Listen!... run away!... don't be dumb like me and rent here. IT IS BAD!!! REALLY BAD!!!!... seems ok, the pool, the gardens, the so-so poo smell... NOOO!.. IS BAD!!... The walls are paper-thin and loud during the night..... my upstairs residents are east europe prostitutes, I clearly hear everyone of their clients and their excessive sex screaming; the other they share a 1-bedroom between 3-4 noisy people, the other leases to weekend party rentals and my next door are obnoxious screaming always high drug dealers.. the other day someone got shot and killed right down stairs... from the outside looks nice.. inside, a big big big big lie and mess. They have a comprehensive contract to take two months and your deposit to leave and believe me you will want to after a week in this crappy place.... DON'T, for your own sake, DON'T LEASE HERE... the administration dont care except picking your hefty check overpriced for an old old unit. Security is just cosmetic. If you are are not a drug dealer/prostitute/psychopath, please, listen to me, dont rent here. See all the other TRUE reviews in google and yelp and read... their reviews on their site and apartments guide is all fabricated... the reply from them, Bryan, and so on, is just an auto reply, they dont give a cr@p, nor anyone in that office, they keep a guard there for a reason. Their strategy is to lure young people to a so call luxury rental, and they sky rocket the renew rate to either get more money on the new rate or keeping your deposit when you leave, as they will attempt any means to keep it. I can assure you that if they offered a 2-weeks trial period for new residents or a no-penalty contract-cancellation, most people would leave. I know if I could afford it, I would leave immediately. I am counting the days for my contract to be over and leave this hell.
We are a young professional couple that moved in recently at the Flamingo Center Tower. The location of this apartment building is ideally located, near Lincoln Rd, entertainment, shopping, dining options as well as the accessibility to the highways. We love how quiet the center tower is. Our favorite part of the place has to be the price in terms of what you are receiving. Anything else in the neighborhood is old, not clean like the Center tower and prices are not competitive like Flamingo's. We love living here.
I can confirm that the state of this place is just as bad as the other reviews describe. This is not a place for a serious professional adult. If you are in that category, do not move here. You will find nobody worth socializing with in this scumbag infected concrete fortress. Security is non existing, and the type of people that live here is the absolute worst (drug dealers, hustlers, strippers, promoters ...). Yesterday a guy was shot and killed on the 3rd floor sky-walk - not ghetto enough for you? The management is pathetic - absolutely useless and unprofessional. Do not expect them to ever keep a word. There is a big problem here with vacation rentals and people partying 24/7, and acting completely retarded and with no respect as it is not their home. Just the fact that you can rent a room directly on google when searching for the name tells all about this place as subleasing is not allowed. There also seems to be a problem with bugs here, and you shouldn't be surprised to find cockroaches crawling around. They are famous for always increasing the rent by $200 a month for every new contract, and they will keep doing it until you quit and then they will take your deposit. I see there is a guy that keeps replying to make it seem like they are actively trying to improve, but they are not. It is the same problems year after year and it has only been getting worse, hence why you see the same things mentioned time and time again. It is just a cheap attempt of damage control. He usually mentions Bryan their regional manager, which doesn't reply. Do not be deceived by the location and the pools which is the only thing this place has got to offer. Remember you will quickly become used to it and you will find yourself never using it. The only people that move here is people from outside Miami that do not know about the reputation of this place. The few good people that are unfortunate to end up in Flamingo quickly move out again. If you are looking for a new place, look at the neighbor buildings or in Brickell where you will find better and cheaper apartments with normal and sane tenants. Do not get fooled by the fake rating shown on Flamingos own page.
DO NOT BE FOOLED AND MOVE HERE. It is as bad as the reviews reveals. The management is worse than you can imagine. They do not care about customer service and forget about making an agreement with them - even when they sign the agreement - they will not care about keeping it. One friend got a notice 3 days prior to move in, only because he contacted them himself because there was still light in the apartment, that they forgot to tell him that the previous renter didn't move out, so he could not move in - Flamingo denied to take any responsibility. Twice before that they tried to rent him apartments that was under eviction, which means they could not guarantee the agreed move in date and whether it was actually ever going to be available as the current renter could still stay if he paid the rent, which he was first told weeks after he had put in his application. That is the level of incompetence you are dealing with here - be warned. Everybody makes mistakes, but it is how you handle those mistakes that matters and Flamingo do not take their responsibility for any of the mistakes they make. Forget about being a longtime tenant here as they do not want you to stay - that is the truth. The people working in the leasing office get commission when renting out the apartments so do you really think they want you to stay rather than have a fresh supply of apartments they can rent out? They put up the rent by $200 dollars per month for every single contract even though no maintenance or improvement has been done. They will try to fool you and say that it is the market price dictated by the head office while you can go on their website and see the exact same apartment a few floors higher being rented out several hundreds of dollars cheaper. Yes that is right, your renewal price will be higher than the price for the same apartment listed on their website just so they can get you out and take your deposit. Had this happen to everyone I know here including myself. One friend is just about to leave as they once again raised his rent so it is now $400 dollars more than the same apartment many floors higher that is currently listed on their website. They do this to everyone, so do not think there is some special circumstances involved, it is their policy. Elevators often breaks down and take forever to get fixed. People tend to piss in them as well as the dogs, and watch your steps as there is poop everywhere. So if you like a fresh smell of urine in the morning or poop under your feet this place might be for you. There is some serious vacation rental going on in this place and people come and go all the time and do not behave or treat the place as if it was their own home. It is like a big hostel and management completely ignores the problem. I feel a bit sorry for the security guards even though most of them do not do their job, as people tend to be very rude to them when they actually try to do their job, which quickly discourages them. You will meet the worst kind of people here, and you should expect people partying every single night. Forget about having a job - except if you are a promoter or stripper like everyone else. They advertise their expensive apartments in the Center Tower as having wood flooring, which is false advertising as they in fact have cheap synthetic vinyl (plastic) flooring. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), also known as vinyl is a synthetic plastic material and among the most inexpensive type of flooring you can get for a good reason, and obviously has nothing to do with real organic wood. I hope they get hit by a class action law suit because of this deliberate deception. Try to do searches on google combining words like "vinyl, PVC, poison, toxic, dioxin" - and ask your self again whether yo really want to live here? You better pray that a fire never occurs and you don't breath in any fumes - but by looking at some of the residents living here it is easy to imagine. It can seem like a nice place at first glance but hopefully you think twice and listen to some of the reviews.
I have lived in The Flamingo for 6 months now and my experience has been pretty solid. I dont bother anyone and no one bothers me. When I need help, after a few pleases and being generous the people help. A few minor obstacles with security but when I called the property manager Luisa she fixed it for me. As far as hidden fees, I have not experience that at all. I will say this, I think the Flamingo North Tower needs to be cleaned more. I had to call a couple times to report dog feces and trash left in the elevators. I enjoy my apartment and neighbors, I did get a notice for loud music but that now that is not a issue anymore. Overall, I would recommend The Flamingo to everyone. The prices are expensive but if any thing breaks in my apartment I contact Jaime and its fixed within a week so to me its a benefit.