170 Lees Ave
Ottawa, ON K1S

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Riddled with Bedbugs, Roaches....

Your property will be destroyed,

Questionable fluids in the laundry room, stairways, elevators, building smells, unresponsive landlord.

Management is great until your a tenant and then you quickly realize the lack of care for tenants.

No qualms throwing a tenant under the bus, if your a prospective tenant RUN! Or be fair warned.


Riddled with Bedbugs, Roaches....

Your property will be destroyed,

Questionable fluids in the laundry room, stairways, elevators, building smells, unresponsive landlord.

Management is great until your a tenant and then you quickly realize the lack of care for tenants.

No qualms throwing a tenant under the bus, if your a prospective tenant RUN! Or be fair warned.


Riddled with Bedbugs, Roaches....

Your property will be destroyed,

Questionable fluids in the laundry room, stairways, elevators, building smells, unresponsive landlord.

Management is great until your a tenant and then you quickly realize the lack of care for tenants.

No qualms throwing a tenant under the bus, if your a prospective tenant RUN! Or be fair warned.


Riddled with Bedbugs, Roaches....

Your property will be destroyed,

Questionable fluids in the laundry room, stairways, elevators, building smells, unresponsive landlord.

Management is great until your a tenant and then you quickly realize the lack of care for tenants.

No qualms throwing a tenant under the bus, if your a prospective tenant RUN! Or be fair warned.


Riddled with Bedbugs, Roaches....

Your property will be destroyed,

Questionable fluids in the laundry room, stairways, elevators, building smells, unresponsive landlord.

Management is great until your a tenant and then you quickly realize the lack of care for tenants.

No qualms throwing a tenant under the bus, if your a prospective tenant RUN! Or be fair warned.


Riddled with Bedbugs, Roaches....

Your property will be destroyed,

Questionable fluids in the laundry room, stairways, elevators, building smells, unresponsive landlord.

Management is great until your a tenant and then you quickly realize the lack of care for tenants.

No qualms throwing a tenant under the bus, if your a prospective tenant RUN! Or be fair warned.


My roommate was moving out in August 2015 and found two bedbugs on her box spring while moving and notified us. We contacted management and they had us start preparing for extermination immediately. The landlord does not pay for the laundry expense.
They sprayed the first time, I saw two bed bugs and killed them, but never saw any others. The exterminator came back in two weeks time and sprayed again.
They never sprayed surrounding apartments, which scares me because who knows if they will com

e back or not.

The apartment building is also covered in cockroaches in every part of the building.
I would never move here, you are just asking to be infested with bugs if you do so.

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They have a bad rep, but really aren't that bad.
I've lived at 170 and 180, 180 has less students and is the cheapest on the block. It has a rep for bugs, but I lived there for 18 months and with a clean apartment I didnt have any issues (no bed bugs). 170 has also just been renovated - the prices went up, and the new windows are tinted (they hardly open, so it gets HOT in the summer), but the overall renos mean that the units are a bit nicer and cleaner.
170 was more student-infested and tha

t meant monthly fake fire alarms. A few more in exam season. We didn't have bug problems when we were there for a year, but we did see some.
There was a fire at 170 when I lived there and if anything, it made me feel a lot safer in the building. The unit in question was destroyed completely (crazy hot flames, no smoke for a while it was so hot), but the only other damage to other units was some water damage to the units directly below.
Price-wise, the one bedrooms are a bit expensive. You generally only pay $100 to $150 more for a two bedroom (at least when we were living there).

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The apartments themselves are acceptable for what you pay. The management tends to be "not the best", though. The area itself is generally pretty safe. The biggest complaint I hear is that it's far on foot from a grocery store (1.5 km or so to a smallish, mediocre Loblaws).

Very high student population, if you can handle the noise it's not that bad. underground parking is dark but warm. You're literally beside the Lees stop from these buildings. Only real issue I know of assuming you're ok wi

th the noise is the occasional noise in the above ground parking lot. I'd recommend living on a higher floor given the choice, they have been reno vated the most

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170 lees ,2012-2015 i lived there a few years, its not the best but i have lived many places in ottawa and it is a great place to start out or get you through school, saw some bugs, delt with that on my own,


I lived at 170 lees from 2012 -2015.Up there in the worst apartment building ever! If it would not have been for financial trouble I would have been gone. Completely disgusting, unclean and full of roaches and bedbugs which will destroy all your things. Do NOT trust management, they are racist and find humour in making things more difficult for tenants. The rental manager ( I think his name starts with a B) is well known for flirting with the younger girls and sells drugs out of his apartment on

the sixth floor. I witnessed one of his "customers" come into the rental office while I was there. They are well known for their illegal activities, entering people's apartments, throwing out people's furniture, not having apartments ready for the 1st, taking more than a months deposit. Also good luck trying to get your deposit when you leave, they constantly tell you "it's not ready". Just stay away. It's not worth it.

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previous post is by the racist landlord. it's actually all of the white men bringing the bugs in. the white men are pedophiles.


I lived on Lees Ave. for several years in the mid 2000'a. I was aware of the building's reputation (and it deserves it, truly...) but I needed an apartment quickly and they had one at a good price.

The roaches were not a problem in my unit (i would see one a week or so...) but was told there were apartments, especially the ones rented by immigrants with several children, where they were so bad in the cupboards that you could not really see the floors. The unit I first visited had 7 people liv

ing in a 2-bedroom, including a foul-smelling Pakistanian man of about 80ies and when I opened the broom closet, i saw about 10 cockroaches scurring away.

The management was superb though and every time i mentionned a problem it was usually fixed within a day. In the time I was there we had almost monthly spraying for roaches for about a year.

Unfortunately, they came back, as you could see a lot of people of foreign origins pick up dirty mattresses and soiled sofas from across the street and drag them in the building. And you could see roaches being shaken off towels and clothes and bedsheets by same-people in the laundry room.

If you consider moving to Lees for school, make sure you bring nothing with you but the bare essentials. Throw out everything once you move out. It is the easiest way to get rid of everything.

A place worse than this however for bugs (silverfish, earwigs and what-not) is Windsor Park on Downpatrick off Hunt Club. That is a ***dump*** with unresponsive managers (Kevin is a work of art unto himself, what an idiot...), trashy tenants who leave dogs in unites for days while they leave (the number of times i called the police) until the urine smell is overpowering in the hallways and worse. The horror stories I could tell you about that place. I would take Lees over this dump anyday...

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The cockroaches are really bad here.
I would strongly advise you to not move in. They do not do a proper treatment called the "block approach", they only spray your individual unit even if the problem unit is across from you, which means they will just keep coming back!

Sometimes it is so bad you see them in the hallways, and still they do not spray the units where they are comming from : p. It used to be bad only on certain floors, mainly lower ones(i am on the 6th floor)but now I hea

r they are bad everywhere including the 21st floor.

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This building is a shit. It looks good from outside but inside is a mess. Full of bugs, cockroach, bed bugs.


I moved into an apartment on the 10th floor at the end of October 2014. As I was moving in, friends helping me noticed there were cockroaches and bed bugs (which were positively identified by a pest professional). At that point, I only unpacked essentials, and tried to keep my items from becoming infested.The bed bugs seemed to be most concentrated around the bathroom, but they were seen throughout the apartment. The cockroaches were mainly in the kitchen. I notified the building manager, and th

ey said they could only spray for one pest at a time. They gave me 24 hours notice that they were going to for the bed bugs, and they did so punctually, and without charging me. I refused to sign a lease because of the bugs, and I was given 24 hours notice to move out, in order to get a full refund of my rent and deposit. I moved out and got my refund, so they did honour that.

I would avoid moving here if possible. It is not worth the stress and aggravation. Other tenants on the same floor had problems with cockroaches, but not bed bugs. Make sure you do a thorough inspection of the baseboards and all cupboards if you consider moving here.

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Yes there has been a few outbreaks at 170 Lees because of tenants that feel the need to remove things from the side of the road that are there for garbage.
If people continue to garbage pick this is what happens. The building sprays the units as soon as they find out that the tenant has them. They do 2 sprays.
I lived next door to a tenant in 170 that had bed bugs i ended up with them and 170 sprayed me as soon as they found out and did a follow up spray after and sealed the cracks in my uni

t. That was 2 years ago and i havent seen a bug since thank god i had the cover on my bed to block the bed bugs from getting in my mattress.
Ottawa is full of bedbugs no matter where you go its a chance you take
DONT PICK OUT OF THE GARBAGE AND YOU WONT HAVE ANY PROBLEMS !!!! DONT BUY A USED BED !!! USED COUCH!!!

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The building still has bed bugs. I know of a couple of apartments (at least four) that are infested, my old one being one of them. I was fumigated on numerous occasions (more than five). I ended up having to leave everything behind and start over, they just kept coming back so DO NOT MOVE INTO THIS BUILDING!! worst decision you will ever make.

oh p.s they still have cockroaches, was fumigated for those twice. Even the newly renovated appartments are still infested.


DO NOT MOVE HERE!
Bugs are everywhere!


Hi, the building looks good from out side because of lot of ranawetion work, but true only they knows who is living in this building,or who are moved out from it, building need to take care of inside Holloway same as out side or even more, so building can be clean and nice from inside.

maintenance is not good specially building is totally not clean, Holloway smell bad, and floors of the hallways are dirty most days in the week, only they clean a Holloway floor once a week which is totally not

makes mach different to look a clean.

but they clean and map every day only ground floor to attract the people and costumer,

i have complained many time about maintenance and cleaning the hallways so its can be clean and nice, but they don't care, so i am moving out because of these problems.

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Hi, the building looks good from out side because of lot of ranawetion work, but true only they knows who is living in this building,or who are moved out from it, building need to take care of inside Holloway same as out side or even more, so building can be clean and nice from inside.

maintenance is not good specially building is totally not clean, Holloway smell bad, and floors of the hallways are dirty most days in the week, only they clean a Holloway floor once a week which is totally not

makes mach different to look a clean.

but they clean and map every day only ground floor to attract the people and costumer,

i have complained many time about maintenance and cleaning the hallways so its can be clean and nice, but they don't care, so i am moving out because of these problems.

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It is not worth it! DO NOT move here!

I lived here for 2 years (2009 & 2010) on 2 different floors (4th and 8th) and it was disgusting... infested with cockroaches and bed bugs- I had close to 200 bites all over my body.

VERY poorly managed and disorganized. It was a chore to get them to fumigate my apartment and it was rarely successful.

Do not move here.


DONT MOVE HERE!!!!

This building is nasty! Full of bedbugs, and roaches, and is not a well maintained building... VERY NASTY!!!!


DO NOT MOVE HERE.

The place is infested with ROACHES!!

I lived on the 6th floor. We had constant fumigations that were extremely annoying. And seeing the bugs at night was disgusting!! (We stored all our food in sealed bins.)


Any updates on the newly renovated apartments? Has anyone had cockroaches in these? Just curious because unless they completely gut your room there will continue to be problems. Appreciate any response.


How do we get in touch with you? How many signatures do you have now? We will gladly sign.


Hi so anyone who is having a problem i'm in the midst of sueing this building right now I moved in 7 days ago and only stayed 6 hours cockroach motel I swear i go back every night seeing atleast 7 in my my apartment and the actual owner of the building came with about 4 other people saying "to deal with it its your problem now" but thats fine I have a petition any one who wants to sign it will make a difference any help is appreciated.


Does anyone have a recent report on this building? Did the whole building Pestrol happen, what are recent results. Is a particular area or floor the biggest problem? Students are renting, what can they expect and what can they do if there is still a problem.


My son's room on the 18th floor has been sprayed three times. This is just a highrise slum.


11th Floor.

DO NOT MOVE INTO 170 LEES AVE. German cochroaches and bedbugs are RAMPANT throughtout the entire building. I have lived there 2 months and we have been sprayed twice. Absolutely discusting building. Entire building slated for "PESTROL" March 24th, 2009.


Note that there are two threads going for this location, and valuable information can be found on both threads!

I know that bedbugs enjoy a certain temperature, but should clarify that testing for them by heating pad does not really cut it... they follow your warm breath for its carbondioxide, and they are prone to rest during the day.

As someone who faced this infestation in past, and successfully exterminated them, I also suggest that you don't remove their food source. I realize they ne

ed blood to molt their shells, mature, and then multiply, but at minimum, sleep with the net but seem to be there as the feed! Btw, they have been shown to feed through a net, but regardless, if they can't feed, they spread throughout your things/furniture, and to other units as well -- and you may think you don't care if your neighbour gets them from you, but if they are not as diligent as you when they need to exterminate, then you can be RE-infested!

Just some helpful hints from someone who understands the frustration & exhaustion of infestation *winks*

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I just moved in two weeks ago. The first night I moved in I saw 40 german cockroaches (after the landlord advised me the rooms are professionally cleaned and exterminated before each new tenant moves in) and the place was filty (cigarette butts on the floor in the bathroom, etc). I had the exterminator come in twice the week after I moved in, once to spray and then two days later to put gel down (I had to specifically demand gel to be put down as I'm highly allergic to the cockroach 'dust' and w

anted them gone asap). So I waited a week before putting all my dishes in the cupboards again to allow the pesticide to die down a bit (they told me not to wash the cupboards since it will wash away the pesticide - sounds safe for me to put things i'm going to eat off of in there). I had stored some of the dishes in a cloth bag in my bedroom. As I was emptying out some cups I noticed a little dark spot in one of the glasses. Growing up in a rather small suburban town with the only pest being the odd pantry moth, I had no clue what it was, so I googled it. I was hoping it was a tick, but lo and behold I wanted to puke when I realized it was a bed bug. I immediately marched down to the office and presented them with the bug (which was still half alive in the glass - not full of blood luckily). They confirmed it was a bed bug and told me the exterminator would be in tomorrow if I wanted him to spray the room for bed bugs. They had a form with specific instructions for bed bug fumigation (which makes you wonder if this is routine for the building). So I've got to bag and launder all my clothes and linens (thank god I left my winter clothes and half my bedding sealed tightly in space bags!), take apart my bed frame, put my 150lb mattress upright against the wall (I am 5'4 110lbs...yah not so easy), move all the furniture 2 feet away from the walls, clean out all the closets, pull the carpet back from the baseboards and empty out my kitchen for the third time in under two weeks. The whole exterminator fumigation routine is getting really old really fast. I'm sleeping in a freaking bug netting and slathering tea tree oil on me before bed! The landlord seems to have an exterminator on contact but it seems like they're doing the least possible to rectify the situation. I havent seen any blood on my sheets (and they're bright yellow - it would be very easy to notice). I also stripped and thoroughly checked myself for bites - which I didn't seem to find any (thank God!). I'm hoping this one bed bug was a hitchhiker since my shoes were near the bag...I cranked the a/c in my bedroom, stripped my mattress (it's a brand new memory foam mattress...dont think anything lives in it) and put the heating pad near the edge and turned it on high. I left it for two hours and came back (bed bugs are attracted to heat), checked the heating pad, the mattress and under the sides and no bugs...but i'm still not taking any chances and am having the place sprayed tomorrow and then in two weeks (bed bug eggs hatch every two weeks and no pesticides kill their eggs so to kill the next cycle it needs to be sprayed again in two weeks). I doubt my landlord will reimburse me for my laundry - and the machines here are freaking expensive, not to mention down the hall from the garbage room (where cockroaches run free) - I better not bring any roaches into my room again....It would be better off just ripping the whole building down and starting fresh!

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