We sold our home in July 2011 ...
We sold our home in July 2011 and moved into the Camden Reunion Apartments in Apex, NC while we looked for a new home. We signed a 3 month lease for $869 per month and stayed 1 additional month before we were able to close on a new home. The apartment was a two bedroom 2 bath handicapped apartment (the only 1st floor available at the time) of about 850sq ft. The appliances are the cheapest they could find. The dishwasher was very loud and the refrigerator froze everything.
I won't get into the complications of our moving day except to say that it was very stressful because we had to be packed, clear of the old house, and up to Apex before the office closed. This could have been alleviated if the rental agent would have completed ALL of our pre-move in requirements and could have simply left the key in our apartment or given us a key up front. On the night that I was moving in I noticed 2 policemen on bicycles patrolling the complex. I thought that was odd since I had never seen that in an apartment complex before. I was later to find out why.
We completed unloading the truck that night and I parked the tow dolly in front of the apartments and the truck in an area where there were lots of open spaces. The next day when I went to hook up the dolly, it had two flat tires. I had to tow the dolly to the U-Haul place on the flats. I was approached by this young guy when I was out looking at the tires and he started giving me crap about the dolly being parked in front of the apartments. Since none of the parking spaces are assigned, I told him to shove off. His words and this action told me who flattened the dolly tires. The next morning I go out and find two tires on my SUV flattened. I was livid! I went to the office and the rental agent on duty was ambivalent about it. I then asked her about the police patrols and she told me there was no problems in the apartments.
After move in we noticed that the paint in the kitchen was coming off. Upon closer examination we discovered that the cabinets had been painted over without cleaning grease of of them so the paint was just coming off. The cabinets were filthy under the paint. The gym was not secured nor did most of the equipment work. The car wash vacuum cleaner did not work. The only reason that I remark about this is these were touted as wonderful amenities of the complex.
The next thing I noticed was my air conditioning would not cool the apartment down. I notified maintenance and was told by the maintenance guy that they had just worked on the unit. Two weeks later of having a window unit stuck in my window at one of the hottest times of the year the problem was solved.
Then came my next problem. I was told that I had to park my boat and utility trailer in a designated area of the complex where I couldn't see them and there was no security cameras. Long story short, my almost new utility trailer was stolen from the complex. Luckily, my renter's insurance and my car insurance combined was able to replace the trailer.
The apartment complex allows dogs and you really need to watch where you walk. The complex provides doggy stations but I noticed most people do not use them. There is a $300 non refundable charge for pets.
I had a couple of run ins with an upstairs neighbor because he didn't like the smoke from my hibachi grill going up into his apartment.
Last of all I was sent a statement from the apartments after I moved out that didn't really say anything about me owing a bill. But I received an email stating that if I didn't come in an give them $337 more, they would send me to collections. I went and paid it after I found out I owed it.
My total paid in to Camden Reunion was $4,800. For 4 months that comes to $1,200 per month to live in (by far) the worst apartments I have ever lived in. I do hope that this review will help you avoid being involved with a potentially awful rental experience like mine.