There are a ton of car break ins over the last year. Residents that have lived here for years are being forced out By $80 PLUS rent increases. The old staff left so its different people everyday. I was told this year on my lease that rent would increase from $840 TO $914. I was sent a lease which I signed online. A letter was then put on my door saying that this was wrong and I would pay $1015. When I called the office and told them they agreed to the lower rate. I probably wont be able to afford to lived here next year and I have lived here since 2008. My apartment has not been upgraded in any way. Lets talk about the maintanence for a second. There is water flooding the carpet in the hallway by the back entrance about 30ft from my apartment. It has always done that but a few summers ago construction crews came in and ran jackhammers for several week to fix the leak. It leaks like it always did. Is this where the money from all these rent increases is going? They gave us a new roof last summer. Im not sure if there was something wrong with the old one but I do know my car got hit by one of the many construction vehicles in the parking lot. Recently a city code made them move the electrical boxes in the units. My personal washing machine had the door cracked when someone moved it. I was paid though. Around the new breaker box they painted the wall a dark grey. My apartment is white. It was basically a fuse box with dark grey paint extending out about 6 inches to each side on a white wall. It asked maintanence to fix it and was simply told that since I have lived here so long they didnt have the original color paint. I then called the head office of greystar property management to complain and eventually the whole wall was repainted.......white. Since I have been here there have been annoying problems with maintenance. There is a guy named Reyes who bothers me. He has told me not to use the trashcan out front. This is because it will fill up and he will have to empty it. A few years ago I put in a maintenance request because my fridge stopped working. Reyes came to me and told me that it couldnt be fixed and that they didnt have one that would fit in the kitchen. He then started to leave as if that resolved the problem. I had to stop him from going and demand an answer. He then obtained a fridge a few days later. Last year my car was broken into (many cars have been broken into this year, for about a week they where nightly although they usually only happen a few times a month) Reyes acted like I should clean up the broken glass. When I didnt he cleaned it up. He has also corrected me for walking down the hall with mud on my shoes. Sometimes theres is mud on my shoes. There are no mats by the entrance near my apartment. Maybe there where but they ended up gloating away. Its his job to clean it up. Lets see what else can I complain about? There was a note in the laundry room claiming that there is a panty thief. Also there was a break in over xmas where the tenant says that they had $7000 Dollars worth of stuff stolen. There is an article on KGW you may be able to find if you google something like "kgw park plaza robbery". Did I mention theres a panty thief? There have also been many times when vehicles where parked in my space. There is no agreement with a tow company so the office puts a sticker on them. I pay $125 a month for that space, and guess what, the new lease I signed said parking cost $145. I asked the office and they said that was a mistake. We'll see when I get my bill. I could put up with all of this BS, but the rent increase is what really bothers me. I wasnt happy about the $70 per month increase I signed. But for a letter to on the door saying it was $170 is weird. Im glad I signed my lease as quickly as I did, before I got stuck with the higher increase. So anyway move in. Get all your stuff here. But be prepared for yearly rent increases as high as $170.
Do not move here. They seem nice but they are just out to screw you over. Here are my biggest problems with the place: The heat: no control and boy is it HOT and all year round, I couldn't believe it was still on in the summer! The freeway: it's really loud and the windows suck at keeping it out, not to mention the need for them to be open due to the heat. The utilities: you pay for other people's wastefulness ever month. It's a shared bill that is divided equally between all the tenants. They also take for ever to start billing you which means that upon move out you pay a whooping 2.5 months all at once. Not so great. Deposit: When we moved in and asked them about the deposit and what we could expect in the way of fees and what we would need to do to get it back they said if it's clean and shows only normal signs of wear and tear it's fine, NO. We were charged for touch up painting which sound like minimal painting and just normal upkeep after a tenant moves out. Their response was "why should we pay for the painting when you lived there?" because you make a profit off of people living there and should expect normal maintenance upon someone moving out, NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR can not be charged for by law but they seem to not care about that. I am very grateful to no longer live there and warn you not to even go.
My boyfriend has lived in these apartments for the last year and here is what I have seen. The location is excellent I have to say a PSU student is basically on campus and can walk to classes in minutes. Also the floors are nice, the paint color is nice, and getting into the apartment with the fob seems to keep out people that shouldn't be in the complex; however, there are some major problems. The biggest problem is all of the apartments in Park Plaza that I have seen don't have dishwashers and garbage disposals like they say on the website. Even the pictures of the kitchens on the website don't have dishwashers in them as you can clearly see. Where are the dishwashers and garbage disposals???? The other problem is noise. We can constantly hear people outside the complex laughing, yelling, and fighting. The noisiest is the dogs, we constantly hear barking and scratching from the floor above us. You don't even get free parking. It is $100 a month just to get an outside parking spot, not even a spot in the garage. Also there is street parking that guests can come visit, but it is Portland street parking and costs $8.00 every 5 hours!!! With all this said I think the apartment is nice but way overpriced for not having a dishwasher, garbage disposal, or even parking spots. I think the only way this apartment would be worth it is if you were a PSU student without a car, but even then I think there are cheaper ways to go.