I have lived in Breckenridge for 3 months. The experience has been reasonably nice. I live on the top floor in one of the upgraded apartments and have mostly quiet neighbors. When I have maintenance issues, they are addressed quickly. Yes, I did have mold in the showers and behind the toilet. It was addressed quickly, but it was not a good thing to move into. The convenience into downtown Portland and other areas is good. The convenience to public transportation is good. The staff is nice. 6 mo later...Not so good when they give you a wholloping huge price increase the next year though!!! ($164 and then dropped it to $144 when I complained-still way too much) They price themselves as pricy as MUCH newer and nicer apartments in the neighborhood. Breckenridge was built in 1984 and it doesn't compare at all to the newer and nicer apartments. I feel totally gouged.
I lived in A100 in Breckenridge for a year and a half. I first found mold in my unit in 02/13. This was the resolution according to the Maintence Manager: From: Ben Hawkins bhawkins@hollandresident… Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:18 PM Subject: Re: spot on ceiling Elizabeth, I inspected your apartment and found no other spots on the walls other than the one above the kitchen cabinet. We tested the area with a moisture meter and found no moisture witch is a very good thing. There are no pipes located above that area, and no signs of a roof leak. We cleaned the area on the ceiling above the cabinet. Unfortunately, I trusted that this issue was resolved and so I went ahead and signed another 1 year lease. On a side note, be prepared for them to raise your rent by an arm and a leg when your lease is up. They wanted to raise my rent nearly $100 but I was able to negotiate them down to $75 which still wasn't financially feasible for me. I had mold on my ceiling throughout the entire unit. I also had mold in my carpet as well. This transferred to my furniture, as well as other personal belongings and destroyed my property. They require you to have renters insurance, which is a joke. The renters insurance would not cover the mold because it was formed in my unit and not from a broken pipe. During this hellish ordeal, I spoke to 4 of my neighbors to see if they were also experiencing similar issues, and all reported having issues with mold as well. If you research Breckenridge apartments online, you will find other previous tenants who experiences issues with mold too. Additionally, I started experiencing health issues which I never had issues with previously. So, on top of everything else, I was having upper respiratory and other medical issues so I had to pour money into medical costs too. Even though I requested to get out of my lease, they did not take me seriously until I got a lawyer. Thank God, after I got a lawyer, they let me out of my lease. Nonetheless, my $200+ leather loveseat had to be thrown away in the garbage; I had other property damage, add in the lawyer's fees, my medical bills, having to move unexpectedly and much, much more. I felt like I was living in hell on earth. When I moved out, and my family/church members pulled out my $1,000 headboard, it was literally stuck to the carpet with mold. I had black mold under my bed. So, I was sleeping with mold under my bed for God only knows how long. Since it was stuck to the carpet with mold, it took out chunks of the carpet on the way out. Then they scammed me out of a portion of my deposit. I went and did the final walk through with the Maintence Manager. We walked around the apartment and examined the carpet with a black light. He made NO mention of pet urine (and we would have seen with the black light!) Then mysteriously, they charged me $114 for pet urine on the carpet!?! On Feb 13, 2014, at 4:00 PM, Matthew Spriggs mspriggs@hollandpartnerg… wrote: Hello Elizabeth, We replaced the carpet in A100 because of pet urine stains in the carpet. We did not charge anything for the carpet replacement but did charge for the pet urine treatment. We had our carpet cleaning vendor come in and access the carpet but they said they recommended a replacement due to pet stains. Thanks, Matthew So, basically, what he's saying is that if there wasn't pet urine (which there wasn't to the best of my knowledge and none according to the black light walk through), they would have just moved someone new in with MOLDY CARPET!
These apartments are old, crappy, loud, and very overpriced. The staff is horrible. They are rude and neglectful. I didn't have a good feeling about this place when I signed to lease but I was moving to Portland from across the country and needed to find something affordable quickly. I am moving out as soon at my 10 month lease is up. I can't wait !
What a disaster. My wife and I have lived here for three years, and just gave our notice. The place was nice once. We enjoyed it immensely. But there has been a definite shift in the last year or so. I think there was a corporate change up top at Holland Residential. The staff, both in the office and with facilities, is incredibly friendly. Friendly, but not helpful – I think they would be, save for the fact that at every turn they tell us “corporate policy is to do this thing you don’t want us to do.” Lighting is a problem. The buildings are no longer kept as clean; cobwebs and leaves are everywhere. The water goes out about once every three months, and takes weeks to get rid of that cloudy problem. There are ants _all the time_, and when you try to ask for an exterminator, you’re told the “apartment building is just built in a valley full of ants.” The gym has become a decrepit disaster. In the office, they nickel and dime you for everything. Their corporate policy is to not give you a rental reference until you’ve given notice. What. Rent has skyrocketed, despite nearby facilities rising more slowly. This place has become a complete disaster. The sign out front says “Voted Best Apartment Community in Portland.” It’s a bald-faced lie: Breckenridge isn’t even the best apartment community adjacent to the Nursery.
TOWED MY CAR EVEN WITH PERMIT. Yes, parked with the permit in the window and it still got towed. Bees in the dryer line is somewhat excusable - towing isn't. Sending an EVICTION notice when the STAFF accidentally credited to the wrong apartment - NOT excusable. The only regret I have is not moving away sooner.