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08/13/2013
By: mattybaby23
Gravois Point Apartments
lived there for 4 months and had to leave. there were very few "shady" looking tenants. most we got along with and made friends. very low crime. quiet place to live. however after 4 months, none of the issues had been taken care of, and everyone in the office that we had made a complaint to had either quit or been fired. they also took the keys to our apartment because "they couldnt find their copy" and then never returned us ours. the cameras located at the top of the office building and in the laundry room are fake. fake enough that another tenant proved it to us by taking it off the wall to show nothing was there. the tenants above us made so much noise that our ceiling fans couldnt be turned on high anymore because they would shake so bad the lights would unscrew from the fixtures. our apartment was a brand new remodel when we got it. we were told everything was new. our air conditioner didnt work when we got there. then when they fixed it it started leaking in our hallway so bad that our drop tiles broke in the ceiling and water steadily dripped on the floor. then they came out and fixed the a/c except now instead of leaking down onto the floor it leaks down our kitchen wall.. our kitchen wall is now bubbling, peeling off in spots, has visible water damage that has just been painted over, we have mold growing down and across our walls, our ceiling in our kitchen is coming down from water damage coming from upstairs. we have 2 buckets to catch all the water from upstairs. our walls in other rooms are cracking and splitting, we have mold growth in our hallway closet, our entire apartment smells of mildew.. we have left. we ended our lease, we were on a month to month thank god however they still took our deposit and the property manager (debbie) told me over the phone when i tried to discuss these issues with her " you young kids always want to try to use this as a way not to pay your bills" ... i can assure you that we are not children, this is not the first time renting, nor will it be the last, and i guess she never looked to see how old us "young kids" actually were. just because we are not in our 60's doesnt mean we just turned 18. she also assumed we had too much credit card debt and said thats why we were leaving. well my credit score is fine and i dont need a reference from this place. we have invited any tenant we could find to come in and look and our apartment so that they know what to look for. we have also invited the manager to come and look for herself but she has declined until the inspection. the property owner is a foreign man and he is VERY NICE. he was trying to get us to stay, and work with us, however this has made us sick to the point we had to see a doctor, who advised us to leave. the property manager is who we had a problem with. not the office employees or maintenance. it was just the manager who turned this whole situation into a big ordeal. i have documented pictures and videos of everything that has happened in this apartment ever since the property manager made the "you young kids" statement. which im pretty sure is illegal. i have spoken with the office employees to see if i need to bring my lawyer into this but they have borderline begged me not to. like i said the owner of this property is a very nice man who seems to have good intentions and wanted to fix our issues with us however they couldnt be completed within a timely manner so we left. it was when we wanted to move from our month to month lease that this all became an issue because all they could do is take our deposit, not get back rent since we werent on a lease.
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