I made the mistake this spring of moving into "Garden Village" and regret it deeply!
First of all, I didn't even know the complex was called garden village because the landlord, John Klinkner, removed the name from the sign, most likely because of its bad reviews.
In a financial bind, these were the only apartments I could afford, and when I toured I thought John Klinkner and his wife seemed SO nice and personable, I left after signing the lease feeling great. Little did I know it was all an act.
First they convienced me to rent a "garage" spot a month early so I could move some of my stuff over from my old house ahead of time. Thinking this was a great deal, I did, and had moved almost everything I owned into my garage. The night before I moved in, it rained, and when I opened the garage the next day to move in, EVERYTHING in my garage was completely saturated. The garage ceiling was basically a strainer and even things that I had propped up off the ground was soaked from the dripping above. Including my brand new mattress and boxspring still in the plastic wrapping couldn't withstand 3 inches of standing water. Thousands of dollars of damage and they only thing they did was refund that month's garage rent. $35.
Next, I move my soaking things into my apartment and find there's standing water and black mold in my 60 year old fridge. It took 9 days for them to replace the fridge, so I went without one for over a week. The "new" fridge they replaced it with was from some sort of auction or something because it was nowhere near 'new.'
Next, my towel bowl had a crack in it, took them 4 days and 3 phone calls (all with no reply) to fix the toilet.
A few weeks later, the water heater for my building went out and it was FIVE days before it was replaced. The entire building went 5 days without warm water.
Over summer new windows were installed in the buildings and John Klinkner hired the cheapest men to do the job. When I came home after the 3rd day of them working on my windows, blinds were missing, molding was broken, and my apartment was a complete mess. It was like they punched out the old windows and super glued in some new ones. I've asked for the missing blinds 3 times now, and still dont have any.
Just last month I found out my 60 year old oven was leaking constant low doses of carbon monoxide. I had been getting horrible headaches and other side affects for months before the monoxide alarm finally went off when I was baking. It took them over a week and half a dozen complaints (all again with no response back) to come and turn the gas off.
Behind their backs I called the power company and the man was alarmed the landlord would even have an oven that unsafe. The power company man also noted that the CO alarm in my apartment was not suitable for the size of my apartment, and if I had a proper alarm I would have known about the leak months ago.
All of this has happened in the last 4 months Ive been living here. TRULY A SLUMLORD. I am dreading winter when Im sure I will have no heat.
On top of this the entire complex is TRASH. The hallways are stained and dirty, constantly smelling rotten. The carpets have not been vaccumed much less cleaned in years and there are bugs and spiderwebs and stains ALL OVER the walls. Dont even mess with going downstairs to do laundry, it will just end up dirtier than when you started. Renting the garages is a clear waste of money, and if you even try to walk into the landlord's office you'll be greeted with a nasty look and most likely will trip over the mess of paperwork and garbage outlining a small path to the desk.
Im embarrassed to even invite anyone over to my apartment, and unless you have a backup place to live for a week while you wait for hot water, or gas leaks to be fixed, there is no reason to EVER live in this slum.
JOHN KLINKNER NEEDS TO LOOSE HIS LICENSE AND PROPERTIES. DO NOT RENT FROM HIM, HE IS THE DEFINITION OF SLUMLORD. IT IS AMAZING HOW HIM AND HIS WIFE SLEEP AT NIGHT.
WOW! what a story, issues with sanitation and safety, basic rights for living! Oh how i empathize with you as I just moved out of there 2 months ago and have yet to get my deposit back. I am currently building a task force to take his renter license away. Right now I am gathering support, stories and information. If you would like to share anymore and voice interest in being apart of this movement please send me an email: Tajlove2010@gmail. And for your case, I suggest just moving out. Dont give him your forward address or anything, dont expect your deposit back but you wont get it anyway without major effort and courts. He;s so unorganized that he would not likely pursue you for the rest of your lease rent. Good luck and hope to hear from you. That is again a terrible thing they did to you. Dont be ignored anymore!!