Well, time has come to give a review on our living situation. Let's start off with move in. What we weren't told was that the place was condemned the previous year and we were unaware of the fact until we actually stepped foot into the house. We were told we would have our house "professionally cleaned" upon move in. Expecting a clean house seemed reasonable especially with the emphasis on "professional." Little did we know we'd be vacuuming, scrubbing the floors, showers, bathrooms, etc. When we walked into the basement, there was still trash everywhere from the previous owners which led me to believe there wasn't any cleaning at all. Garbage filled the basement to a disgusting extent. I wish I clocked in ahead of time to get my hourly pay for the job we did.
From a utilities issue, we had a TON of run ins. Starting off at the smaller issues, our windows would not work. By "not work" I mean we would need to hoist most of our windows with something that way they'd stay open. The two front windows were double windows which meant we would get sneak attacks from cold air every morning in the middle of the winter because they wouldn't stay shut when raised up. Next up we have the dishwasher. We paid almost $700 a month per person (7 people) for our dishwasher to never work. We had maintenance come over multiple times to "fix" it, but wound up being told each time "just run it once and you'll be good." Needless to say, we experienced many times a flooded floor and flooded basement due to the dishwasher only to be needed to run once. Next on the list: heating and air conditioning. We had to buy our own heaters for the family room and for some bedrooms because the heating wouldn't work. Same thing with the A/C, always was off/on working. Would have it fixed one day just to have it stop working the next. Replacing items was always a pain as well. When it came to this, it always took multiple weeks for us to replace items.
Another complaint is when I had a brick replacement outside of my window. A brick seemed to be falling out of place, so they crew came to fix it. When they were finished, the whole "leave the place how you found it" did not apply. Brick pieces and dirt were scattered all over my carpet by the window. Disappointed on that one.
Ah the smelly little rodents are next. Mice roamed the house like they paid rent too. It's Philly, expect to see mice or rats on the streets, maybe even once in a while in the house. But we saw them every single day of our previous winter. We had maintenance come out multiple times until the spring rolled around and the mice finally moved back outside. Maintenance essentially did nothing but tell us it was just it is what it is and put down a couple dollar store mouse traps with dried up peanut butter on it. Also had cockroaches.
One of the funnier parts about the crew that worked on our house was when we needed a whole shower replacement. Forgot to mention that if you shower for more than 10 minutes, chances are that your roommate below you has their bathroom flooded. Anyways, a shower needed to be replaced and they demo'd the wrong bathroom. My roommate currently doesn't have a bathroom yet still has to pay rent. I feel bad for that guy. Not to mention one new shower that was put it is significantly smaller than the already tight-squeeze shower.
Although I may seem extremely negative towards this group, there are a few positives. We were allowed to own a pet, the crew was made up of very nice people, and we had no issues regarding any noise complaints or trash fines. We also did not have to pay for any replacement items which of course is a huge plus considering how much needed to be fixed.