Resident • 2018 - 2019
Living here was the biggest mistake of my life… DON'T BE LIKE ME Moving in to this place in the winter of 2018 I was plucky and full of hope.The move in process was ridiculously difficult, involved a Federal background check, my family being called, and my boss having to fill out a huge amount of paperwork for me but, the ladies in the office seemed very nice and the apartment was ok so I let it go. This was my first apartment alone, I was so excited and I loved the thought of having my own space, AND it was right next to a park! I still was living in my old place for the first month of my renting period. In that month I had a yearly inspection, which was fine it made sense to check in. So about that time I moved in full time and that is when the truth became clear… this place is as close as you can get to hell on Earth. First, I thought I would check out the cool park. I went for a morning walk. The sun was coming up and it was a beautiful brisk morning. That is when the homeless man that lives under the bridge in the park awoke and screamed and chased me out of the area. This actually happened fairly regularly for about 3 weeks until I was too afraid to travel there alone. So then, I had a guest and I figured the two of us would be fine. Boy was I wrong, Turns out this area also is known for coyote attacks. So if the crazy people in the park don't chase you the, coyotes will, or stalk you until a car scares them off so you can walk home on the main street. At the time this seemed insane, but by the time I moved out, this was actually just a funny joke comparatively. The second thing that happened was my neighbor, Earl. I don't know what his name really was because I did everything in my power to avoid him. Why you ask? Because he seemed to be a meth dealer. People would go in and out of his house all hours of the day for 10 minutes, and his girlfriend was so jacked up she could have been a "meth, only once" poster child. But it wasn't just the drugs. One time he lit his apartment on fire, there was smoke billowing out of their apartment. Earl sat in the front yard with his beer, saying "hmm I guess someone should pry get the kids out". Sadly, Earl also became a funny joke comparatively. This is when the real stuff started to happen. I was out for a walk with a friend and we saw at least 10 cop cars in various parts of the parking lot. The first time it was actually interesting, like Ooooooo what's happening. But after the 14th and 15th bust that happens in your neighborhood, it gets old. Suddenly it became clear why the parking lot and buildings are lit up like a beacon in the night, because given this is small city housing there is as much crime activity in this apartment complex as a 20s film about gangsters. While I was living here I had to call the cops three times, once because I had awoken to a parking lot full of car windows that had been smashed in, and twice because one of my neighbors (not Earl) had a drinking problem and he would get drunk and walk through the parking lot threatening to kill anyone looking at him OR punching his dog repeatedly. He still lives there, because the people that run this complex DO NOT CARE. As long as you are paying rent, they don't care if you are a violent drunk abuser. Sadly I wish I could stop here, but there is so so so much more. As for the maintenance staff and general up keep of the place. Imagine a public toilet in India, and you would still be underestimating the amount of ----. While this apartment complex has a rule against owning more than 3 dogs and against any of them being large breeds, most of my neighbors ignored this rule entirely. If you don't have an affinity for being attacked by leashless dogs that are clearly untrained and raised by aggressive drunks then this is not the complex for you. In addition, because none of these people register their dogs, they don't take responsibility for them. Twice there was dog ---- right in the hallway outside my front door. There was always doggie mines in the grass, but also on any side walk or path. There is not a 3 sq foot area in this complex that doesn't have a ---- on it. So if you like your shoes, you better be careful. It wasn't just dog ---- they ignored either, they also didn't feel like cleaning up trash or waste either. On three occasions we caught our upstairs neighbors hurling their trash bags from their third floor apartment window. They would break and leave trash everywhere, it would stay there for months. One of my neighbors got so intoxicated that they vomited in our stairwell, it was their for three months before the snow finally washed it away. As for the apartments themselves. From the outside they look reasonable, and, if you enjoy the sound of cannons, you may consider living here, as there is ZERO insulation between floors so you can hear every word, footstep and, in my case, screamfest your neighbors may have. You call in, to complain, time and time again, because waking up at 3am to someone throwing a fit to their spouse isn't your idea of pleasurable, but nothing ever changes and you remain forever exhausted. There is also no insulation in the walls, so if it is cold outside your energy bill will literally triple just to keep your one bedroom apartment in the 60s. Also, hopefully you share the same chain smoking tendencies as your unit mates because the air (and ants) easily commute from apartment to apartment so if you are like me and smoke makes you have trouble breathing then you better invest in MANY air filters, because they realllllly like their cigarettes here. However if you like the smell of a dirty bar in the morning then this place will suit you very well. Not lastly, but I have to end somewhere, the place is run in a completely irresponsible fashion. In the 10 months I lived in this apartment I had 7 "yearly inspections" one of which they required me to clean my apartment and move certain furniture (which is entirely illegal). They also often forgot to give notice of these inspections, so you would only get notice 10-12 hours in advance and their number to call to change these times where never picked up. In addition, one at least one occasion they entered my apartment with no warning and while I was not present, they didn't even leave a note, they just move some of my things, left all of the lights on and changed the thermostat by 20 degrees. As for honoring agreements they also are lacking, on multiple occasions they told me one thing and did the exact opposite. For example when they said they would fix things in a timely manner. After a month of living with cold water in the winter I realized that that too was a bold faced lie, and when they finally did manage to come fix it the manager came without warning, complained the ENTIRE time because usually he gets to go home at 4 instead of 5, and spent 2 hours in my kitchen unexpectedly (while I had company) making the same level of noise you would expect from a crashing train. When I moved out of this nightmare, I parted ways and thought it was finally done. Sadly, I was wrong. I turned in my keys and the office said my bill was all payed up and I was at last free. Then a few weeks later an unlabeled envelope was delivered to an incorrect address stating that I owed these people about a grand and if I didn't pay it in 14 days then they would sent it do debt collectors and ruin my credit score. 14 days, at least they gave me a little time right, NOPE they had backdated it so I suddenly had to pay within 4 days with no warning. I called because I was sure this was some kind of horrible mistake. But no, the office staff lied about having said I was all paid, they lied about saying there was a new tenant coming, they lied about what I was liable for. I gave them a month and a half notice (even though 20 days is all the is required) and I was already living in my new apartment paying double rent. I thought 45 days would be enough time for them since most single apartments in Spokane literally have waitlists, and it turns out it WAS long enough. They had people move in, they just made me pay double because they are scam artists that break leases on a regular basis. They also tried to stick me with a cleaning bill for "Nicotine Stains" which was shocking as I have never smoked a day in my life. When I complained about this they explained to me that the apartment was "very damaged" and there was terrible staining clearly visible. I explained that when I moved into the apartment, the walls had a thick layer of orange slime, it was clear they had not cleaned the apartment at all, I did my best to clorox every surface in the apartment when I moved in and didn't think about the repulsive event again. They explained that this cannot have been the case as they ALWAYS paint in between renters. I told them I have photo proof that they are lying as I took photos when I moved in and left and the walls are significantly cleaner when I left. They changed their story after that. So if you do decide to move here, you better record every conversations and have a video camera because they will break into your space and lie about every interaction. In the end they sent a modified bill, again to the wrong address and, I still ended up paying over 400$ just to avoid a lawsuit. There is not one redeeming feature of this place. If I can keep at least a single person from moving here I will know I have done good in this world.