Where to begin with this place. I started renting from Belle Aire Apartments back in 2004. I guess you can say I was a long time resident of there. The buildings are very old (constructed in 1972) they have major issues with pests, water, and electricity. In several units the floors are bowed and warped due to iwater standing under the building. Also mold can be seen in the windows and on the walls in the bathrooms. Not all of the apartments have washer dryer hook-ups and none have garbage disposals. I have had issues with fleas coming through the vents (because of cats living under my apartment) Not having water (because of mains bursting under the building) and spikes in my electrical bills due to breakers malfunctioning (which is also a fire hazard). In the time that I stayed there I lost several computers and small appliances to power surges in the building.When I moved in rent for a 1 bedroom townhouse unit (unfurnished was $450 a month, and water was furnished. I had issues with the property manager's (at the time pat Seldon) daughter and was transfered to a two bedroom unit. After about two months my rent went up to $500. I left for the service in 2008 under good terms with the property management (at the time Headed by a woman named Cheri Friezn) and returned to Belle Aire Apartments in 2010. I was told I was not refunded my deposit because there were some scratches on the apartment floor. When I rented from them again in 2010 the apartment staff was headed by a woman named Junita Keller. There were about 5 maintenance men keeping up the apartments. There number shrank to two in the course of about 3 years. It became common knowledge that tennants were expected to deal with minor maintenance issues themselves. My apartment suffered continuous issues Shortly after I moved in the outlets in the kitchen had to be replaced. Then I had issues with the floor collapsing in the bathroom. There was an issue with standing water under the building and pipes bursting routinely under the building. About January or Febuary of 2014 there was an issue with the plumbing and the city had to come out. Our rent again spiked to about $575. I had an issue in March. The sink in my kitchen had stopped up. I was told after they had to call in a plumber to unstop the sink that I was being billed the plumbing cost and that I was not allowed to have any tools in my apartment??? Also "due to recent events" the rent went up to $650 a month... After numerous attemps to appeal to reason I was served an eviction notice for usage of the apartment. I left Belle Aire apartments under these conditions. Noting that the apartment complex routinely siezes tenant's property and hordes it in a unit (G-1) which is unrentable due to the ceiling collapsing, and that any property left on the peremises would be used to "furnish" apartments I was sure to take all property belonging to me out of the unit, patch and paint any nail holes I had made in the walls, and sweep, vacuum and mop. I was told that I would not be refunded my deposit because I hadn't given them 30 days notice to vacate??? They also attempted to make me pay for damages to the apartment that I had noted on my move in sheet and tried to get them to fix earlier. I later returned to collect some mail that had been delivered to my old address to find from the new tenants that the same 2 bedroom apartment I was staying in was now $850 a month and water was not furnished. Also the deposit is now a non-refundable "cleaning fee." I would strongly advise any potential renters to avoid this trap.
My A/C has been out for 2+ weeks and despite making two emergency maintenance requests, there seems to be no end in sight to the 80+ degree temperatures in my apartment. Another renter told me that they refused to fix the a/c unless it was a medical emergency. When he mentioned his concern about the health of his dog, the manager told him verbatim "dogs don't count as an emergency". In the end, he had to bring his pregnant girlfriend to the office in order to get it fixed in a timely fashion. At least once a month, the trash compactor seems to break down, resulting in a massive pile up of refuse and trash, sometimes large enough to pour out into the main roadway of the complex. This typically results in city codes being notified and sending out EcoLab trucks to inspect the grounds, and finally a quick fix by management to avoid violation fees.