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.