Overall, Hanley is a good landlord. He is responsive, but often comes over without notice. He always wants to resolve an issue, but sometimes the solution is not the most permanent or secure. He is always willing to have a conversation, but sometimes he doesn't take responsibility for problems with his property. When I moved in the walls were not painted and there were fleas from the previous tenants. I had to paint the house (despite the lease stating that it would be painted prior to move-in).
Ten out of ten!
I had the pleasure of living in a Hanley Bodek original in 2012. Wow. Just wow. I'm guessing that the place was off the books, because it was definitely not up to code. It seemed to be a warehouse space that could have used a renovation at the time of purchase to make it habitable but never got one. Unfinished cement floors... The kitchen sink was a plastic shop sink. The heating and cooling was massively inefficient and the windows were all 19th century counterweighted numbers with cracks to the outside air like sieves. The place was absolutely freezing, to the point that other, smaller spaces (also not to code) were built by the tenants inside the unit to keep the heat in. My biggest qualm with Hanley was that he ultimately kept my entire deposit because "the other roommates told him I had guests over." I had no idea what that meant, as I had only had a handful of visitors, and I very much saw it as a predatory statement by a landlord who simply wanted to keep my deposit and knew that he had power over me.
I spent my last year of college and my first few months in the work force living in one of Hanley's apartments. Had I not needed to move for personal reasons, I would have loved to stay. Hanley always answered my calls and emails immediately. Once, a particularly rainy night caused our smoke detectors to go off by mistake. When we couldn't get them all to stop, Hanley came over at 2am in the rain to help us fix them. This was just one example of many times that Hanley came through for us. There was never any hassle and it was pleasant and easy to live there.
I had a great experience living here and Hanley was a great landlord. When we had issues with our neighbors he was always responsive and quick to be willing to help us
Landlords in Philadelphia tend to have a reputation for being sketchy and unhelpful, but renting from Hanley was a surprisingly pleasant and positive experience. He was highly responsive to our maintenance requests and would follow up to ensure that the issue had been resolved. We also felt a sense of mutual respect and fairness- as tenants, we respected the property and paid rent on time, and as a landord, Hanley was communicative and considerate. Overall, he was one of the best landlords I've rented from and, if the opportunity arose, I would not hesitate to rent from him again.
Hanley was a great landlord. He owns some buildings and houses in Powelton Village (where he also lives). He appreciates the history and architecture of the neighborhood and doesn't tear down and put up new construction- all of his houses have been respectfully restored or upgraded for contemporary living. Hanley is also welcoming and supportive of artists and has tons big live/work spaces to offer in the neighborhood. In addition to having MANY friends who rent from him, I also recently recommended my mom rent from him- she loves her loft! He was extremely fair about lease terms when I moved into my apartment and was also accommodating of timing, logistics and returning the deposit when I moved out. He was quick to respond when I needed any thing, but also gave us plenty privacy. We could use a few more landlords like Hanley.
Hanley was easy to get in touch with, responsive and accommodating of our requests for repairs to the unit, and effective with implementing changes and alterations to the apartment. When there was an issue with our alarm system or an appliance, he showed up within minutes to help us solve the problem. I would recommend those looking to rent property in West Philadelphia contact Hanley Bodek.
Great for short term and long term renting
Hanley was an excellent and attentive land lord. He always gave notice when he was coming by and went above and beyond by helping us clean on a couple of occasions. Whenever there was an issue, he would respond within a day and schedule it to be taken care of.
Hanley was responsive to all of our requests and showed up in a timely fashion. We dealt with ants in the summer, but Hanley was not to blame for that. He always gave notice if he was coming by and respected our privacy. We lost a very small amount of our security deposit, but that was for an oven cleaning fee that was entirely justified. We had 0 complaints with Hanley and we would certainly rent from him again.
Hanley and his partner are attentive and responsible landlords. I have rented a commercial space from him for over 15 years and he continues to treat us well. He consistently checks in to ensure that the property is up to high standards and is there anything he can do to make property work better for us. I am proud to call him a business partner and would highly recommend renting any of his property.
If you’re thinking about renting one of Hanley Bodeks properties I’d definitely recommend it.
I have had only a couple issues requiring his attention, and Hanley has responded quickly each time.
I lived in one of Hanley's row houses. When I moved in, the place was totally dirty (no one was hired to clean), we requested a deadbolt that never came, Hanley never believed that the heating system was not working in my room for two months (I had to buy an electric heater), until his associate checked that in person much later. We had constantly rodents and bugs of every kind and size, due to holes in the kitchen cabinets, that were extremely old, and the pest became a huge issue. I decided to leave before the lease ended and not ony Hanley was very rude to me, but he didn't understand it and kept my security deposit.
We really enjoyed renting from Hanley during our 6 years in Philadelphia. He was very laid back, respectful of our privacy and hands off, but quick to respond to any house/maintenance issues. The loft apartment we rented from him was an incredible space - one of the most unique places we've ever lived. We were quite sad to leave, but life circumstances pulled us away from Philadelphia. Hanley is also very fair and reasonable with his leasing and rent policies. We have absolutely no complaints about our experience renting from Hanley, and would gladly recommend him as a landlord to anyone looking for a place to live in Philadelphia.
Hanley is by far the most helpful and responsible landlord I have had in West Philadelphia while a student at Drexel. Really genuine, down to earth guy who cares about his residents and the community that they live in. Whenever my roommates and I had a maintenance issue, he responded within the hour and sent someone out to fix it. The apartment had a great amount of natural light and an incredible layout with a really great living area as well as a great roof deck and loft. Hanley was even kind enough to help out with the move-out process by cleaning/painting parts of the apartment free of charge. He made the entire process effortless and my time in the apartment even better. I would happily recommend him to anyone looking for an apartment in West Philly!
Hanley Bodek and his business partner John Lindsay live in the Powelton Village/West Powelton community, and made sure we felt welcome and connected to other residents. They are invested in the area and helped revive the area after decades of abandonment and lack of investment.
Highly recommended. Quick to respond to any house issues and was very respectful of our privacy. He was also very fair and flexible with the lease.
I would recommend anyone rent from Hanley. He genuinely cares about his houses and tenants.
The property was the best priced for all of the amenities (including a deck that was replaced when we asked b/c boards were creaking).
Hanley was very understanding and respectful with us. I never had a problem with him and I remember one time my roommates and I were late on rent. Usually if you are there is an extra fee you have to pay on top of the rent. Hanley told me not to worry and to just drop the check off at my earliest convenience. It was refreshing to deal with someone who understood things like this happen and it was a stress relief for us. Overall very positive experience from him.
Overall I found that Hanley was non-intrusive, but available and responsive whenever there was an issue with the house or the lease. I would recommend him as a Landlord. Hanley was always accommodating of any unusual circumstances that occasionally popped up with our group such as being a little late on rent because one of our roommates was out of town or swapping people on and off the lease when people had to move out. The house was comfortable, close to campus, extremely affordable, and well-priced for the size, especially compared to other properties in the area.
Worst Landlord and completely unprofessional thank god I only had a 6 month lease, and I still had to get out of it early because the place was terrible and he was incredibly awful to deal with.