My belongings are being stolen. But the apartment has never been broken into. Another tenant said the maintenance guys are coming in and out while I'm not at home. Strange how would they know I'm not there , got to be cameras, because its every time I go shopping. Trying to catch then. Never can. Need help.
I lived in a building owned by Joe for three years in Northern Liberties. After having slumlords at Temple, I thought Joe was great. The standards in Philly aren't very high so with that in mind, I really enjoyed living in the building. I thought it was really secure. He has all the doors as fire doors. I had my door pushed in when I lived at Temple so the fact that everything is metal made me feel much safer. I never had any issue with any break ins and it was not the best area when I first moved in so I was really impressed at how safe I felt living there. He was really flexible on the deposit once I decided to move in. He knew I would be a good tenant, so it wasn't a rat race to bring a big check to him. I gave him $100 deposit and then sent him the rest of the money that week. I appreciated that. Overall my first apartment was great. It wasn't repainted, but I never asked for fresh paint and it was clean upon move in, which was all I needed. The apartment had been de-mouseified at move in. Maybe there was an issue beforehand, but either Joe or the previous tenant had the baseboards all sealed. I lived in this apartment for two years and only had one issue with my pipes freezing. Joe literally came to my house at 10PM on a Friday night and again on a Saturday within one hour of me calling him to fix the problem. He felt terrible that I had no hot water and went way out of his way on the weekend to make sure he fixed the issue. He kept the heat on in the vacant apartment underneath me for the winter so that the issue wouldn't happen again. After outgrowing this apartment, I knew there was a bigger apartment on the same floor as me that was about to be vacant. I contacted Joe about making the move. He said it was no problem and let me switch my lease and deposit over to the bigger apartment. It was painless. I asked him to repaint, which he did. I did notice a few mouse holes in the apartment but we sealed everything and I never had any rodent or bug issues. I had one issue with the ceiling leaking and it created mold in the ceiling. It was fixed quickly - although not the best job aesthetically but I didn't care since I was moving out. I moved out after three years as I moved to a new city. I received my security deposit back (less of $25 due to minor damages - which I can agree with). If I ever move back to Philly, I would probably consider contacting Joe again. He is affordable and you can count on him to fix any issues you may have. I would definitely recommend!
This building was a nightmare. Ceiling leaked with water, Joe apparently "had it fixed" but it kept leaking until we moved out, and he tried to blame us for the damage. Junkies living below us were terribly loud, and annoying, and their dogs never stopped barking, and this was a NO DOG building. Mice and bugs infested the side of the house, and we had a never ending ant problem that grossed us out. Mold problem in the basement was ignored completely, probably because Joe didn't want to spend the time and money to fix it properly. There was a washer and dryer, but it was filthy, didn't work at all, and to top it off was coin operated, so have fun spending 20 dollars to get your clothes dry. The locks on every single door in the building could also be picked with a credit card in about 10 seconds, so there is absolutely no security whatsoever. Avoid this slumlord, he comes off nice when you meet him, but he doesn't care an ounce about you, or the problems with his building.
I don't recommend Brotman Enterprises. The apartment was very dirty and things had been poorly repaired when I moved in. Although I always paid my rent on time, they took weeks to just respond to maintenance requests for serious issues, including mold and a PRE-EXISTING pest problem. Several things in my apartment were not up to code. I was told by an outside maintenance man that the furnace is an environmental hazard that could be reported to the EPA if I wanted. I was physically sick for the entire last month that I lived there. Joe's a nice enough guy and I understand the difficulty of being a landlord when lots of people can't pay on time or at all, but last I read these guys have over 100 properties, no wonder they're trying to do the minimum at everything. I heard from people looking at my place that they are renting it out again for cheaper than what I paid, probably so they don't have to fix the very big problems within. That's the definition of slumlord.
Joe, while a seemingly nice guy, is an awful landlord. I was promised that the apartment would be cleaned and certain things would be fixed before I moved in. The place had not been cleaned and nothing was fixed. The smoke detector system was broken, and stayed that way until, multiple emails and two months later, a guy showed up at 9pm on a Saturday to fix it. Beyond that, he has the utilities wired in some weird way. When I moved in I had hot water in my kitchen and gas for my stove but none in my bathroom. The heater was also not functioning. Again, after a two month wait a repairman showed up unannounced, and supposedly fixed the heater. A month later I still don't have heat in my bedroom. There are countless other issues that remain unresolved, but I think you get the idea. Steer clear of Brotman Enterprises.