I rented a bedroom in the condo at 7833 Fox Horn Drive for over two years. When I first moved in, the condo was beautiful, but it declined over the years, and by the end of my time, I was very ready to leave. The owner, who lived onsite and who was one of my roommates, occupies one bedroom of the condo, but doesn't take a lot of pride in the cleanliness or presentation of the condo. Here's a list of things that became disappointments for me personally--everyone is different, but this is my honest review of what I didn't love about living there: *Messy & dirty common areas--The owner/landlord would not agree to hire & share cost of a cleaning person for the common areas, even though she was one of the messiest roommates. As a result, the floors, stairs, common kitchen and bathroom areas were not cleaned very often. They became very dirty as other tenants including landlord do not always clean up after themselves, leave crumbs, track dirt & debris into the condo, forget to throw away expired food, don't take the trash out, etc. At first, I did my share of vacumning the stairs and taking the trash out on trash days, to keep the place looking nice, but eventually I felt like I was the only tenant cleaning them. *Landlord/owner treats the common areas like it's her own place and not a shared space--I would often come home to find random boxes, food/leftovers, expired groceries, tools, etc. just lying around the condo. An example would be leaving her dead flowers in the vase on the counter for three months. Or leaving an old light fixture on the kitchen floor for months instead of throwing it away or putting it in the garage. When I had company come over, I had to clean up the common areas, to not be embarrassed. Simply put, the landlord who lives there, doesn't clean up after herself and doesn't make any apologies for it. *Smelly fridge--this is self explanatory. I usually had to text the other residents & owner/roommate for help cleaning out the fridge. My boyfriend said he could smell the fridge contents from the front door. *Lack of parking accomodations--she charges an extra $100 if you want to park in the garage. If not, you have to park outside on the driveway or park at the end of the street and walk to the condo. Since I was already paying $760 rent for my room, I felt this was overly expensive. Most apartments charge $35 for covered parking. *Stingy with the Air conditioning and heat--Since it is a three story condo, the top level where my room was, gets really really hot in the summer time. My rent price included paid utilities. After a few months, I discovered that the landlord monitored and controlled the use of AC & heat remotely from her smart phone. So, sometimes I would run the AC but then a few minutes later, it would be turned off already and I assumed that was landlord turning it back off from remotely! At night, she seemed to set it at 80 degrees or above, so I would have to run the ceiling fan constantly to stay cool at night. It was a constant battle to keep my room in a comfortable temperature. *Noisy roommate at night--Although I eventually just learned to accept it, I learned over the years that the owner/landlord is what I would call a nightowl and was noisy mostly at night. It was very common for her to come home at or after 11pm and start banging pots and pans in the kitchen, cooking something, or worse, start repairing something after midnight, or start a load of laundry, etc. Sometimes, it felt as though it was HER house, so she could do whatever she wanted. *Problems with cable and internet--there were long stretches where we had constant issues with the internet going out, and she/her internet provider were not responsive about fixing them. Eventually, she upgraded to a different service and then raised the rent $10 to cover the new service. Then eventually, she got rid of cable entirely, because she said it was too expensive--but she made no adjustments to the rental price. She downgraded from cable to streaming, but reduce the rent in light of the eliminated service. There were other issues along the way, and there were some positives as well. Overall, though, it was definitely time to move on. In hindsight, I wouldn't have signed the lease for more than $650-$675. I feel like I overpaid because the condo seemed really top notch when I moved in--but again, it visibly declined and became dirtier over the years. *Security deposit issue--the security deposit was $600. While she agreed to refund me $500 back after I moved out, there was an issue with the electronic transfer from her bank and I did not receive the money due to an error her bank made with the transfer. When I pursued the owner about it, she tried to clear it up with her bank for one week, and then once they refused to resolve the matter, she simply washed her hands of the matter and told me good luck. I was left on my own to pursue HER bank for the security deposit money/the transfer error. She basically said it was "out of her control". Overall, I liked my room and the neighborhood but it definitely wasn't worth the $760 pricetag.
Multi-year massive building-wide bed bug infestation and Alma couldn't have cared less. They dealt with each infestation individually and did not alert the entire building. We were in the apartment for about eight years and left after a horrible, financially draining bedbug situation. Alma was useless and awful. Would not recommend them to anyone. Most irresponsible, lazy landlords - even the super thought so - which was confirmed by many neighbors who had been in the building for decades.