“Lesley wasn't at the showing last year and had the previous tenants show the house. We never saw her until we had to show the house at an open house during a pandemic (she invited over 15 people at the same time). She never evaluated the house before we moved in for any damages or repairs that needed to be made from the previous tenants. We hadn't lived there very long and the mainline was spewing sewage into the basement. She had her "plumber", Gene, come fix it and blamed the damages on us. He told her there were wipes in the mainline and no one in our house used wipes. We even offered for her to come to the house, but she didn't. She broke lease agreements, because she kept money from our security deposit without written notice or returning it within the time frame mentioned in the lease. She also charged us for items that the lease refers to as "general maintenance" that she is responsible for according to the lease. She didn't even evaluate the house after we left. We had to ask her for our security deposit back after the new tenants had moved in, so she evaluated the house once they were already in the house.”
“We have lived here for three years. Two years in, the property management changed without our consent. Then, a few months later, the whole complex was sold without notifying us or obtaining our consent. The property was sold during our lease, and we do not have a current lease with Upscale Properties, as our previous lease that we signed with the property management company was online and we cannot sign into their website now that we aren't renting with them. We are still paying the same rent and unsure what will happen when we move out a couple of months from now, or whether we will receive our deposit back given the two changes of management. Back in February our fridge broke. We notified them on Friday about the freezer being broken, but when it became clear on Sunday that the whole fridge was broken, as it was starting to smell, we called their emergency line. It was not staffed and we had to leave a message. We called again on Monday and were told they would then call a repair person. This person came on Wednesday and concluded that the fridge had to be replaced. We did not receive a new fridge until Friday, a week after we originally called. The only reason we did not lose all of our food (several hundred dollars' worth) was that that was the week of the ice storm and we kept it outside in bags. We did lose about $200 worth of meat and cheese. In recompense, we asked for $200 off our rent. The property manager gave us $75, she said because "Any more than that I would have to call the landlord, and he would say no, so I'm not going to do that."
“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.”
“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."
“No pest problems. Over the course of 5 years property kept getting worse. Multiple property managers and revolving office staff, rent went up every year, the last year we were charged extra money per month for the washer and dryer that had been in the unit. Gutters were cleaned maybe once every two years. Tennis court was in disrepair, office staff claimed maintenance would replace tennis net in the beginning of summer when pool is opened. Same tennis net remained for years, dog park near tennis court but still dog feces was on tennis court. In October 2017 a random stray bullet struck my apartment, we called the police to inform, police officer asked if we wanted to submit a police report. We said we did, but after the police left the rental office called and said they did not want to submit a police report. Bullet hole was never fixed outside my apartment, moved out in June 2020. Water leaked from upstairs apartment into our unit, maintenance waited a few hours until we discovered the mess and called in about it. Motorcycle's battery was stolen in apartment parking lot, apparently used to steal another tenant's motorcycle. The real problems began in January 2020 when our electricity bill went from the typical $80-120 a month to $400. We could not get any help from the office staff. Electricity bills stayed high, covid hit and in March maintenance wasn't going into any apartments unless it was an emergency. Whatever was causing the high electricity bills was never resolved, it didn't seem to be a real priority to the office staff.”
"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."
“Micah is nice but it astounds me that he runs this business. My biggest complaint was the horrible communication and the attitude from the maintenance team. It infuriates me that I couldn't get a simple response for my maintenance request verifying he saw my message and to give me an ETA of when they would arrive. Because of this, I did encounter landlords entering my apartment with NO NOTICE and only becoming aware of that because of my neighbors informing me. I watched them enter my neighbors apartments when they weren't home and no notice was given to them either. My biggest warning to anyone considering Burton properties is to HIGHLY inspect the unit you are viewing for any potential problems in the works (my building dealt with the ceiling falling in). There is no exaggeration when people warn how hard it is to get ahold of Micah. The rent's cheap, he leaves us alone, but if you encounter a maintenance issue - frustration will grow. I really wish they would hire someone on to take calls and inquires.”