Good: Right on the water. Large apartments. Great maintenance staff. Good neighbors. Bad: Very old appliances. EXTREME construction noise. 24 hour skyscraper construction permit across the street, and concrete breaking going on for 9-10 hours a day next door. Rent rising by about $180 each year. Charge you about $65 a month on top of quoted rent for building electricity, sewer, trash, and a billing fee. Charge you $10 tax for the $125 second parking spot. The service door to the garage lets people squeeze by when locked. Move out: They charge you $140-$200 to repaint no matter what. Which is strange because it doesn't look like the place was painted when I moved in. They charge you to replace old, cracked appliances that work perfectly well. Too bad we missed the minuscule crack upon move-in. (Apparently all the older microwaves had the same tiny stress related crack on the door which did not affect functioning. Since the model was so old that parts were no longer sold, they decided that a completely new microwave would have to be bought. And upon move-out charged us $279 to upgrade their old microwave.) Charged us to clean the apartment after we spent 5 hours cleaning. You will lose most of your $1000 security deposit. Summary: Could be a nice building since it is on the water and the people living there are nice. However, the current construction noise makes it unbearable to live there. Plan on paying for a professional deep clean and repaint upon move out. Go over everything with a fine-tooth comb when you move in and document with pictures. Edit: removed the microwave charge and reduced the painting charge after a complaint. Apparently you need a professional deep-clean upon move out, although no one told us that. (Maybe it was in the huge move-out packet? I didn't see it there.)
I rarely post reviews but have no choice but to do so now considering the circumstances. Taking away all the emotion out of it, here is my take on The Yacht Club at Brickell Apartmenets after having lived here 6 years. Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly with this AIMCO property: THE GOOD - The property is managed quite well - The staff is friendly, for the most part - Maintenance is timely - Great location - Uninhibited bay views THE BAD - The units are older for Brickell standards. Moldy tiled bathrooms and bathroom door frames. Even though I have lived here for 6 years, they still want to charge me to replace the moldy and crusty door. - Across the street, the tallest skyscraper in Miami is currently being built. They have a 24-hour construction permit! Luckily, they don’t go 24 hours but they do pretty much work from 6am – 9pm. Very loud and the traffic can be a mess since it narrows down to one lane. - Employee turnover in the common areas is high. Always seems to be someone new at the front desk. - Air conditioning in the building seems to break down monthly. They are always doing repairs to the cooling tower. Not fun during the summer! THE UGLY - My rent has been increased by 40% over the past 5 years! INCREDIBLE!!!!!! In particular, over the past 3 years, they tried to increase my rent hundreds of dollars. They’ve met in the middle the past few years but this year, they were pretty much firm. How is one supposed to budget for such an increase? Even worse, the response was so slow over the 2 month period that I only had less than 2 weeks to scramble to make moving arrangements. In other words, I felt I was pushed in the corner to renew my lease since I simply don’t have time to coordinate a move right now with my busy schedule. - They charge for any apartment upgrades…such as laminate wood flooring, or upgraded kitchen countertops. - They started charging for the 1st parking spot, which used to be a part of the rent. They charge even more for the 2nd parking spot. - They now make all residents split the utility costs in the common areas! Think of it as a homeowners association fee…even though you own nothing and are just renting. - And did I mention my rent increasing 40%??? They try to say that they are just keeping up with the market. However, given the aforementioned, rental increases of that amount YOY are definitely not warranted. There's no considerations for loyalty and a tenant that always pays on time. They will look at you as dispensable come renewal time...their famous line is "If you don't renew, we'll easily find someone else that will take your apartment and pay a lot more".
This place is awful!!! The view is nice and they accept dogs for additional rent/fees BUT it's overpriced for what you can get in the same area. I just moved out and I can attest that there is a construction issue with noise/traffic and the building they are building is slow moving and approved for work at all hours. Also elevators are constantly breaking the ac unit stopped working all the time just non stop building service issues! Most neighbors I've talked to can't wait to move out. However, when you go to move out they will basically try and steal your whole deposit. Myself and 2 neighbors that I know of were all charged insane fees for absurd reasons or for things that were the buildings fault. All 3 of us were charged $195 to resurface the tub that I complained about not being done properly since I moved in. I was also charged $250 for bath wall re-grout which could not be my fault and I have pics to prove. Oh also I was charged $200 for paint and the list goes on... DO NOT GET FOOLED this place is horrible, and I promise you can get much better in the Brickell area for less. If you move here I promise you will regret it!!!
most of my time was fine here. I did have a package lost by the front office, and security officers who misplaced my UPS packages. But nothing earthshattering. Their main problem is their leasing office and coroporate management. They require specific documentation for intent to vacate, yet do not provide you with it. They send you in circles and do not return messages. It's a nice location, but it is insufferable to have the kind of leasing office they have. My advice, like that of many other reviewers of Aimco properties, is to stay far away
I liked living here my first year. Thought the view was nice and the rent wasn't too bad. However, in the last year, things have started to change a lot. There is high employee turnover. The lease staff never seem to know what is going on. When I went to sign my lease renewal, I was quoted one price and promised a continued discount, but after I had already signed the lease, that discount was taken away. When I tried to complain, management told me to call their corporate office. Two weeks, 5 phone calls, and two voice mails later I still have not received a phone call in return. Clearly they do not care about their customers! DO NOT LIVE HERE!