I overall had an incredible experience and her apartment is so cute and well maintained. I think that most people must have had a bad experience with one of the temp property managers because Catherine is so kind and understanding!!
This review reflects an applicant only experience. I was required to complete an application before even seeing the place, which is abnormal and pretty selfish on her part if you think about it, but, ok, sure. I had to answer a question about what my stance on blame is, which was red flag #1. This isn’t an appropriate question for someone you are thinking of going into a legal contract with as they do retain the right to sue you and vice versa. She should not give anyone a reason to blame her for anything and then she doesn’t need to ask this question. Secondly, after scheduling a showing with me and telling me I was first in line, she fully reneged and said she had further paperwork requirements of my co-signor who wouldn’t have even been living there, was in another state, and she canceled the showing she had already made with me. I couldn’t even get a showing until the very end of the process, essentially. She then took 2+ days to respond when I said ok but what specifically are you requiring, which she had been only vague about. She claimed “several” people were interested in the unit, but a month later it’s still available. I found the process fairly incompetent, shallow, rude and inconsiderate.
This is been the worst experience of my life. I highly suggest that nobody ever rent anything from this woman. First of all you will never see her and she will send a younger woman to tell you that she’s out of the country. I have never personally met her. She has a horrible reputation for being a slumlord in Nederland. I highly suggest that you not rent any properties from this woman.
Catherine was the most unprofessional, rude, caddy, downright heartless woman, let alone property manager I have ever dealt with. I do not know why it has taken me so long to even write a review, maybe because I am such a nice person that I honestly even still feel slight guilt for shaming her name. But after taking time to HEAL MYSELF (literally took a long time for that - thats how much this woman effed me up lol), I will never forget my short time with her as our property manager and so I feel called to warn as many people as possible. During the last few weeks of our stay when she began showing the apartment to other potential visitors, we complied and never said a lick to any of these poor souls that were about to sign with her. (as much as I would have loved to warn them, I still kept my composure and kept as calm as possible in ALL of my correspondences and exchanges with her) What does she do though? Texts me HORRIBLY RUDE COMMENTS and unneccesary comments (and out of line if you ask me )about "My poor dog not having water in his cage". Excuse me, my dog has a dog walker that would come to our house THREE TIMES A DAY TO LET HIM OUT, play with him, feed him, let him release, and of course give him water. I was more on top of it then she even cared to ask about before jumping to some conclusions, judging and then slinging her rude comments that really, at the end of the day, were only to make me somehow feel inferior or dumb or vulnerable. Great person, right? She pulled literally every card in the book to snake money from us that was wrongfully not hers, like requiring us to pay the ENTIRE ELECTRIC BILL for a duplex when it clearly states in our lease that we are only responsible for half. She claimed there were no tenants on the other half of the duplex - but I heard people next door (since I literally LIVE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL) every.single.day. Her business practices were not just illegal - she even went about them pompously and rudely and with no regard for other humans. All I wanted was either proof that there was in fact no other tennant next door, OR, at least a furnished copy of the bill I supposedly owed so that I knew I was at least rightfully paying my dues as opposed to just getting scammed (which I knew is what was happening.) And instead of either of those things - she only wrote me back giving us the option to "kindly let us out of our lease" and at the end of the sentence was also writing "BUT I WILL NEVER LET YOU RENEW YOUR LEASE WITH ME, EVEN IF YOU WANTED TO. // I only have relationships with those that have integrity" LOL. Inviting and warming right? Making it seem like we did ANYTHING wrong here, and "kicking us out" in the most legal sense of the term. Comments like those, even despite the inviting option to leave, really makes me feel comfortable staying and putting up with another 6 months of utter abuse even though we would have done it for the sake of having and keeping a roof over our heads. When we made the decision to amicably split ways with her, although thats OBVIOUSLY not the resolution we wish to have come to, she then left my boyfriend and I to figure out removing our things within LESS THAN A MONTH, at a time when I was ALSO AWAY ON BUSINESS and she KNEW that. How does one move out of an apartment while on the other side of the country? My poor boyfriend had to pack up and move out every single item in our home just because she was not budging. ALl the wihle - please remember - we still have not done a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g wrong here other than rightfully amd respectfully ASK if paying the whole utility bill was fair and just? Instead of even answering the question (which she obviously wouldnt since she WAS acting illegally)............all she responded with was our ultimatum moving forward. No compassion, no understanding, no answers. Just "take it or leave it". If that is not a power trip, IDK what is. This woman has no compassion, and although landlords dont need to be your friend - THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE YOUR ENEMY. You should not have to live in constant fear that this woman will either -kick you out at any moment, or worse- create such an uncomfortable living space that the DISGUSTINGLY HIGH RENT no longer even feels worth it. Rent for a beautiful home, dont get me wrong, but on a dirt road in the MOUNTAINS, she was charging us $1,695 NOT including utilities. IT was a MANDATORY $105 for the water bill every month. So rent + water (still not including ANY utilities, and especially not trash) was a total of $1800. She must have really thought she scored big time when these two young people were excitedto finally make a life for themselves as a couple in the mountains. She took advantage of us, raped us on the price, and then slowly tore us down emotionally mentally and financially. This is an experience I never want to go through again and one that I hope nobody else has EVER had to deal with or will have to in the future. I frankly dont even see how this woman still has her job, unless of course she owns this company? Who knows. Another tidbit just to see the character: We accidentally left our modem in the apartment (the only thing left in the apt upon our need to almost immediately vacate - not shabby considering she gave my boyfriend less than half a month to vacate completely) - and what did she do? She texts meto let me know that she WAS LEAVING IT OUTSIDE ON THE PORCH for me to get when I can. I MOVED AWAY - HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO GET BACK UP TO NEDERLAND BEFORE THE NEXT RAINSTORM? Well, not only was it completely ruined due to the poor weather we had been experiencing - she fell off the face of the earth everytime I tried to plea to ask her to at least take it to her office, etc. to hold onto in the meantime. Cost me even more money with the internet company because I had to return a damaged good that I had a security deposit on. - She waited literally almost until the end of her "legal 60 days" to return our security deposit. Would have been SUPER helpful to put towards a new place. Without that, my boyfriend literally had to sleep on the floor of a friends house with our dog until i got back from my business trip and was able to help him look for a new place. - ALWAYS sent email "reminders" about dog poop not being picked up - but she showed up to the property unannounced one day and threatened me by "reminding me" THAT EACH FECES IS A $250 charge if she sees it. My dog had JUST pooped. Am I painting a picture as to how this woman functions? God forbid a dog poops and you dont clean it up within the first 5 minutes. And also - how about a little privacy? All of the houses are so close together that she would legally set up a meeting with a NEIGHBOR about x-y-z (other tennants that loathe her and warned us about her the very first day we moved in) - she would then leave that meeting and moments later (like clockwork) i would get an email about something with our lawn. She was using it as an opportunity to spy on the property and checkup. No need to "announce herself" or give us warning if she is "only at the neighbors right?". That is not how that works. - She harrased my boyfriend and I about cleaning up this OLD RUSTED AND DIRTY stove that was just sitting in the front yard. WHy is that our responsibility? And why should we be punished when we did literally everything else she ever asked us - and because of busy work schedules we simply did not have time to take on gardening tasks that are NOT in our lease, not our responsibility - and frankly a very time consuming project that nobody with a 45+ hour workweek can afford. Worst. Person. I have honestly EVER met.
I rented an apartment in Nederland from Catherine for over two years, and in that time I never had any problems. She was responsive, kind, and respectful. In fact, the only reason I'm leaving is due to a job change and a longer commute because of it. If it weren't for that, I would have gladly renewed my lease! I've noticed that some people have had some bad things to say, but in my experience, if you treat her and her property with respect, she repays that in kind. Highly recommend!
We reached out to Cathlene about the basement rental in Boulder. She was very courteous at first and took a video of the property when we could not view it ourselves. While she was generally kind, there was a moment when discussing cleaning up after pets in the yard, she told me I "wasn't saying exactly what she wanted to hear" after I explained that we didn't clean up after our pets daily where we currently live but that we could clean up after them daily at her property. This negative comment was definitely off putting. We were ready to apply but when I asked her what she planned on doing with our bank account numbers from the application, she never explained. This made me feel uneasy, so I began to research her which landed me here. Because of the negative reviews (especially the ones about the specific one we would be renting that she apparently illegally rents as a duplex), we chose not to rent from her so I didn't send in an application. She texted me several days later to inquire and I let her know we would pursue another property she told me she was happy she didn't rent to us. It didn't take long for her to turn on us just like many of the previous reviews mentioned. These are small things, but do you really want to deal with this for a year? nah.
We lived in a single family home that she illegally rented as a duplex. Just after we moved in she started to ask my boyfriend and I to sign a domestic partnership agreement so that she could rent the property to more than 3 unrelated individuals. We refused but she went ahead and rented the property to another couple. A Boulder County housing officer stopped by 7 months after we moved in and started asked us questions and inspecting the property, this is when we learned she was illegally renting the basement where we lived as a separate unit. She asked us to move out early, which we did. She then proceeded to take over 2 months to return the security deposit and when she did we were charged outrageous fees like 10 hours of hauling trash. We had to take her to court to get the rest of our deposit (we won!). The 3 previous tenants at the same property also took her to court for withholding the security deposit.
Catherine Corona is a great landlord. She is generous, honest and fair and goes the extra mile to give tenants an attractive and well- functioning home. She is prompt to respond to needs and easy to reach in emergencies. She is careful to make sure her properties are kept in the best of condition and will work with tenants to solve any issues which may arise. I would absolutely choose Catherine to rent from again.
Catherine was on vacation during my move in date, and no move in inspection was conducted. Overcharged, unliveable basement apartment. Consequently accused me of preexisting damage to the house and yard. She has not returned the deposit in 60+ days after the lease ended. She set up a move-out inspection but did not attend it, and ended up doing an inspection less than an hour before the next tenants were to move in. She breached contract multiple times...visiting the house without proper 24 hour notice, not repairing items that were promised to be repaired in the lease. (i.e. broken dryer +5 months). Violated multiple housing codes in Boulder (no proper fire escapes, no smoke detectors). Threatened to evict me when her check deposit service lost my check. Also very hot headed and quick to accusations, very disagreeable and disrespectful.
Catherine is the worst possible landlord imaginable. She illegally tried to charge multiple tenants in duplexes for utilities that applied to the whole building. In my two years as her tenant, I only did things to improve her overpriced tiny unit. Now that I do not live there she is trying to charge me for hundreds over my entire two thousand dollar security deposit. Furthermore, when I ask she can not produce proof of any of the charges she is charging such as a professional carpet cleaning worth hundreds (which was not necessary). I have also visited the unit and talked to the new tenants and several of the replacements and repairs that Catherine Corona charged my security deposit for have not even been done. Now she has sold this supposed money I owe her to a collection agency who also cannot produce actual proof of the charges. It would be a dumb idea for anyone to even consider renting from this con artist.
We were happy that the utilities were so low in our place. It was very well insulated and warm even though it was in Nederland and it was a cold, cold winter. The home was in perfect working order and if there was a repair necessary Ms. Corona handled it immediately. I would rent one of Ms. Corona's properties any time. She is a fair and very nice person.
Catherine Corona was an excellent Landlord. She attended to repairs that came up immediately and works with professional and astute workman who were always professional and nice. We received our security deposit back well before the due date. The home was warm and immaculate and in perfect repair. She was always working on improvements and the yards. We really didn't see her much, only in the summers when she was working on the yards with her workmen but she was always available by phone or text. She seemed to have some nasty tenants that were our neighbors, seems to go with Nederland, but she would graciously handle the messes they made or the noise so they didn't end up bothering the neighborhood for long. We would rent from her again!
I rented from Catherine for 1 year in Nederland. She wants what all property owners want, for her tenants to pay rent on time and take care of her property. Catherine was good to us. She was always patient, understanding and courteous. I would definitely rent from her again.
Catherine has more integrity than most anyone I know. I have overheard her conversations with many tenants, seen her properties, and know first-hand her commitment to top quality rentals and service. Anyone who complains is most likely a crummy tenant who isn't clean, reliable, or responsible. She is a top-notch landlord!
I rented from this landlord in Boulder. She was highly responsive and understanding to my situation which involved a few delays on my end. She listened when I called her to explain what was going on with me (not my usual landlord experience). She was very reasonable to work with. I would recommend her to other college kids like myself who need a clean, safe place to live in Boulder during school.
I completely disagree with the first two reviewers below!! Catherine worked with us from afar to secure a rental before we were able to move to Nederland. She was honest, fair, accommodating and very pleasant to work with. We absolutely loved our house and found it to be what was described to us by Catherine. The few little glitches that arose were tended to promptly, as were my phone calls if I had any questions. Catherine is busy, but with some advance notice scheduling the move out was no problem. In fact, because of the next tenants proposed move in-day, Catherine was even willing to let us extend our lease by a week, which helped us out tremendously. Unfortunately, we were only in Colorado for a short sabbatical, but Catherine's house in Nederland...not fancy, but well-maintained and cute...made our dream of living in a mountain town for a short while a reality, and as our landlord, we can't thank Catherine enough for helping us make the experience possible for our family.
Although there is definite room for improvement, I found Catherine to be kind and responsive to the needs of the house. She was quick in returning our deposit and wished us well in our new home. The only glitch we had was that we had intended on renting out our 3rd room and ended up not being able to due to zoning regulations (we found this out after moving in). Unfortunately, this greatly affected our rent which would have been very reasonable if split with 3 people but split with 2 was very high for the area. I found Catherine to be easy to talk with and fair about everything that was within her power. It would have been helpful to have our rent reduced after finding out we had to cover the 3rd room but she did offer to let us out of our lease without penalty if that was what was needed. She also had people working on the house to make minor improvements to the garden/yard, as well as the roof. The house was quite nice and we enjoyed living there.
Same experience as the others. Suspiciously absent from walk through at move in and refused walk through at move out. Took over 2 months to return deposit with several bogus charges. How she is allowed to rent in Boulder and Nederland still is beyond me. DO NOT RENT FROM HER. She likes to threaten you and blame you for everything, even when it is her fault. She pretends to be nice and uses her potential illness as an excuse but she is a nasty nasty person. DO NOT GET HOODWINKED BY HER. She will also try and make you feel like YOU are the person she wants to rent to. And that if you don't rent from her you will never find a place to live... don't believe it. Stay away.
I have found, over the past 22 years of managing property, that those tenants that are not responsible; don't pay their bills and move out without cleaning and blame the landlord. It's the classic abusive personality syndrome. They blame their landlord or whoever else they can, play the victim, and are often vindictive. There is always another side to every story. I take my property management duties very seriously and keep my properties well maintained. I always try my best to take care of my tenants as best as I can and have done for many years. I have tenants that have been with me for over 4 years and one in particular that rented from me twice. I have never raised anyones rent!!! Mostly my tenants don't see me except in the summer when I am doing maintenance. do my best all ways and do enjoy managing properties and do love and care about my great tenants.
I would really discourage anyone from renting from this landlord. I also had a terrible time setting up utilities, and she pressured me to pay utilities for our duplex neighbors (since they never paid their bills on time.) She also kept our deposit for months, until I threatened her with legal action. She just doesn't seem honest, emotionally healthy or capable of carrying out her duties as a landlord. If you're looking to rent in Boulder or Nederland, ask around and you'll learn pretty quickly not to rent from Galactic Properties. What a terrible experience.
This woman was almost indescribably awful. I rented a duplex from her in Nederland, along with 2 other girls. Setting up electricity and water bill payments was a NIGHTMARE. She tried even to force us to pay for our neighbor's electricity bill (since we had to split it and only received one bill with our names on it), saying she would pay us back. When we refused, she was extremely upset. She was constantly defensive, almost paranoid (when I sent her an email with a step-by-step list of what we would clean when we were ready to move out-since she never gave us a walk-through-she emailed back saying she would sever all acquaintance with me and refused to let us be present for the walk-through; all I wanted to do was ensure we weren't cheated out of our deposit).She kept our deposit OVER 2 MONTHS after it was supposed to be returned to us.Incredibly poor professionalism, bad business practice. This lady is crazy. Ask around--no one likes this woman.