My experience with Bay Indies has been a bad joke. Own a home in this "resort community" and then find all the things that they sweep under the rug. Pools that aren't heated, as they are described. Non working street lights that residents have been formally complaining about for many months. A crumbling walking/bike path. A park manager, Ron, and office worker, Sherry, who both tell you off and laugh at you when you try to bring anything to their attention. They definitely do not have the residents best interest, or safety, at heart. Maintanace crew is difficult to find and do not repair things for weeks or months after a work order is written up. If you choose to buy in here, read your contract very carefully. Lot rents have been increasing rapidly. Many who were paying $700 2 years ago are now paying $900! With 1308 lots here and an average rent of $900 per month, they are making over $1,000,000 per month, just at Bay Indies. They own other properties as well. My advice, should you think about living here, join "Nextdoor", an app on your phone or computer, and read all of the comments from tenants. Its eye opening!
If I were to describe one word for my Mother’s experience here at Bay Indies it would be (horrific). From the day she moved in nothing has been right. Most that was promised when she got here was not done. From electric wires hanging out of walls, windows not working, needed new blinds, no microwave over stove as promised by Barb, sink holes in yard, at least 4 receptacles didn’t work, water leak in Florida room, floor decayed and falling in. Many leaks in master bedroom, shop light above sink in kitchen mounted facing at you and was blinding, railing was loose, exhaust fans did not work in bathroom. Mold grew on master bedroom ceiling and after contacting Bay indies about it and my mom feeling sick for a while they finally sent someone out. They closed off bedroom and removed the mold. When we mentioned windows did not function properly their solution was to screw windows shut permanently. This is just the beginning of an ongoing nightmare. Now we have added rats to the scenario. When we first saw rat droppings in linen closet, the then manager Steve said to keep an eye on it and if it got worse or continued to let him know because extermination fees are expensive. After things being moved and knocked over in the trailer, and candy missing from candy bowl on table. We asked bug guys who come out to spray what they thought. They looked around and picked up couch and saw animal droppings and said we had a rodent. They set small trap under couch because she has a small dog that was all they could do. Two days later there was a rat in trap under couch. I contacted Bay Indies and told them about it. Nothing happened so after 5 days I contacted my attorney and he said to take a letter to office stating she felt the place was uninhabitable. An exterminator was there that day. The exterminator came once a day for a week and then once a week per month. After going home for personal business we returned to trailer. After a couple days we noticed things in the house being moved and pet food on couch. Our dog cannot get on couch. We went outside and looked around trailer and found a hole dug underneath the trailer. I called Bay Indies and Michelle said she would contact the exterminator and he would be out. I asked if he would be out today and she said she couldn't promise that. I stearnly said that someone needed to come today because i was not going to spend the night with rats. She then assured me he would be out today. We waited and no one came. She told a flat out lie just to get me off the phone. My mom’s rent was raised $25 a month. I wonder if that is because of her new tenant, the RAT!! I am so disgusted as i do not trust this place to look after my mom’s well being!! A couple months ago her phone didn't work only to find wire was cut. Venice police confirmed it was cut. Many people have keys to these trailers in this park. This is a 55 and over community and it saddens me that senior citizens could be put in the same situation as my mother. I contacted Equity Lifestyle Property management in Chicago, this is who owns Bay Indies only to be told to leave a message with customer service. Who never returned my call. Please if you are considering buying or renting here, reconsider!
Don't move here!! Ever! The home owners association likes to threaten and abuse it's power along with Argus Management service. They've already forced out 2 families with bogus legal action. It may seem like a nice place to live, but these people will make your life a living hell, all they do is posture and bully the people they don't like in the community!