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I have been living in Bonnieview since the big changes back in 2015. Not only is Ms. Adams (the leasing manager) the best, but she is understanding. Apartments are updated. Great closet space. The grounds look amazing! From the landscaping to the pool everything looks great! Only downside in no more fence surrounding the complex. I cant speak for all the other buildings, but the people in my building are great. We look out for each other.
Once again this company is a fraud they work right in the housing deed building they have taken homes from the elderly so u know what type of people they r they have a whole bunch of raggedy homes trying to stick people in them just so they can work you right up out of your home they have 1 decent house that I've seen and they swindled someone out of that home y'all are frauds and shysters community real estate I would advise no one to deal with them on a home period I'm warning people right now I can't believe that they still have the people that they have still working for that shysty company talking about community y'all don't know the first thing about are community fraud ass company have a great year of messing over people thanks the Detroit tax paying people really appreciate your shystynes someone take them out of business please and have the courage to be sitting on the second floor of fishbones smh really.
Poor Maintenance. Slow to fix problems and when they finally come the workers will steal your property. Never give permission to enter when you are not home. Had hundreds of dollars in tools stolen from me when I finally gave permission to enter. Problem not fix, Ilost tool and other petty things!!! Beware
I lost EVERYTHING here because of BLACK MOLD. First, black mold began growing under the bathroom sink from a pipe that we did not know was leaking. Then mold started growing in the bedroom closet on the wall. The mold grew up the walls and spread to EVERYTHING in the closet. All of my purses, shoes, blankets, shelves, and even my husband's wedding suit was covered in either green or black mold. Then the mold spread into the bedroom. It grew on my mattress, bed frame, tables, EVERYTHING.I wrote a letter to the manager describing everything. She said that maintenance would come look at the apartment. NO ONE EVER CAME. After a week, i found out i was pregnant. Now I became even more worried because i knew living in black mold would not be good for my baby. I wrote a second letter and took it to her. She told me that we could move into another unit in one week after they got it ready. A week passed and we did not hear from anyone. I went to her and she said that we COULD NOT MOVE because the "new manager" (some man she would not even let us contact, or even tell us his name) said we couldn't get another unit. The most he was willing to give us was one month free rent while we wait for maintenance to fix the busted pipe in the wall that was causing the mold growth in MULTIPLE APARTMENTS. MAINTENANCE COULD NOT EVEN MAKE IT TO LOOK AT ALL THE OTHER THINGS WRONG IN THE APARTMENT WHY WOULD I WAIT FOR THEM TO FIX A PIPE THAT WAS ALREADY BUSTED FOR MONTHS? the health inspector said this was NOT the first time the building had a mold issue. My husband and i worked HARD for everything we lost in that apartment. We are a young couple just trying to make it out here and they PLAYED US! I CRIED as i threw away bags and bags of things that i could not get the mold off of. They "allowed" us to break the lease and move out of THEIR UNINHABITABLE apartment in 30 days. THE WORST PART IS THAT THEY KEPT ALL OF OUR MONEY INCLUDING THE SECURITY DEPOSIT.!!!
*BUYER BEWARE: These apartments are NOTHING like the pictures loftpace.com posts on their website! Even if you are considering another property, know that there are currently three class-action lawsuits in place against this company.*We (my husband, our then 15-month old son, myself, and our dog) moved into the John R Apartments in October of 2013, from out-of-state, needing immediate residence. There were several issues with the unit that we reported on our move-in condition form. For starters, the apartment was absolutely FILTHY. We spent days scrubbing grease and grime off of every surface, especially the kitchen cupboards, floor, and stove. There are two windows that do not close completely, one window pane that has a crack running across it, several broken outlets, a running toilet, and our stove is missing parts. None of these issues have ever been addressed, despite persistent complaints. In November, we noticed that the heat was not working at all. We were told to buy a space heater for which we would be reimbursed $50 off of our next month’s rent. Since the heat has been on and working, it has never been sufficient. The space heater has to be on for the bedroom to be a bearable temperature. By the end of December, not even the space heater set on high AND the unit heater (which we were still told was ON and WORKING) together could keep our bedroom warm. We ended up blocking off the bedroom completely and moving into the living room, bed and all. Further complaints were made, not only by us but by several tenants, but no action was taken. In the beginning of January, I entered the bedroom to feed my fish, and found that the 3-gallon tank had frozen solid, even though it was pushed up against the unit heater. Again, we complained and were told that the heat was on and working. We submitted a letter stating that we were withholding rent until our apartment was made livable. That same day, the water stopped working (due to burst pipes- which wouldn’t have happened if the building was properly heated), and the power went out. We were forced to leave for safety reasons and have not yet been able to return.A few days later, pipes burst in our ceiling. We were contacted by the management and asked to get there as soon as possible. The damage is extensive and also poses an electrical hazard. A maintenance team was called in to assess the damage. When they entered, water was actively leaking from the ceiling and walls. They ripped the stove from the wall, still plugged in and hooked to the gas line, and cut a large hole in the wall behind it. The piece of wall that they cut away was discarded in our bathtub, along with a piece of wood removed from the bathroom ceiling and a small cutout from the kitchen/living room area. No further “repairs” were made that day, and none have been made to date. The maintenance team made no effort to clean up after themselves, and didn’t put the stove back either. We were recently mailed an eviction notice for nonpayment of rent. This has been the company’s only response to our situation. As of January 28, 2014, our apartment has been completely unlivable for 21 days. Despite our repeated complaints and phone calls, we have not been given any estimate on when our apartment will be livable again, or when any repairs will begin.
ms. adams is the best landlord ever she worked with me when I was down on my luck and genuinely cared for me and my lids. I don't know no other apartment complex that would do this for anyone. Thanks her nickname is be "THE MOTHER OF BONNIEVIEW" because she made sure me and my kids kept a place to stay like I was her family. again thank you you are a true angel sent from heaven. Yall will see what i'm talking about love you Ms. Adams
Best Customer Service around! The property manager is by far, very knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with.
This was the worst experience I ever had with any contractor. This company damaged more in my home than they repaired. The Plumber caused leaks when I had none before. He brought the wrong color bathtub, he forgot to make a hole in the sheet rock for the water spout for the bathtub so a hole had to be punched in the new tile for the tubs spout, he improperly installed the tub drain causing it to leak in the basement, he gauged the marble floor tile with the toilet, he didn't tighten the toilet which rocked like an amusement park ride, he reduced the water pressure in my home to a trickle then, blamed it on the City's Water Department saying that the pressure was low coming into the house. He later discovered the low pressure cause, a towel he left in a pipe, which he blamed on the installer of my water softener, installed 9 years prior. I had ample pressure before he showed up. These people left me with out a bathroom for over a month, my three bedroom bungalow only had the one. They scratched and gouged my hard wood floors engulfed my home in dust and, when they finished 9 months later. They left debris and materials from the work in my basement and backyard wich by now was covered with snow. The owner of the company made as many excuses as his plumber who used every excuse in the book short of " The dog ate my home work ". The owners excuse for his plumber was " he is an idiot ". If you find you've hired this company. You have my condolences. The only reason these people continued to work in my home was because I had a contract through the City of Detroit's 0% home improvement loan program. They chose the contractor. I wished I'd paid the interest and hired an experienced company. If you have the misfortune of seeing Stroyko Construction approaching your home, barricade your door and dial 911 because if they get in what they will do will be a crime. Consider your self warned.
I just read about another fire at the apartments. My building caught fire there in 2013 and the manager did not help me relocate and they had the nerve to keep my rent and deposit despite not having a place to live and the fire being in no way my fault! Atrocious management... Very disrespectful... Praying for those in the fire... Infinity will surely not help you... They didn't us! Disgraceful management!!!!
If you want to be raped, robbed beated in the supernatural .This is the place . If you like bedbugs and roaches.,no security. If you want security you better call police.
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.