Living in his property for two years was quite the improvement over any Drexel affiliated housing, and for a cheaper price too. The apartment was recently renovated, and so it was in very nice condition for the duration of my tenure there. One winter break, the HVAC system broke down on 12/30, and early the next day, new years eve, he managed to get a contractor in to fix it, within 24 hours AND on a holiday. He does care about making his housing comfortable for his tenants and I would not mind living in another property of his if I were to move back to Philly.
I lived in an apartment rented from Sean Aronin for 2 years and overall I had a positive experience. He responded quickly to issues and got repairs taken care of in a timely manner. There were some reoccurring issues with a leaking roof and the air conditioner did go out a few times during the first summer, but he made sure the issues got fixed. Both times the roof leaked he had someone out to patch it within a day or so. There were some issues with repairing the airconditioning unit (needing replacement parts that had to be ordered), but Sean refunded us some of our rent to make up for the time we had to deal with no AC. Other than those issues it was a really great apartment, and if I still lived in Philadelphia I would be happy to have Sean as my landlord.
He is a slumlord with really shady business practices. When we signed the lease the apartment was under construction and he promised that it would be done by the start of lease. The apartment wasn't ready 15 days into the lease and we had people working in the apartment all day. Even after 15 days he didn't finish the work and the apartment was barely livable with construction material lying around. He had asked for the deposits electronically via PayPal for friends and family and not PayPal for business as he didn't want to pay processing fees. That doesn't generate any receipt and isn't legally upheld. I kept the lease fearing that if I ask for my money back he won't return it and I won't be able to legally challenge him. While on legality of things, the apartment had no smoke detectors, sprinklers or fire extinguishers. The lease was printed off a bootleg website and probably wasn't legal. The whole building's water was cut off for a week because he didn't pay the bills. Him and his handymen constantly barged in without a 24hr notice as mentioned in the "lease". He never fixed things within the period mentioned in the lease and we were never given a reason for the delay. We had pest everywhere, he said he called the exterminators but no one ever came. It was just him placing sticky traps around the building. All this for more than the average price of an apartment in the area.
Poot communication skills. Does not respond quickly to comments or concerns. Waited four months to tell me I owed him fees for paying electronically, though it was never stated in the lease that I would be required to pay these fees. Threatened me with late fees if not the fees were not paid in a week. Then I started paying by check and he did not tell me that he did not receive my payment. I had to follow up with him multiple times, and he did not respond right away. There was a mouse in the apartment and despite attempts to catch it, we never could. Bathroom ceiling flooded and vent was still not repaired when I moved out a month later. Did not provide certificate of renter suitability and Partners for Good Housing as required by city of Philadelphia, making rent collection illegal.
Greaselord collects our money and doesn't fix anything when we need it done. repeatedly came in unannounced, bringing guests to tour the house without our permission. broke the lease agreement numerous times. and oh yeah, by the way, the lease was never legal in the first place. our house is hazardous and unsuitable for living. yet somehow we still pay astronomical amounts of money to be here. currently this is the last month of the lease, and he has people working on the house for the next group. where were they 2 years ago? and why are they working on the house making it unlivable and toxic while there are still people here?