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The Empire

1041 E. Knapp Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
% Recommended
City Average

The property manager is great but Katz Properties is a terrible rental company. I have several complaints- 1- Rent goes up every year by $25 and they are trying to raise it by even more this year. At the same time,… Full Review ▶


I've lived here since June and I have no complaints. The only thing that bugs me about the building is that the lobby is ugly and needs a new paint job. I've never been woken up by my neighbors. I'm almost… Full Review ▶

Prospective Resident

Havent moved in yet. This is the first time Ive actually looked for an apartment and was not cautious of waring signs especially starting with reviews. When I looked at the studio apartment I was instantly in love with it and… Full Review ▶


I have only lived in these apartments for 5 months and I have hated every minute of it for the past 4 1/2 months. I was promised a parking spot in the back lot which I have not actually been given.… Full Review ▶


Only move here if you sleep between 2 am and 8 am. Any other time it will be almost impossible. Every footstep every cough every flush of the toilet can be heard apartments away. The toilets are industrial super flow the… Full Review ▶


I moved in here about 7 years ago. I had to park on the street for about four years after being assured that a surface spot was included. After I got on the waiting list for a spot, things were better,… Full Review ▶


I read the bad reviews before hand but didn't believe them. First off, was promised a garage spot, but when signing the lease they said only surface spots were available... not a big deal as this agreement was just over the… Full Review ▶


First of all, Gus is neither a drunk, nor a sex offender... He has been the best landlord I have ever had! He is really nice and is always working on the apartments. Katz prop. won't hire extra help, so he… Full Review ▶


I lived here for a year, from May 2011-May 2012, while finishing my last year in graduate school. The studio apartments are tiny, but have HUGE closets (yes, closets in the plural. There were 4 closets in my studio apartment, one… Full Review ▶


Amenities: Despite what some of their advertising says, my apartment is closer to 485 square feet (including interior walls) than 600 (largest may be that big, not sure). There are more than 100 units and only one on-site manager, so gettin… Full Review ▶


Yes it's close to downtown, but that's where the perks end. The date I was supposed to move in, ----- (management) said it wasn't ready. How nice for me. I asked what the problem was and she showed me the apartment.… Full Review ▶


The building is unkept, unsecure, old and falling apart. The manager, Gus, is a drunk that starts fist fights with male tenants and is a sexual predator that grabs female tenants! Previous manager was a nice lady that would help you… Full Review ▶


I have been living in this building for about half a year now. I am waiting for my lease to end so I can move. It is an old building, but not with much charm. Who lives here? There are students… Full Review ▶


Living here wasn't bad at all. Off street parking was available, building maintained decently. There is nothing about the building or experience of living there that is notably great, but nothing notably bad either. The neighborhood is fantastic. You can walk… Full Review ▶

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BedsBathsEstimated Rent
Studio1 $ 700
11 $ 699


  • Cats Allowed

  • Laundry On-Site

  • Laundry Connections in Unit

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