Let me tell you a few things, in GA there are very few affordable places to live. You can either live in an area where there is a lot of noise, crime, and less desirable conditions. Or you can spend $100 more and live in a nice "gated" community. When I first had my tour, I was told it was a quiet community, 24hour gym, gated, good maintenance staff; they were putting in an office center as I was coming into their community. Great, this place sounds perfect for me! Just having moved from out of state, I felt this was the best location for me, not too far from Atlanta and not too far from work. Great, right?
Ya it was pretty great at first. After the first few months, the 24hour gym was only open 10-10. I worked late some nights and didn't get home until 10:30...so they never worked for me. The gates were left open more often than not, days, weeks, where they were just left wide open. I chose a gated community because I had an ex that used to just show up whenever they felt like, so I thought the extra cost was worth it...wish I could have held back part of my rent until they fixed that. They recently were bought by another company…I think when I moved in, they gave me a great rate and told me about all these great amenities, cause they wanted to fill all the holes before they sold. The place is half empty, don’t listen to them if they say otherwise.
So my lease is almost up and I start looking for some other place to live, same issue I had when I was looking a year ago, nothing really in my budget that I felt safe in, so I decide to go month-to-month while I look for a roommate or another living situation. That brought my rent up to over a thousand dollars a month. When I finally found a situation that worked for me, I needed to save $500 before I could move in...The office refused to work with me, let me do a partial payment. I had NEVER once missed turning in rent and I was always on time. So I was really irked with them for that. There were so many empty units that you’d think they would want you to stay. Anyways, so I finally move out. Great, good riddance. I cleaned, vacuumed, probably left a few screws in the wall; I figured I wouldn't get my deposit back. I was so angry with them, I didn't care.
I had a dog in the apartment with me. If it ever had an accident, I would clean it up, immediately. The carpet looked like apartment carpet when I moved in, kindy dingy, recently cleaned. Apparently, I destroyed their carpet and they had to replace all of it. It was a four year carpet when I moved in and in the lease, it said not to bother shampooing the floor because they would do that. But I guess their company couldn’t get out any of the stains and they had to replace the entire thing. So I ended up paying somewhere around $300 to replace a four year old carpet (which I was under the impression that’s what the pet fee is for, what are they using it for if not to replace carpets after the animals leave)….
So if you are renting from here, make sure you know how old the carpet it and what you need to do to not get dinged with this fee. I feel if I had shampooed the carpet before I left I never would have had this headache. I have since learned to always mention every stain in the walk-through of anything you are renting, any ding, any bump, anything you see, write it down. I have never lived some place that the office didn’t genuinely care about you…but here, at Mountain Park…you are just a check to them. They do not care about you.
Quiet community though.
2/5 because Camille is awesome.