"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."
“It was a cheap place to rent, so that's why I went for it. I was asleep in bed one day (no work that day!), and I woke up hearing keys in the door and my landlord starts to open the door. I had to yell to him not to come in, and he luckily closed the door and left. I couldn't help but wonder how often this happened when I wasn't home, since this was an unscheduled day off for me. Another time, I had just gotten out of the shower and he did the same thing. I was still in the bathroom and had to yell at him I just got out of the shower and he left. What gives? The lease stated he was to give you 48-hour notice before coming into your apartment, but I wasn't afforded that luxury. I texted him after that incident and told him he needs to text me in advance if he needs to come into the apartment or it will keep inconveniencing him. During the last month of renting, to keep prices low, he said, you are supposed to be open the entire month for possible new tenants to come in and look at the place. I could get behind that. But I was given zero notice that anyone would possibly want to come to look at the place. I was not given the 48 hours. He knocked on the door WITH someone next to him. I had him wait about 5 minutes since I wasn't dressed and he definitely seemed annoyed with me since the viewer had to spend that 10 minutes waiting. That's why you give the 48 hours notice? Hell, 12 or 24 hours would have been sufficient. I didn't feel safe being alone, there was always that threat that he or maintenance would just come in. Other important things to mention: A pipe above my bathroom was leaking and my bathroom ceiling sagged down and was filled with water. He cut out that part of the ceiling and fixed the pipe for the person upstairs (they had problems, too). But for 7 of the 12 months I rented there, I had a huge, gaping hole in my bathroom ceiling that was never fixed. When the apartment viewer (mentioned above) came inside and the landlord brought him into the bathroom, he was very lighthearted and said he was working to fix that and said it in a way where I was supposed to agree he's on top of it. I didn't. I was told to do certain things to avoid mold in the winter, which I did, but there was black mold (not sure if it was THE black mold) in every room of the apartment. It wasn't clean when I moved in. The stove was missing one of its knobs. There was a cartoon-size mouse hole by the floor I had to stuff to keep anything in the walls out. This was a one-bedroom with a living room, but the AC was only in the bedroom, so it was more like a studio unless you wanted to be dripping in sweat in the living room during the summer and ice cold in the winter. No matter how much I cleaned, it still felt and looked dirty. My upstairs neighbor had a dog she left alone all the time. This poor dog barked incessantly. I put up with it, as we were allowed to have pets until I started losing sleep and my sanity. It was literally more than a week after I talked to him that he even mentioned it to my neighbor--I had to follow up with him to see that he had done nothing about it. I didn't feel respected or safe living here. I do not recommend living here. Even though the landlord is a nice guy, and it appears you'll have no problems living here when you tour it and talk to Marty, don't be deceived. He's neglectful and disrespectful of the space you pay to live in.”
“This is the worst place i have ever lived. Yes it is income based but we still should be treated like people. Christine acts like she is better than everyone and is RUDE RUDE RUDE. Maintenance men will just walk up in your house and not give a damn. I have mold that ive told them FIVE times about. My air and heat doesnt work properly. Too many issues and THEY DO NOT CARE. If i could afford somewhere better for my kids and I. Id be gone. They make me feel like im a nobody over here.”
"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.”
“Mr. Smith was rude and hateful. We did have an issue with getting the rent payment to go through to him, but we offered to bring him cash, money order, whatever he wanted.. he would not accept. He gave us 24 hours to vacate on 8 January 2020, when he hadn't accepted Dec & Jan rent. So we just moved out in one day rather than deal with this crazy man. He came into our home unannounced, he didn't respond to texts or voicemails. Not worth dealing with this hateful person.”
"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."