More Applied Housing Rants!

12/3/2008:

Another Hoboken411 reader frustrated with Applied Housing:

Applied Housing zaps residents with tons of fees

Zapped with fees at Applied!

I recently moved out of an apartment in the Shipyard complex. I received my security deposit back with a deduction for $208.65 for “parquet floor damage”. I lived in that apartment for 3+ years and never had a pet. I have no idea how I could possibly have done that much damage. I felt like I was probably being charged for existing damage (when I moved in I noted there were several cracked tiles and scratches and even thought I asked repeatedly for them to be replaced they weren’t). I called the Shipyard’s management office and got no response to my voicemail. I then sent an email enumerating the reasons I felt the charge was unfair (ex: I thought I was being charged for existing pet damage and I never owned a pet, and when I moved out I asked to do a final walk thought was told “that’s not necessary.”)

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Today I received an email back saying that the charges are not for the damages I described in the living area, but to the entryway. They attached this photo showing the so-called damages. I don’t see anything. I blew it up to a very large size and still see nothing. Do you? I called the office and was told that the photo shows discolored tiles and the building’s contractor assessed the charge at $208.65. I was also told that the contractor charges that amount as the minimum and that they refuse to give me a refund. So FYI if you move out of the Shipyard and the contractor finds even a single cracked or discolored floor tile, expect a charge of $208.65. I really find this charge ridiculous and I still really can’t even understand what is wrong with the floor. It was probably like that when I moved in and it never would have occurred to me to note it as existing damage. Doesn’t wood just have natural color variations?

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strand tramp
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strand tramp

anytime conditions are less than attractive for buying the rental market gets stronger. doh! in the mid 90’s this town was all rental agents. they had 10 appointments a night from 6pm to 10pm…cute 25yr old couples looking for an apt together, walking distance to the path. then 5yrs later she convinces him to buy the cow because that clock is ticking! mtg rates were dropping and the condo rush was on! agents switched to mostly condo sales and rents dropped or languished for years! then the apt owners did renovations and were able to attract more well heeled renters, who also eventually bought. not now…no reason to buy. the rental market will firm and we should see rents rise on average as nicer condos dont sell and become rentals. this is the 3rd cycle i’ve watched.

Easy-E
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[quote comment=”121664″]This thread is interesting in that it reveals that people might not be prepared to move from renting to buying. Doesn’t matter if you’re buying a old or new property for your first home, you’re gonna have to pay the piper for fixes now and then. And if something big happens, you might even have to take out a small loan. Can’t escape it.

If you rent, it’s a lot easier. You don’t have to pay for a new heater/AC, water heater, plumbing repairs, roof/basement leaks, windows, electrical, etc. No headaches. And at times when I’ve had to make an emergency call for something big and shell out 4 figures, it almost makes you wish you had not bought. But, equity is an interesting concept. Anyhow, renting is a lot easier than owning. FYI for those thinking of making that first purchase.[/quote]

So very true. I’ve always been suspicious of the way that people see home ownership being anything other than a place to live and sometimes it can be a worthwhile investment. Cost of ownership and time spent on maintenance can be significant.

I have a friend who grew up in Manhattan and he’s dead set on getting a house, but he’s not quite prepared for all the general work that comes along with it. I suggested he wait until his kid can manage a rake and push a vacuum, and shovel some snow. 😆

BklynHobo
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[quote comment=”121692″][quote comment=”121668″]
Thanks I close in 2 weeks! 😯

But of course I’ve taken all those things into consideration..[/quote]
Congratulations! I hope you had a great deal! With rates low and a lot of condos there, I don’t see a reason why not. Yea people can argue that it’s renting from the bank or whatever, but there’s a certain joy in owning, enjoy![/quote]

Thanks Tiger! Yes I think I got a good deal, and you can’t beat the rates right now at all. I am excited about it.

Tiger
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Tiger

[quote comment=”121668″]
Thanks I close in 2 weeks! 😯

But of course I’ve taken all those things into consideration..[/quote]
Congratulations! I hope you had a great deal! With rates low and a lot of condos there, I don’t see a reason why not. Yea people can argue that it’s renting from the bank or whatever, but there’s a certain joy in owning, enjoy!

BklynHobo
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[quote comment=”121664″]This thread is interesting in that it reveals that people might not be prepared to move from renting to buying. Doesn’t matter if you’re buying a old or new property for your first home, you’re gonna have to pay the piper for fixes now and then. And if something big happens, you might even have to take out a small loan. Can’t escape it.

If you rent, it’s a lot easier. You don’t have to pay for a new heater/AC, water heater, plumbing repairs, roof/basement leaks, windows, electrical, etc. No headaches. And at times when I’ve had to make an emergency call for something big and shell out 4 figures, it almost makes you wish you had not bought. But, equity is an interesting concept. Anyhow, renting is a lot easier than owning. FYI for those thinking of making that first purchase.[/quote]

Thanks I close in 2 weeks! 😯

But of course I’ve taken all those things into consideration..

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