"Craig Hardin is a bully. It's that simple. He will try to intimidate you. He will talk *at* you. He thinks he's an expert in everything. Classic know-it-all man bullshit. I explicitly remember him talking to me about how his brother-in-law worked at Eastern State Hospital at the time I was renting there, and therefore Craig felt like he himself was some kind of expert on HIPAA law. He's that kind of man that likes to claim expertise because... he knows somebody with expertise in a field? Like I said, man bullshit. Know-it-all jerks. And with know-it-alls, they also are bullies who will act like can CSI your life and they're gonna catch you doing shit you're not even doing. He used to tell me he had caught me smoking and that he had sandwich bags full of cigarette butt evidence... except for the fact that I've never smoked cigarettes. But I'll never forget how smug he was when he was gas-lighting me and telling me about presumed myself. Also, one time I was asleep in my bedroom one morning, and I wake up to see one of Craig's maintenance men with a ladder *opening the door to my bedroom and just walking in while I was in fucking bed*. I lied there watching and he walked directly over to my bedside, put a ladder up, and climb up to the reach the light bulb above my bed. I finally said, "Excuse me?" and the maintenance man acted surprised to see me there. No notice I should expect a maintenance employee. I didn't put a maintenance request in. Dude just up and walked right into my bedroom while I was asleep. Didn't even knock on the apartment front door (what woke me up was when I heard him unlocking the door, and I mistakenly thought it was my roommate). I was fucking floored then when I saw my bedroom door open and the maintenance dude just came on in as if I wasn't even there. The maintenance guy apologized and left, but still... what the fuck. And I don't even put that on the maintenance guy. This is Craig Hardin's operation, he should be training and instructing his staff to do shit right. And yet, this is how he runs his business? Okay. In my time in Lexington, I've talked to other people who have rented from him. He owns a lot of property around campus, so it's not hard to find kindred folks. But everybody I have met who rented from him said that he was a jerk. And I know that's kind of hearsay territory, so dismiss that as you will. But Craig Hardin is a bully. Don't rent from him if you can help it. His apartments are nice, but he's like some fucked up Dorian Gray landlord where the nicer his apartments are, the less nice he is towards his tenants."
"Please, for the love of all things good, DO NOT rent from Melvin Cosby on park avenue. One month in and he was coming by my work daily, checking in on me every evening in the creepiest fashion, and verbally harassed me. The harassment continued until I broke the lease 3 months in after the police advised me to (I have two police reports saying the landlord was mentally unstable at the time of the response). He talked terribly about past tenants and I should have known he was the problem! I originally paid him $900 for rent and deposit, which he would use the deposit for our gas bill. Something I suggested because he made many remarks about how he was broke and was unsure how we would have heat in the winter, if the bill wasn't paid when I moved in. He had acquired a bit of debt on that bill. He constantly held over my head was how he paid the utilities. I paid $500 for rent, but gave him at least $100 extra every month because he made me feel so responsible for his unemployment and financial status after I couldn't get him a job at my work. Very thankful my hiring manager got a weird vibe from him or he would have been around me basically all the time. I had to get away from this person after I set up cameras and caught him going into my unit while I was at work to make sure I turned my AC, heat, lights, faucets?(I know, he was insane!) and unplugged stuff on numerous occasions. Never got a 24 or even 1 hour notice on when he was coming in. Had to have a friend move in the last week, so he couldn't come inside while I was gone. With that being said, if he doesn't get you with the constant trying to get more money out of you for electric and how it is your fault, the constant thought of him being in your home will."
"I’m writing this from the experience of 2 friends. Jan is the manager at Kauffman properties. She is a stone cold hateful woman who says she won’t lease to boys. She won’t let you store anything in the basement. She drives by or has other people drive by to check on what you’re doing and its creepy. She also has to have monthly check ins on your apartment. She will tell you she’s coming in a day or so but when she gets there she barges right in without knocking. She used her own key. Obviously she’s not allowed to open anything but it’s still annoying that she has to do monthly check ins on 22 year olds. If you’re worried about your tenants then don’t rent to college kids.. ya know. She will also get pissed if the tiniest bit of your wheel is off the gravel and in the grass. Other people have told me that when their friend stopped out front with a dog that she thought the tenants had snuck a dog on the property. So she tried to fine them. When my friends mother tried to contact her about specifics Jan told her she can only speak to the tenant... which doesn’t make sense since her mom pays the bills and was asking simple questions. She also said she would fine you $25 for every unnecessary email she received and take it from your deposit. She’s a roach and I have told every single one of my friends to literally rent from ANYBODY else. She has those yellow signs mostly in the campus areas of University, State Street, Elizabeth and some on Fontaine. Avoid the Kauffman’s."
"Where to begin. Phil is the owner of the property but Ally is the property manager. You exclusively deal with Ally. Any efforts to contact Phil are ignored. From October to July things were regularly stolen from the parking lot, bikes and cars broken into. We pleaded with the landlords to install security cameras and all they would do is tell us to call the cops... which, ACAB, but also completely useless in this kind of situation. Finally after months of pleading security cameras were installed in June. Then after my bike was stolen (for the second time) they refused to look at the footage or let me see it. Phil regularly sits in his car and watches the building to see when tenants are not home and he and Ally have absolutely entered the unit without our knowledge or permission. I firmly believe they are the ones behind the theft. Also Phil insisted on showing our still occupied unit in the middle of a global pandemic after we begged to do a virtual tour and even provided him with photos and videos of our unit per his request. They are two of the most vile and evil assholes I have ever dealt with. The building is cute and cheap and great if you work downtown but dealing with them is so not worth it."