Ashley on 01/28/2013
After reading all these, I am staying away, I was Interested In renting but will now avoid It, I will spread the word!
pissedoffrenter. on 01/23/2013
First of all, I'd just like to say: If you're considering renting from 1971 St. Laurent Boulevard, run far away. If you already live there... run far away as well. But not before you get all of your belongings fumigated.
My boyfriend and i moved into the Union District Realty Bug Nests in the fall. We had less than 3 weeks to find a place in Ottawa as my boyfriend was being transferred for work, and so we took the lease-takeover from hell. In retrospect, we would have been better off living on
the street. It's less than a classy place; the term "Luxury Apartment" doesn't mean what the charming rental company thinks it means. I've been in the elevator with more than one tenant who seemed to forget how to work a bar of soap or a shower dial... The other thing I immediately noticed was the weekly discarding of mattresses. Every week, the curb never failed to have a mattress or two ready for garbage day. I know its a large building, but really? That many? The other thing I noticed was whenever i mentioned my address to new coworkers, friends from ottawa, or in one case a taxi driver, the immediate reaction was one of "..really?..I know that building.." combined a facial expression like they just swallowed a lemon. Assuming they were as fond of B.O. as I am, i never questioned the lemon face.
And then one day, 4 months after moving in, I stayed home sick in bed. Thankfully to keep me company, I had about 50 bedbugs. I had never just sat in bed in the daytime before, and so I didn't know that between my mattress and boxspring, under the seam of the boxspring, under the bedskirt, was the actual thing that nightmares are made of. But when one bug crept onto my pillow, died by kleenex..and the ANOTHER ONE replaced him...I can't put in to words how I lost my mind. After standing the boxspring up on end, and tearing off the bottom, I got out the bleach, sent rivers of it under the baseboards, coated the mattress, everything.
The next day, I took a bug in a container down to the office, and it went as everyone previously described. There was no shock, no apology, just "standard procedure". If any building just has a standard procedure for this pure evil, something is seriously wrong. She was very polite, and I'm grateful for her help, but I just need to clear some things up. The previous post by Property Management, is a load of crap. Bedbug crap. They DO NOT treat the surrounding block of apartments along with yours, and when i brought up the possibility of the bugs re-entering through the walls, the best thing they could do was set up some traps near the walls, and see if one bug just happened to be dumb and disoriented enough to step in a square inch of glue so we would know that my apartment is once again infested. After the first spraying, the bugs conveniently relocated to by brand new $600 couch. Less than a month old, now garbage. The second spraying is yet to come.
In conclusion, I'm now paying $1000 a month to rent an apartment in the seventh circle of hell, to share that apartment with bugs that bite me, with a rental company who must think it's funny to rent to people and just not mention the infestation due to lack of having a conscience, and with a $400 laundry bill on my credit card from just 2 weeks alone. Was I offered a break on my rent for their carelessness? No, I was not. Union District Realty, next Christmas, maybe pipe the f--- down with the lights and the decorations and the ugly travel mugs, and make your building less uninhabitable. 'PPRECIATE IT.
The plumber on 01/04/2013
I am a mechanical contractor and have worked at both 1971 and 1975 st laurent many times over the last ten years. I would always inspect a unit before I would work,many times I would have managment spray for bugs before I could work as there were lots of bugs.The bug problems have always been there and with a very transient tenant base it will probably always be there, as much as management tries they will never get it under control as there are lots of tenants coming and going bringing in new
bugs. these apts are being advertised as luxury apts, beware, this is far from the case,these building were built in the year of there address the first in 1971 the second in 75, they have not been maintained very well and the bugs are bad, more so in 1971 but they are also in 1975.
Property Management on 09/21/2012
Immediately after a complaint or concern is brought to the attention of the superintendent or property manager, action is taken to contact and book the appropriate professionals. Extreme measures are taken when dealing with pest control. Following a complaint, third party industry professionals are booked immediately. The contractor will hand out an information and preparation sheet to the affected room as well as a block of rooms surrounding the affected area. The superintendent will work with
the tenants to ensure proper preparation is followed. The block of rooms are treated, as an extra precaution the block of rooms are followed up 10-14 days later with a secondary treatment. Lastly, the third party professionals are called in to certify the room as pest free. Pest control is not taken lightly and industry professional procedures can ensure elimination of this problem.
Anonymous on 08/24/2012
This post is for 1971 St. Laurent Blvd. The Address does not show in the system so I'll place it under this one (same as everyone else).
I recently moved to Ottawa and unfortunately I picked 1971 St. Laurent Blvd to be my first apartment in 2012. I was so thrilled to be off on my own and experience the big city. At first sight, I thought this apartment had an excellent deal considering everything was included for such a great price. When I went to check out the apartment, they showed me the
demo room which was all nicely decorated and the floors, walls and kitchen seemed to be in great condition. I asked if I could see an available room similar to the demo and they advised me that they were currently redoing the floors and painting the walls. Since I was in a rush to get a place, I accepted the terms and conditions and signed the lease. I moved in during the winter season, and everything seemed to be going smoothly. However, once the summer season hit, I began getting these odd bug bites on me. They would show up on my legs, my feet, my arms, my neck and my stomach. At first I thought it was from a mosquito that got into my apartment through the window or door. The bites were in a pattern. They were either biting me in twos or threes. At this point I knew something was wrong and I was beginning to get really paranoid and freaked out. I heard a couple ladies in the lobby talk about how this building was infested with bed bugs and it made me realize… could I seriously have bed bugs? I started googling and youtubing facts on bed bugs and how they could be found. Then, one night I was laying in my bed and I saw this small bug crawling away from me. I immediately grabbed my computer and went back on youtube and searched "how to find bed bugs". I then proceeded with the instructions on how to find them and what do you know... I found bedbugs all under my mattress and box spring!!! I literally freaked out!!! I have never experienced a bug problem in my life and it was absolutely disgusting. That night, I left the apartment right away.
The next day, I went to the office and complained to them and they did not seem surprised about the situation. I advised them I was leaving this building immediately and I began the process of packing and cleaning. Trust me, this isn’t like a normal move where you can just throw everything in a box and be set. I had to put every piece of clothing and fabric through the dryer. I had to throw out my mattress, box spring, rugs and sofa. I was not risking anything!! I had to spray EVERYTHING with 99% rubbing alcohol.
Later on, I found out… that when I first was viewing the apartment and asked to see a room similar to the demo. They claimed that I couldn’t because they were redoing the floors and walls. That was a lie. The floors were not new; what they were actually doing was spraying the apartment because this issue had been present before. They lied.
1971 St. Laurent Blvd was the worst experience I have ever been through. I truly advise anyone who is thinking about moving into that building to reconsider. It was a LIVING NIGHTMARE!!!!
DISAPPOINTED on 01/26/2012
I was considering moving here...as you DID NOT have ANY warning about this "1971 and 1975 St. Laurent Blvd."...and yet there are various ones to be found on google searches and it leads back to you,but the posting is under a DIF. Address...
"HOW" is this site suppose to actually help us...as it is suppose to...and probably utilizes Tax Dollars somehow...
...WHY isn`t there a COMPETATIVE ALTERNATIVE given the same access to these inquiries so as to make it more important to you
.to actually maintain your site and EARN the position you proffess to be in...
"TO >INFORM< THE VULNERABLE PUBLIC"...
if your information is neither accurate nor updated nor monitored as it appears to be...?
Steve on 05/29/2009
Same here. I lived at 1975 St. Laurent Blvd for one year, last year. I do not have much experience with insects but I must say, that place was full of them. After a few days of getting bit, (even some on my face!), I decided to deal with them myself. I found a couple dozen and killed them on site. When I went down to report it, they had a list of several others that my name was added too. I did what they said and washed/bagged my clothes, took apart all my furniture, and left the place for 5 day
s while they were spraying. When I got back, I reassembled everything and unpacked my clothes just to find out the next day that they did not actually spray. Anyways, for the next few days I was absolutely traumatized, waking up at 3am to turn on all the lights and check, dressing in 3 layers of clothes, tucking in my socks and shirts, and wrapping my entire mattress in painters plastic taping it all around. The worst for me was the lack of company; no one wanted to visit because they were afraid of bringing them back with them (mainly because people are not properly educated about them, they live around you, your bed, their food source, not YOUR food). After reading about them online, they turned out to be fairly easily to kill (especially if you know how to look). Steam worked the best for me. After several thorough checks I was comfortable keeping my existing bed and furniture in my new place and I haven't had a problem in over 10 months. But it is definitely something I do not want to experience again. In sum, I have never had a bug problem in 10 years living in Ottawa except for 1975 St. Laurent Blvd, the management seemed overrun and unconcerned with my problem and they are not something anyone should have to live with daily.
Would an admin of this site please move these posts to their proper location. Thank you.
JENN on 09/19/2008
IT IS EXACTLLY FOR 1975 ST.LAURENT BLVD (IT DIDNT FIND THE ADDRESS)
THE WHOLE BUILDING IS FULL OF BED BUGS. UTTERLY DISGUSTING. THE OFFICE DOESNT REALLY SEEM TO DO MUCH ABOUT IT EITHER, CONSIDERING THERE WAS A MATRESS IN THE BASEMENT WITH BED BUGS SPRAY PAINTED ON IT, AND IT STAYED THERE FOR OVER A WEEK. THEY ARE THE BIGGEST MORE DISGUSTING PAIN IN THE WORLD. IT IS LITERALLY TRAMATYZING. I SWEAR I PTSD. I WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT (I HAVE OBVIOUSLTY SINCE MOVED) AND GO CRAZY IF I FEE
L SOMETHING KINDA TOUCHING MY SKIN. TALK ABOUT CREEPY CRAWLY SENSATIONS. I SEARCH MY BED AND ROOM EVERYDAY IN FEAR I HAVE BROUGHT THEM WITH ME. AND I AM PROBABLY ON MY 7TH CAN OF RAID ( THE RED BOTTLE CAUSE IT SAYS IT KEEPS KILLING FOR UP TO 2 WEEKS) I HAVENT SPENT HUNDERDS AND HUNDREDS OF DOLLERS BECAUSE OF THESE BED BUGS ALONG WITH HAVING TO THROW OUT MY BED, DRESSER, TV AND A LOT OF OTHER STUFF.
WORST THING TO HAPPEN TO ME IN MY LIFE......