Durham >Housing Rental > Beech Lake Apartments
4800 University Drive, Durham, NC | Directions 2770735.954457 -78.967861
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Please do NOT move here. I have been here less than 3 months and I wish to haven I had not moved in. It will take weeks for them to make even simple repairs, and thats only if you call, email, contact the justice department, etc. Do NOT live here!!! It is the worst. All the negative reviews you have read are TRUE. I did not think it could have been that bad, but it is. Save your money, your sanity. LIVE SOMEWHERE ELSE. I will NOT be resigning, and if I could find some way out of my lease, I would take it!
HORRIBLE APARTMENTS – Please do not move here. The people in the office will talk about you behind your back. If it is a small issue they will take care of it promptly but things like water leaking and having to cut holes in the ceiling or taking care of MOLD and other serious issues they won't do. In fact you will most likely need an attorney to handle the issue (learned that from experience). Please head my warning yes the management may be nice on the first day but once you sign those papers your a done for. The rent may be cheap but it is not worth the pain and the aggravation. I wish you luck if you move here. I will not be renewing my lease.
Not so good! Poorly maintained! – I lived here for two years. The second year was only because we were too lazy to move again so soon. That we regret.
My apartment (6G, 2bdrm) and beech lake experience sucked because:
-When toured the apt. there we some things that needed to be repaired. When we moved in, they had not repaired any of them and it was up to us to file maintenance requests until they were taken care of. That's poor as I assumed these things would have been taken care of prior to move in.
-Stinky with mold smells, especially the cabinetry and the poorly ventilated bedroom bathroom.
-AC/heating broke numerous times and although the maintenance folks are nice, good people trying to do their job, the repair methods are basically trial and error. It was annoying to say the least.
-Unfriendly neighbors, and half didn't seem to speak English...
-Thin floors + walls
-Pipe in the bathroom wall burst and the place flooded with about 2in water everywhere! They did pay for a 3 day hotel stay while they ripped up the carpet, stuck giant fans under it + had a big dehumidifier running. They had helped us move a lot of our furniture onto the porch + covered it with a tarp. In retrospect, our valuables could have easily been stolen. The place seemed dry when we moved back in but I'm sure it only added more mold issues... The only good thing out of this, I suppose, is at the time they had insurance so we were financially reimbursed for most of our damaged stuff. Of course photos + such are irreplaceable...
-When we moved out, we were charged for the carpet to be replaced, and they had inaccurate records of the prior flood in their computer records. We tried to fight this but didn't win, and didn't have the time to deal with their crap.
-Some of the people working in the office were nice, but you could tell they hated working there... a lot of residents probably bitching to get problems resolved unsuccessfully. One lady acted like a total botch when we tried to fight the carpet replacement stuff. It was like talking to a stupid wall.
-Not the safest neighborhood though things did seem to be well lit outside. Btw, someone was shot in one of the apartments. This was on the news briefly otherwise I probably wouldn't have known about it.
-Three dryers in the laundry room worked very poorly. Damp results!
The good things about beech lake:
-The layout of our apartment was decent + the square footage was large for a 2bdrm
-The landscape outside was fairly well maintained
-There was a pool
Find a better place to live!
Live here at your own risk. – This was by far my worst living experience ever! I was a graduate student, so the cheap rent was nice. However, the unit was in HORRIBLE shape. My roommate and I made a list of problems with it when we first arrived, and about a third of them were actually fixed by the time we left. This included our weekly calls to the office asking for something to be fixed. The ceiling also collapsed at one point during the year, and they stopped the leak but did not patch up the hole in the ceiling.
I also traveled a lot for my research, and came home once to find that they changed my locks and cleaned the carpets without telling me. I then had to wait several hours for the EMERGENCY maintenance person to come let me into my apartment.
The icing on the cake was that the last month I lived there I received a bill for $0 for that month. I called the office to ask what was up and was told that I had paid a month's rent up front and that was them reimbursing me. On move out day, I found out that that was incorrect and that I was currently being evicted in court. Not a good thing as a grad student taking out loans. I also never received warnings about the eviction. All the warnings were sent to my roommate's parents house in NY, while the office knew that my roommate had moved out of the country.
Live here at your own risk!!! HORRIBLE MANAGEMENT!!!
WORST apartments ever! – I lived here for only 9 months (thank goodness), but the list of problems go on and on. Before I went to move in, they forgot to inform me that the apartment I signed a lease for was no longer going to be vacant on my move-in day. Because there was no other availability immediately, I had to live (and pay for myself) in a hotel for 1 week. Then, my application for automatic withdrawal for rent was not processed - so I ended up with an eviction notice on my door. My electronic key would always have problems, and I'd have to SIT outside the gate until another resident would go in. Then, when I went to move out ... they insisted that my lease was in effect for another 3 months. Thank goodness I kept my copy of the leasing agreement. This is the WORSE PLACE TO LIVE!!!!
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