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Old 01-26-2011, 11:52 AM
 
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Hi,

I'm moving to D.C. next month and am apartment searching right now. I'm looking at a few places owned by Daro Realty, which I've read some horrible things about in my research. Curious about people's experiences with Daro-owned buildings. Are they really that bad a management company, or is the negative feedback the exception and not the norm? Would love to hear both positive and negative experiences. Thanks!
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:51 AM
 
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I lived in one of their apartments in Columbia Heights about two years ago. It's the only place I've ever lived where I didn't renew my lease. Part of that was the apartment/landlord. Part of it was just the neighborhood that I didn't like.

The unit I had was spacious, and fairly cheap. But it also had *extremely* noisy steam radiators. And paper thin walls; I could hear everything from my neighbors. And not enough hot water. My building did not have management onsite but allegedly there was a maintenance person onsite. Yet maintenance requests took days to respond to, the sidewalks were never shovelled, and the hallways were never cleaned (a neighbor spilled laundry detergent shortly after I moved in. It was still there a year later). My building did not have a designated trash room. We were instructed to just pile our trash at the end of the hallway. Maintenance came by and took it out about once a week. They never exterminated. So it's no surprise that we had roaches!

I guess the bottom line is, you get what you pay for. My apartment was spacious and could easily have gone for hundreds of dollars more if it had been better cared for. I think what I got was fairly in line with the cost of my rent.

Do keep in mind, most of what you read online is the worst of the worst. Few people take the time to write compliments. Most of the apartments I've lived in in my life I've been very happy with. And yet they've all also had terrible online reviews. Also take the time to consider what the complaints are about. Oftentimes people complain about things they should have known about before they rented--like the size of the apartment, or location, etc. In my view, online reviews should be about things a prospective renter can't see for themselves--like roaches or unresponsive management or lack of hot water.
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Old 01-27-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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Great, this helpful, thanks. It does seem as though most of the Daro complaints are aimed at the management company itself, kind of in line with what you experienced. So that's something I'm definitely going to keep in mind.
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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I lived in small building in Cleveland Park managed by Daro. I thought they did a splendid job. The process of getting the place was done very smoothly, the resident Super was a true gentlemen, and on the rare occassion that I needed something done, they moved right on it.

For more space, we moved to the Brandywine on Connecticut Avenue and regretted it although I do not recall who managed it. I then bought a house.

I have to give Daro a thumbs up.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:10 AM
 
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I have only heard negative things about Daro. Look-up your building on Apartment Ratings :: The leading source of apartment reviews by renters for renters. and read the reviews for a general idea on the quality of life you might expect. Daro has some historic, pre-war buildings (many with crown molding, hardwood floors, and interesting architecture), but after reading a preponderance of negative reviews I have decided that moving into one was a bad idea.
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:20 PM
 
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I live at Sedgwick Gardens in Cleveland park. It has been the most horrible living experience I have encountered since moving to D.C in 2009. The following is true and ongoing:
a) the water is shut of twice a week "for repairs."
b) no one salts the sidewalk during winter. I personally know more than one tenant who has slipped and fallen.
c) the trash system is clunky and useless and requires you to take an elevator to the dingy basement if you want to recycle
d) roaches in the hallway to laundry room on friday are still lying around on Monday
e) maintenance enters your apartment without your knowledge or consent.
I could go on and on. Avoid this place at all costs. I cannot wait for my lease to expire.
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:26 PM
 
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Yeah, I was not to thrilled with them. I rented with them once years ago. Things have gone downhill too from my understanding. I am glad I no longer rent at all.
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