Jan 15, 2014
I know this post is long, but its boils down to simply: STAY AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE - DUMP WHERE LANDLORD TRIES TO SCREW YOU AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. After being there for a year and a half, I really don't understand how anyone rates this place more than 1 star. As a lot of the other reviewers have noted, this building is absolutely terrible. First, the units are old and have huge problems. For example, the windows don't probably close and when there is any amount of wind, will rattle incredibly loudly. In addition to being loud, the blinds themselves don't work to actually keep out any light. Second, it seems that there is only one hot water unit in the entire building which means anytime you take a shower, good luck on the temperature. Not only does it take 3+ minutes to warm up, it constantly fluctuates because unsurprisingly, other people are using the water. It can go from scalding hot to lukewarm in less than a second, which is shocking given how long it takes to heat up. Third, there is no ventilation in the bathroom. This means that if you take a shower, not only do you get the joy of setting the smoke alarm if you open the bathroom door within 10 minutes of taking a shower, you also fog your entire room and your windows are just a mess of condensation. Fourth, management is goes out of their way to screw you out of as much money as possible. When I first got there, they allowed a check drop off. Now, in order to provide "extra convenience" for the tenants, they stopped allowing check drop offs in exchange for online payment for a huge extra fee. In addition, they changed laundry to a card that doesn't allow any refunds for unused amounts. Not only do they try to screw you in every fee while living there, they make up bogus charges to bill you when you leave. Fifth, the elevators are absurd. Not only is at least one elevator (out of three) out of service at any given time, but they will also randomly stop at floors or two will open up at once. Sixth, there has been a beeping alarm that goes off 24/7 for at least the last 5 months that I was there on the bottom floor.
A Google User
Oct 04, 2010
I moved in two months ago, and I have to say I find the staff to be friendly and personable. I was concerned when I read all these bad reviews, but when I went to check out the apartments for myself, I was pleasantly surprised at how overblown they are. OT8 is all about community, and I've already made friends. There is a great core group of renters here who have been around for 10 years or more, and we always have a good time hanging out in the leasing office with coffee and cookies. I also appreciate that the gym is open 24 hrs., since I'm a ballet instructor and work late hours so I need to go use the gym late at night. The apartments were built in the 50's and the size reflects that, but my apartment is clean and gets great sunlight.
A Google User
Dec 08, 2011
WHATEVER you do don't rent an apartment from these people. We thought they were nice and had a nice complex at first. We had an apartment for only one year.and paid all of the rent on time. We were actually gone most of the year. We gave them 30-days notice when we were going to move out. The apartment was spotless when we left. When we went down to have them inspect the apartment they refused. They stated that they didn't actually do the inspections themselves, but had a third part inspect and do all of the repairs. In essence they refused to inspect the apartment while we were present. They are now trying to charge us to have the complete apartment repainted, carpet repaired and repairs in kitchen. NO REPAIRS WERE NECESSARY WHEN WE MOVED OUT. They've since submitted their repair bill to collections and now we have to fight it or let them ruin our good credit. It's actually a form of extortion. We either pay their bill or it'll cost us more money to fight it and they'll ruin our credit. They don't have to apparently prove we caused any damages, because they don't bother going after you, they collection agency does their dirty work form them without any proof the bill is legitimate. If you know what's good for your credit, STAY AWAY. and force them to inspect your apartment before you leave.
A Google User
Nov 23, 2010
I have been living here for 2 months and hate it. i love the units themselves, the building, the small but always open gym, and its location, thats it. i have had multiple maintenance issues and complaints that either get oh this isn't serious enough for an emergency(bathroom flooding from leaking pipes in 2 of the units above me) or delayed and inappropriate fixes(same problem as noted above for example). took about a week from the first complaint of water leaking to its cheap spackel and paint over the drywall damage repair. 2 service requests were 'lost' and it took 3 more to get someone to believe us that the water was pouring in from the shower pipes. currently i have a dog barking on one side that doesn't shut up at all for hours and hours. and on the other side i have guys who get wasted and high and have no respect for anyone who sleeps after midnight, the other night my roommate had to ask some other tenants to be respectful who came in the back entrance drunk, and belligerent and full on ran into our door at 1 am scaring the crap out of us. Honestly i wish i was exaggerating. the utilities are shared so no matter what you do, how green friendly you are it doesn't help one sent, and on top of it there are vacant units with the lights on all day long, so guess who gets to pay for that. you do. my roommate and i moved in because as a whole this unit saved us each a couple hundred a month, but now we are looking to move elsewhere on the hill. Also not all units have dishwashers as the website states. we asked where ours was and if one was to be installed and the girls downstairs looked at us like we were crazy. Yes some of the tenants are nice, and there is a sense of community with the events the staff do try to put on, but once you move in if there is a problem there seems little they would like to do about getting it resolved.
A Google User
May 10, 2009
The only thing somewhat decent about this place is its proximity to downtown and Capitol Hill. Every now and then I was woken up by fights in front of Vito's and I guess the rules about noise aren't enforced because some kid below me was always blasting trance music. The worst thing was the management though. They were absolute jerks. Every time I went to the leasing office to talk to one of them, they made it seem like it was really inconvenient for them to help me and I should be grateful that they're giving me the time of day. Part of what sold me on living here was the gym, since everything was new when I moved in. But it really sucks working out in there because people look into the windows that run along the side of it, which gives an uncomfortable fishbowl effect. Worse still was the day a fellow resident and I discovered people SMOKING CRACK in the tanning room inside the gym. He called the management and some security guard (not a cop) kicked them out, but they didn't even get in trouble. When pryed open the door, the rankest smell ever to exist exuded from that room. Good morning, indeed! Lastly (and I could go on much longer), the elevators were frequently out of order, so sometimes we had ONE elevator serving 14 floors with around a dozen units each! It was a total nightmare getting home from work and having to wait 20 minutes in the lobby just to get home. One time NONE of them were working and the guy fixing them told me to take the stairs. Speaking of which, the fire alarm went off at least bi-monthly, so anytime that was happening, you had to take the stairs also. Everyone running this place has their head in the clouds and you'd best live somewhere else.