed it on AirBnB, so there were loud wild parties every weekend, even during covid. And there's no sound insolation on exterior walls, at all, so I knew every song that was being played, even though it was on the other side of a small driveway. I was an ideal tenant. Paid my rent on time. Never threw loud parties. Kept my place clean and quiet. Jey always treated me like I was the biggest bother in the whole world. Jey always looks like he's having the worst time, even when giving tours to prospective new tenants. My sincere hope is that he really is having the worst time, all the time because that's exactly what he deserves. Don't rent from Jey Marks or Urban Vigor. And don't use the rent from them on AirBnB."
“Old appliances that are prone to breaking only get band-aid treatment. The same goes for electrical or drywall. After brining in lights (there were none in the living room) I noticed the extreme amount of drywall patches in the place, none of which were properly dealt with. Obvious signs of foundation problems and the communal washer/dryer setup was more likely broken than not. After 2 years of complaining, they sent a contractor to look at the sinkholes in the parking lot. By the time I left (mid 2020) it was about 1 ft deep and 2 parking spaces wide. Drove by the other day and noticed it still has not been fixed. I never had to deal with unannounced visits or intruding without permission. I actually saw a marked improvement in responsiveness over the last year, though they still only took half measures like replacing my central air with a single mini-split which would only cool one room. All in all they were OK for the price and location, but don't expect much.”
“So far we are pleased with this community. They are leagues better than our previous apartment. I was surprised to read the negative comments on other Merrick Place reviews, but I also cannot defend them. In my experience the maintenance staff are great folks. Our rent is reasonable and the property is well maintained. I can see living here for years.”
"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."
Review of Dixie Moore – Ashland Park/Chevy Chase, 40502 ★★★ "I rented a duplex at 1501 Fontaine dr. She lived on one side and I was on another. We shared a part of the basement with a washer and dryer. The duplex itself was nice and spacious. Antique charm and hardwood floors. Rent was reasonable considering the… Continue reading Review of Dixie Moore by Lex1
Review of Brenda Stewart – Columbia Heights, 40502 ★ "Brenda Stewart is a disgusting leech. She kept the entire security deposit without justification. Never provided an itemized list. We cleaned for several days before moving out and left the apartment in better shape than when we moved in. She lives in a huge suburban mcmansion and makes… Continue reading Review of by Brenda Stewart nousernamepls
"Lansdowne Apartments via Blackburn Property Management has been decent to me. The rent isn't great, but it's far better than most of the market. Maintenance is done adequately, with minor hiccups and delays. For example, the pool looks awful but the water is clean. Maintenance and management staff are professional and capable and respond within 1 business day. They are currently renovating the building to inflate rent prices, as though clapboard floors are worth an extra $100/mo., but that's rental business for ya."
Review of Jim Arnold – Idle Hour, 40502 ★★ "He was understanding in many situations, but the gutter/siding above the door outside broke off and it was months before it was fixed. The building didn’t have fire alarms. He requires written notice WELL in advance before your lease ends if you want to move but doesn’t point… Continue reading Review of Jim Arnold by OCH