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Old 09-22-2013, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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I just googled it....309 is sandwiched between a crack house and a Tim Horton's....
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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Old 12-02-2014, 03:35 PM
 
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Thumbs down 309 Mount Pleasant Rd - BEWARE

Prospective tenants need to beware of this apartment building location (309 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, Ontario). If I had seen anything like this when I searched for reviews before I rented here, I would have saved myself from a terrible situation. This property management company, VPM Group, usually runs their ads in Craigslist.

My apartment had a horrendous noise (think "jet engine") from pipes attached to the outside of the bedroom walls (2 of them), which I wasn't informed of before I moved in. The landlord (manager?) claimed that this noise didn't bother any of the previous tenants (yeah, right). It only came on after it became cold, since it was related to the gas for the heating system. I spent 3 months of the winter sleeping somewhere else, and the remaining months sleeping in my living room.

Also, the tenant above my apartment liked to play loud music and have parties, but the landord did not serve him with any notice, and stopped replying to my complaints about him. I met the neighbour from above his apartment one night when he was being particularly obnoxious, and she was pretty upset about it. So if you have noise problems, be aware that he won't do anything about them. He says he will do something about it when you complain, but he doesn't actually follow through. He pretends to be helpful, which can be quite deceptive at first.

The landlord is very cheap, and this dictates how he makes his decisions. The sidewalks and driveway are not shoveled in the winter time (seriously!) and they are salted once a week (if you're lucky). The parking lot has a steeply sloped driveway and if you have to get up it when there is ice, it won't happen (there's nothing to grab onto to get up the driveway). It is extremely dangerous. Complaints about the lack of salting and the dangerous driveway resulted in a response that if I was unhappy with the place, I should move. He is so cheap, he had people doing very noisy construction work for 4 straight months only on saturdays and statutory holidays (work that should have been completed in less than a week). So if you want to rest on your days off, good luck.

The landlord lies - and I don't mean a tiny lie here and there, he lies to your face about absolutely everything. This is perhaps one of the most troubling things about the situation. He actually said to me in an email that he entered my apartment and determined that there was no noise (from the "jet engine" pipes). He obviously wanted that in writing in case I decided to take him to the Rental Board because he never entered my apartment at all! Ever. That is crazy making stuff. The guy is as slippery as an eel.

AND, as if all that wasn't enough, this place has bugs that eat your clothing. I sent a picture of one of them to "What's that bug" and this was the response: "You've got Silverfish, a common household pest. They are quite resourceful, and they will eat a wide variety of organic materials found in the typical home that are not generally considered food, including the starch in wallpaper glue and book bindings."

I would love to take this slimeball to the Rental Board but this is a battle I don't have the time to fight. He shouldn't get away with this kind of thing. The best I can do is let others know what it's like here.

IF you don't mind loud noise day and night, weekends and statutory holidays, and you don't drive a car, and you have a good sense of balance (or some heavy duty winter boots), and you replace your clothes frequently, you might be OK here. The apartment itself was actually quite nice. The neighbourhood is very nice. Too bad about the landlord.

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Old 12-03-2014, 09:46 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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The problem with older housing stock in midtown Toronto especially is that it is not well maintained. I've learned my lesson... will never live in a rent-controlled older building. The condition of many of them is absolutely shocking. I was in one of these buildings (not this Mt. Pleasant one, but similar) for five years and within two years, we started having problems with the "renovation" and of course, the super, landlord and contractors were either negligent or incompetent. The cheap, below-market rent and location is why I stayed put. My floor had about 20 units and I would estimate that maybe 4-5 units consisted of people who've been there longer than their lease term-- all of them retired or on fixed income.

In most cases, the landlord purchased the property or built it when the land was worth a fraction of what it is now. Landlords would rather the building fall into disrepair and then be condemned than maintain a rent-controlled building on land that's infinitely more valuable. Mt. Pleasant, Broadway, Erskine, Montgomery, Merton... they're all waiting for the redevelopment bucks and you can tell from the filthy walkways, unshoveled driveways, and crumbling brick facades. There is zero pride in ownership and there is a reason younger tenants turn over in these buildings and the older folks stay put-- the young can afford to leave. The condition of the individual units housing tenured, older residents is something out of a horror movie. It's really grim, talking to residents of some of these buildings... they're dying to get out, but can't.

RUN don't walk away from a midtown Toronto older, rent-controlled building with below-market rents. Nothing-- nothing-- will improve from the moment you sign the lease.

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Old 11-05-2020, 07:35 AM
 
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We recently moved out of this building because we could not tolerate the filthy common areas and it was becoming increasingly unhygienic and malodorous. It turns out they do not do basic cleaning of the common areas as often as other buildings, and when they do clean which is about once every one to two months, they are not thorough and only spot clean the floors and do not use professional detergent, scrubbing or waxing machines. The doors, walls, stairs and stair rails are terribly sticky with layers of dirt and stains. We had the loud jet engine noise in our apartment whenever the tenant above switched on their water, and noise echoes throughout the building. In addition to silverfish we sometimes had huge centipedes race across our floors. The building is very old and quite damp that we needed to run a dehumidifier most of the time as well as a portable heater during the colder months because they do not turn on the building heating on the date designated by the city, and when they finally do the temperature is set rather low.

Even though our apartment is nicely painted, with the poorly maintained common areas I do not consider this a well-maintained building and communication with management is difficult. I was surprised to encounter such a building in this mid-scale neighborhood, and frankly, it was not worth our time moving in here.
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Old 11-05-2020, 10:47 AM
 
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Also big black flies and moths in the building is a problem when maintenance or people prop open exterior doors or leave their balcony doors wide open in the summer. We had to switch off our lights when it is dark outside so as not to attract flies indoors, and tons of fruit flies constantly came in through the window screens that we always had fly strips up. It was an absolute nuisance.
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Old 11-05-2020, 07:59 PM
 
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The landlord lies - and I don't mean a tiny lie here and there, he lies to your face about absolutely everything. This is perhaps one of the most troubling things about the situation. He actually said to me in an email that he entered my apartment and determined that there was no noise (from the "jet engine" pipes). He obviously wanted that in writing in case I decided to take him to the Rental Board because he never entered my apartment at all! Ever. That is crazy making stuff. The guy is as slippery as an eel.
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We are not certain who the building owner is because our rent is made payable to the building address as its name, but the property manager/landlord tended to give us the runaround regarding various repairs. For example, he would tell us he was sending a tradesperson to do a repair but instead sent a maintenance person who had no training and did a lousy job, or he would delay getting our front entrance buzzer set up. What is most disgusting is that he does not seem to care whether the building is kept adequately clean and disinfected.

It has been extremely frustrating and time-consuming having to play a cat and mouse game with an unscrupulous property manager regarding very simple matters that most other buildings have no issues accomplishing, that it is truly not worth the rent amount for which he is charging. I wholeheartedly do NOT recommend this building.
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Old 11-08-2020, 07:40 AM
 
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We also chose to move because some of their maintenance people would frequently stare or ogle us making us very uncomfortable. We researched which other buildings this group manages, which includes 836 Roselawn, and elected to steer clear of that place too. I sure hope this is of help to others.
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Old Today, 03:32 PM
 
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I'm living at 309 Mount Pleasant for the last 12 years and I'm very happy tenant. I like the size of my apartment and the location of the building. It is a small building with walking distance to the Subway and Sobeys. I have no problems with the new management, they fixed all my maintenance requests in time comparable to the previous owners.

I like the building and my apartment.
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