“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
"Micah frequently sent maintenance out without responding to my texts. I would think I was being ignored, only to be woken up by the maintenance guy. A little heads up would have gone a long way. On one occasion, maintenance entered while I wasn't home and I had not been told they were coming that day. I left the apartment in better shape than I got it in, but I was not given any of my deposit back. Micah stopped responding to me. I never got an itemized explanation nor any kind of explanation. Thanks for preying on poor students!"
"I've been renting with them on and off for around three years total and after shifting around to other living situations with other landlords, I've landed solely with the Thorntons. I intend to rent with them for as long as possible. They are very professional and put a lot of work and passion into the houses they rent out. I've never had a bad experience with them. The lease is always well-written and gone over in detail. Any maintenance issues are answered almost immediately and handled very quickly. After ten years of living in and around Lexington, they're the best landlords I've ever encountered in this town. Highly recommend."