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Woodland Creek

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anonymous

Resident 2018

10/18/2018

I lived at Woodland Creek Apartments for one year. When my lease was up I left immediately. A dump. I got most of my deposit back but even the small amount they kept was for some stupid reason. (Read below to hear what happened to three of my friends who moved out after me.) Worse than that is the property management - Umbrella Properties. Read on... I moved out years ago, but three friends of mine who each had their own units there moved out recently. Why? In 2016 suddenly raised the rent there on everyone $110! All but a handful of the hundreds of tenants were forced to move out. One of those friends had lived there for 15 years. He was a very neat and clean tenant, as I used to visit him there and would see it. They kept his entire deposit and did not return any of it after he moved out in 2017 ( He moved out due to them raising the rent on everyone exorbitantly high, but was an easygoing fella who was willing to put up with living in a DUMP). They made the dumbest excuses for raising the rent - having been told by Umbrella what to say. They said their prices are the going rate and that is ENTIRELY untrue. A thousand per month for a DUMP? Read the ads for other places to see if they are correct! Umbrella in late 2016 and in 2017 saw the vast majority of their Woodland tenants move out. Who took their place? Desperate Californians mainly - who are used to paying high rents and trying to escape California. Why would anyone pay a thousand a month for a total DUMP when even right across the street just off Bailey Hill Road there is a place with jacuzzis and "in-apartment washer and dryers and garbage disposals in the sinks" that costs less to rent!? These Californians must have certainly been desperate. I can understand them wanting to leave California - but they cause rents and housing prices to rise here. That is not their fault, but they will reap what they sow when rentals here increase even more, and much more at Woodland I have no personal reason to leave this message other than seeing what my friends have gone through - three of them - who each had units at Woodland. I had moved out four years ago because the place is a dump. Poorly maintained property - maintenance gets by doing very little and making excuses. Parking lot fills up with trash. Old buildings - cracks, cheap carpet. Mold. Windows are not double paned like the many other nicer places in Eugene. Each window is simply two window panes in two joined very old window frames - often having mold in the middle. Unit heaters are old and costly because they are not energy efficient. Woodland Creek, in 2015, painted each building in two tone - to cover the dilapidated sidings - it will peal and crack off by 2020 because of poor priming. They wanted to cover the fact that the buildings are old, foundations in question too. Need more? They raised the rent every year I was there, and then later raised it $110 a month in 2016, with sixty days notice, in a letter to each tenant. They are now more costly than the upscale units that are across the street (off Bailey Hill Road one block north - and those units have washer dryers in each unit, and upscale jacuzzis and pools in center courtyards. The complex was built less than two years ago and is less per month that Woodland.) Don't rent ANY unit managed by Umbrella Properties, and don't let the "friendly smiles" of the front desk staff deceive you. They live there, some of them, and want to keep their jobs and home so they say what they are told to say by Umbrella. Finally, you might ask yourself, what is this reviewers motivation? They actually - way back before they saw dollar signs when I moved out four years ago - gave me a good word to my new landlord (a landlord who is GREAT by the way) and Umbrella even gave me back almost ALL my deposit. So, you ask, what is my motivation for writing this? It is seeing three of my friends - who each had their own units at Woodland Creek - almost land up on the streets because the rent was suddenly raised $110 (waaay above market value) - and they did not get their deposits back when they left as a result. Renter beware. Note: Umbrella Properties is run by very rich people and they can easily pay someone to place reviews on Yelp and Google, so you may see false positive reviews in the future.

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