Greystar Properties - Bad Management

Greystar Properties - I'd rather be shot in the face than to live in that apartment again!


There are some great perks to renting an apartment. You often have nice amenities and you can skip all of the yard work required. In some cases you can pay a bit more and have your trash collected from your doorstep or enjoy covered parking. Of course, there are some potential problems that come with renting as well. Chief among these is the quality of the company actually managing the property.

If you wind up in a complex managed by a lazy or even immortal management company, you’re unlikely to enjoy your stay – and that stay is contractually obligated once you sign on the dotted line. For that reason, it’s best to really examine a property before you sign off.

Check the Property Management Company Online

Many would-be residents don’t take what feels like an extra step, but doing some online research can save you some huge headaches. Search for complaints against the company managing the property you’re considering.

It may be that you find a few complaints from residents who didn’t get their way and mistakes do happen, but if you find an ongoing and extensive list of problems, especially the same issues across different areas, you know you’re in for a similar negative experience if you sign-up with this particular complex.

Drive the Complex before the “Tour”

Once you walk into the rental office of an apartment complex, you’re going to get the full speech and guided tour to see the property. This tour is going to be under the supervision of the rental office and can give you a lot of good information. Before taking that tour, however, take a tour of your own.

Drive around the property to get a feel for how people use the gates and parking lot. Are there broken down vehicles throughout? Are the gates wide open despite being advertised as a “gated” community? How hard is it for strangers to enter the property without a code? If you can drive around and cruise right up through a gated apartment complex, so can anyone else. Even worse, if you live in a locked building, do non-residents assume they can follow you in at any time? How is that safe?

Take the “Real” Tour

You might even get out of your car and take a short walk to look at the things that aren’t on the official tour list. Check out the state of the dumpsters. Is there trash piled around the dumpsters or stacked by the doors of the apartments?

Any signs of animals and vermin? Any evidence of squirrels or rats? Does the property away from the rental office look well maintained? Junk in the pool? If things are looking fishy, there’s really no need to take a tour. A badly maintained complex isn’t going to magically improve once you move in.