“Place was filthy, damaged and pest-ridden when I moved in. Backyard overgrown, rent was nearly 50% higher than similar houses in better condition in the same neighborhood. Lock to the laundry room was on backward, had to remove the knob to gain entrance, mold and mildew everywhere, strong odor of cat urine dominated the house. Bathroom floor sagged, and everything in the house is the lowest quality available. Had to install cabinet handles, (some missing) and scrub the entire house prior to living there. Some mysterious error on the lease caused me to be forced to sign it again which added a month to my year lease. When I moved out, I was shorted nearly my entire security deposit without explanation. All I know was that I was charged $70 to patch two spots on the wall, (because I removed command strips and it pulled painted wallpaper from rotted wall) and $20 for missing cabinet handle (which was never there to begin with). Out of $1700 deposit, I only got $660 back. No comment or explanation. I also cleaned up backyard, and hauled away several loads of brush and trash.”
“I have been renting here for almost one year and have had many problems. When I moved in, the apartment was still dirty (cleaning it is apparently the duty of the previous tenant, and if they don't do a good enough job, you're shit out of luck). My fire alarm wasn't connected, which the property manager didn't believe at first until she dropped by to check for herself. She told me it would take several days to fix, which is unacceptable because the alarm is connected to other alarms in the building so I'd know if there was a fire anywhere. I had to go out and buy my own and install it, and I was reimbursed. There was also a bad patch job where someone had cut into the floor to install something that was caving in - I needed the wood planks there to be reinforced so my foot didn't go through the floor. Now, I have to major cracks in my bathtub. Maintenance keeps sealing it but the seals only last a few days and then reopen. The entire unit needs replacement, but management refuses. The tenants below my apartment are experiencing extensive water damage and leaking in the area my tub is, as well as throughout the rest of their apartment. They had their heating break in February and it wasn't fixed until the summer. Another tenant had to throw out furniture due to mold growth on it because of water damage. Phil is kind and seems to treat tenants with respect, but his actions don't match his words. Overall, it seems that Phil doesn't really care about the conditions that his tenants live in, or he prefers to remain blissfully unaware while he sits back and rakes in the money from all of his properties.”
“Took 6 months to fix a heater, would not believe me about mice even though I had pics, would not believe me about mold and mildew in every room even though I have pics, would not believe me about the very excessive condensation running down the walls until the fire department had to come and shut my breaker box 📴 due to wall plug outlets throughout the house arcing and throwing sparks, even the electrician said it was due to moisture, and still don't have full access to electric in this house."
"The Saddlebrook apartments are terrible. Had pests everywhere when we moved in. Have had a leak since moving in which is still leaking. Found mildew in all of the air vents which we thought was black mold (I still think it’s black mold). The average heating bill for the winter is $500 and they say it’s because the winter was cold even though most tenants are forced to keep it at 65. The units also use 60% more power than most houses."
"Steve House is a slum lord, plain and simple. His properties are dilapidated, below code, and willfully neglected. He often operates by cash with no printed lease, which leaves his more vulnerable tenants without any legal footing. I lived in two of his properties and have been inside many. They are roach infested, have black mold, multiple leaks, and are a serious health hazard. When told about the roaches for the ninth time, Steve House would respond that “every house in Lexington has roaches”. The building I used to occupy currently has a condemned sign on the front door, and multiple residents living inside with no where to go."
"This man, my former landlord, current UK History professor, should be held accountable for his actions of being an extremely exploitative, money-hungry, racist, and sexist landlord. Please avoid 428 E Maxwell Street and any of his properties. His lease may be tempting. He does not require a co-signer, previous rental or landlord references, employment info, and does not do credit/background checks. Allows pets. This was good for me as a student moving into their first housing, however, in hindsight, I should have seen these as red flags. Before delving into house issues, let me speak on the character of this wretched man. He is explicitly racist in saying when we first met that women from my (Muslim, Middle Eastern) country are oppressed by the tradition of wearing headscarves. He talked at me for hours, a Middle Eastern woman, lecturing me on what was good in the history of my country and people of my gender. Previous female tenants have also complained about him coming into their units without warning or notice, and one has even complained of personal items (intimate personal items…) being moved around and misplaced. He also treats his female tenants differently, and female of color tenants differently, often very dismissive and treating us like we do not know anything and are dumb. We are not, I was not, taken seriously about anything. Now, the house. I lived on 428 E Maxwell Street. It is the decrepit red house across from Michlers nursery and Kentucky Native Cafe. Upon moving in, I was confronted with a disgusting apartment that smelled so intensely of animals (and their shit) due to the previous tenants who owned 10+ pets including many cats and many dogs. It is honestly too traumatic to go into details of having to figure out what to do. The place was inhospitable. Shortly after, I discovered there were squirrels living in the walls. This was a months+ ordeal to get rid of them. During this process, the animal control person discovered there was more shit literally inside the walls. I also could smell dog shit in other parts of the unit (likely lodged in between another set of walls). The house has been on the brink of condemnation before, and has been called on MANY code violations in its years. Fake AC vents are screwed into the walls. I'm sure the fire alarm does not work. There was a problem of rats. Why does animal control recognize this house? I suffered from mysterious spider bites. Undoubtedly there was mold growing, and likely a host of other toxins leeching. The windows had no screens. Many windows would not open or close properly. The door is on its last legs of life. The house door has been kicked in many times. Burglaries have occurred many times in this house, once during my living there but in a different unit. When the summer began I discovered that the AC did not work. That never got fixed despite my desperate pleas to have my basic human right of livable temperatures be met. I lived in the attic. We are talking 85-90 degrees inside with a broken AC shooing in hot air. There were only 2 tiny vents for 1000+ sqft. He made me go and buy a fan. That was the solution. There were many holes in the floorboards. Big enough for a child to fall through. Holes in the walls revealing the outdoors. The walls had many holes in them, likely from former domestic violence incidents. The floors paint were half scratched off. The bathroom sink was missing a leg and the sink never drained. The bathroom ceiling could not fit a tall person in it. The shower was also on its last legs of life. The entire house is on its last legs of life. I wish nothing but for the house to burn down and for this man to lose every cent of wealth he's extracted from tenants. David Olster is a filthy scumbag. It is a shame he is employed by the University of Kentucky. I am likely forgetting many things. Oh, when I moved out, he threw my deposit check at me. A deposit check I had to beg for and threaten lawyers on my side in order to get it back. Once he realized it would be more expensive to take me to court than to just give me my deposit back, he gave it back. He has no moral compass. His desire to exploit and flip a profit, even if it is $10, is greater than his understanding of human beings' human rights, basic needs, and survival. He told me on many occasions that it would be better if I moved out of the unit far before my lease was set to be over. He has made me cry and get angry with anxiety on multiple occasions due to his dismissal of my requests for ^ these things to be changed and fixed. This housing and his behavior dramatically worsened my mental health. He has also expressed to me that he is very wealthy. Last thoughts: when I moved in, the oven did not work and the knobs were broken. The sink faucet was completely detached from the sink plumbing. The refrigerator had broken shelving. A move-in cleaning company had to be hired to clean out the place and after I moved in, I spent hours and $$$ cleaning the place myself to make it livable. The moving company was disgusted and could hardly breathe when they came in. I just wanted it to be livable. Just livable. We are talking a very meager and simple "livable" standard here. He never did a walk-in when we moved in despite for one when I asked. I don't think he's spent any time in the unit. When I got my deposit back at the end, however, we did do a walk-through, and he seemed disgusted by the state it was in, despite me adding property value to it by re-painting the walls, thoroughly cleaning as much as I could humanly stand when I moved in, and leaving lights and a fan for the next tenant. This was nothing short of a slum house. I do not forgive myself for moving here. I would rather be in debt than to degrade myself to such dehumanizing living conditions and dehumanizing power exploitative controlling landlord again. AVOID!"
"We moved into 463 Maxwell Street KNOWING that we should have gotten a lease BECAUSE of things like this, but we were 19 and anxious to move close to UK... something everyone who moves in to places like that are thinking... and BOY did we learn our lesson. Y'ALL GET A FORMAL LEASE!!! Because of this you might or might not want to post my review, but I know he has rented to others when we moved out. Same deal, no lease. Our landlord was furloughed at one point and lived in the attic while we were there. When our roommate got fleas, the entire house had to be bug bombed multiple times, a cost we paid for. In the process of washing everything we owned, the dryer (from the late 60s) gave out and our landlord told us to hang the clothes on the line out back.... as if the fleas weren't also outside... on east maxwell... with an unfenced backyard... Then in the winter, one of the pipes must have burst under the house in the crawl space with a dirt floor. Because none of the stuff down there was ours, and that there wasn't an easy way to get down there, we didn't notice anything happened until Summer when the house started smelling foul. Our landlord asked us to fix it ourselves... the basement was full of mold and water and likely sewage. The toilet on multiple occasions would break, and the first time we noticed, it was being held together by A TACK and AN ERASER to make it plunge... a $20 kit from walmart fixed it, something we also paid for. The rest of the toilet was leaking water into the grout in the bathroom (I think this is the pipe that burst (GROSS)). The stove (probably from the 1900's) leaks Carbon Monoxide into the house, something my room mate's mom tested for. I hope he replaced that thing. Lastly, and the part that salted the wound, is that while we gave (27 days so I get that it was under a month) notice, and after our landlord came back to the house, AFTER someone had already moved in (so there was no formal look through) he accused us of stealing forks and cups and a bookshelf? (none of which we did.) He threatened to sue us in small claims court, but as he had no lease and we DIDN'T, I think he realized there was not a case. I love this site, and BEWARE OF PEOPLE WHO RENT WITHOUT LEASES."
"My partner and I settled on this house, after looking pretty thoroughly last year. We knew it wasn't in good condition, but Anderson was responsive with the couple of maintenance things we were concerned about at the time and it's in a nice location. Since then, they have entirely neglected the property and do not respond to requests for maintenance. After a significant leak caused mold to develop on the ceiling, they agreed to remove a section of drywall, which now is a hole that exposes rotting wood, insulation, and an open leak during thunderstorms. We are concerned that the ceiling will soon collapse. They claim that we are just waiting to get quotes on the roof repair before beginning maintenance. The AC unit is also in awful disrepair. It rattles loudly and aggressively, which can be heard throughout the house, interfering with sleep. They have also allowed a large, woody growth of poison ivy to begin growing into the rear siding of the house, causing us to avoid the back yard. There is now a family of birds living fully in the foundation of the house. The ivy extends onto the dividing fence with our neighbors, where the fence leans at a roughly 70 degree angle, threatening to fall into the yard and further spreading poison ivy throughout the yard. When leaving messages for the property manager, he has NEVER done us the courtesy of a call or email. Two weeks after an initial submission for service for all of these issues, we noticed that a new property Anderson purchased less than a block away was having a brand new fence installed. Insult to injury. We are stuck here for 9 more months. Hopefully we can get some service done…"