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Old 07-03-2011, 04:49 PM
 
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From reading apartment ratings for places I find available online-
everyone from the most "luxurious" communities still get "screwed out" of their deposits and then get a bill on top of that--- after never getting maintenance.

This is the reward they get for paying rent on time? Some residents even go so far as to file lengthy law cases against these companies and post about them online- against UDR, AIMCO, LB, Irvine Comp, etc..

Is this the rule and not the exception? Is it the apartment managers?

These companies seem to buy out even old 60s/70s apartments up to super fancy looking new ones. The ratings seem to say you get the same service- from a 1200 place to a 2000/month place.

It's true in the San Fernando Valley it seems- Northpoint on Zelzah in Northridge and other LB Properties- you have your car broken into, paper thin walls and nothing works and smoke in your apartment, vomit and lit cigarettes on the carpeted stairs/halls and the fire alarm every other night around 3 AM- to pay 1750+/month (without utilites or private laundry).



Is there anywhere you actually get what you pay for in SoCal? or is it a game of picking one and saying bye to your deposit, health and sanity?

Private owners sound scary too. How do you get a safe place to live?
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:12 PM
 
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Originally Posted by DonCheagle View Post
From reading apartment ratings for places I find available online-
everyone from the most "luxurious" communities still get "screwed out" of their deposits and then get a bill on top of that--- after never getting maintenance.

This is the reward they get for paying rent on time? Some residents even go so far as to file lengthy law cases against these companies and post about them online- against UDR, AIMCO, LB, Irvine Comp, etc..

Is this the rule and not the exception? Is it the apartment managers?

These companies seem to buy out even old 60s/70s apartments up to super fancy looking new ones. The ratings seem to say you get the same service- from a 1200 place to a 2000/month place.

It's true in the San Fernando Valley it seems- Northpoint on Zelzah in Northridge and other LB Properties- you have your car broken into, paper thin walls and nothing works and smoke in your apartment, vomit and lit cigarettes on the carpeted stairs/halls and the fire alarm every other night around 3 AM- to pay 1750+/month (without utilites or private laundry).



Is there anywhere you actually get what you pay for in SoCal? or is it a game of picking one and saying bye to your deposit, health and sanity?

Private owners sound scary too. How do you get a safe place to live?

well obviously times change...when I was single (yeah..last century) I lived in the Valley...moved about 5 times and always got my deposit back..places were kept up...management was responsive..etc..

did learn tho that living on a first floor was a crapshoot noise wise...
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:15 PM
 
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well obviously times change...when I was single (yeah..last century) I lived in the Valley...moved about 5 times and always got my deposit back..places were kept up...management was responsive..etc..

did learn tho that living on a first floor was a crapshoot noise wise...
Its not just SoCal. When I was renting here in the Bay Area, we had the exact same issues you describe.
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Old 07-06-2011, 04:26 PM
 
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When you give your notice to leave, you should also attach a letter citing the California civil codes that apply to deposits and what is considered wear and tear items.
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