Park La Brea Apartments

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My experience here was quite miserable. I don't know where to begin. I signed on for a 1 bedroom "luxury" for over $2k a month.

1. SERVICE IS NONEXISTENT. The service people (all) are as inept & indifferent as everyone says on yelp. I could not get help on even minor issues. I needed to replace a laundry card-I was given the run around on how to get it. The leasing office sent me to a broken machine; I tried multiple laundry machines in different towers to no avail; at one point I was given a 1-800# for an international co. that installs laundry machines. I wound up visiting a laundromat to do laundry. If PLB weren't such an institutionalized facility, service could be overlooked-but unfortunately it's only a matter of time before something breaks & you need the management for something.

2. My car was TOWED when I accidentally parked it in the wrong spot on my 2nd day & I was given numerous citations by the "police" in the facility.

3. THE UNITS ARE NOT SAFE-despite ridiculous, round the clock security. Security guards police the main entrance & stop cars, they also stand by the tower front doors & harass residents. Ironically-the towers are easy to break into: anyone can get past security by saying they're "visitors" and the towers are not locked!! + tower security leaves at dusk-making the units totally vulnerable. I heard of multiple break in's.

4. ROACHES are a problem. I found 2 in my unit within months-one came up the bathtub drain (& I am honestly fairly neat). I attributed this to the OVERFLOWING DUMPSTER in the basement of every single tower. The trash collectors come once a week-not often enough to deal with the trash of literally thousands of residents.

5. MAINTENANCE IS TERRIBLE-I had luke warm water & had to threaten legal action before I was able to obtain any kind of repair (the "repair" was minimal & didn't get the water that hot). Facilities are also in poor shape-I lived in a tower that was getting "refurbished" & the elevators would take 3-5 solid minutes to arrive once signaled.

6. MANAGEMENT IS CORRUPT: I finally had it & decided to get out. To avoid a $4k fine, I found a tenant to take over my lease. So desperate to leave, I bribed her into taking over the unit by offering to subsidize her rent. She decided to take it & was approved by the leasing office. However, when an agent found out she was taking over a lease, she offered my replacement an incredible "last minute" deal just before papers were signed & she cut over $500/month off another similar unit. I lost my tenant the day before I was to move out. I notified management I was not responsible for the cancellation penalty with numerous calls-not returned. I discovered months later that a creditor had pursued me & damaged my credit for not paying the cancel fee. I am taking this to a small claims court to resolve the dispute & clear my credit. I DEEPLY REGRET getting sucked into this resident trap & strongly urge all prospective tenants to look elsewhere.

ONE SILVER LINING-the leasing office has leeway to fluctuate rent dramatically (it's a little like buying airplane seating)-& some residents have lived there literally for decades because of rent control & good rates. But I would not recommend tolerating this living facility unless you have a really incredible deal.

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My experience here was quite miserable. I don't know where to begin. I signed on for a 1 bedroom "luxury" for over $2k a month.

1. SERVICE IS NONEXISTENT. The service people (all) are as inept & indifferent as everyone says on yelp. I could not get help on even minor issues. I needed to replace a laundry card-I was given the run around on how to get it. The leasing office sent me to a broken machine; I tried multiple laundry machines in different towers to no avail; at one point I was given a 1-800# for an international co. that installs laundry machines. I wound up visiting a laundromat to do laundry. If PLB weren't such an institutionalized facility, service could be overlooked-but unfortunately it's only a matter of time before something breaks & you need the management for something.

2. My car was TOWED when I accidentally parked it in the wrong spot on my 2nd day & I was given numerous citations by the "police" in the facility.

3. THE UNITS ARE NOT SAFE-despite ridiculous, round the clock security. Security guards police the main entrance & stop cars, they also stand by the tower front doors & harass residents. Ironically-the towers are easy to break into: anyone can get past security by saying they're "visitors" and the towers are not locked!! + tower security leaves at dusk-making the units totally vulnerable. I heard of multiple break in's.

4. ROACHES are a problem. I found 2 in my unit within months-one came up the bathtub drain (& I am honestly fairly neat). I attributed this to the OVERFLOWING DUMPSTER in the basement of every single tower. The trash collectors come once a week-not often enough to deal with the trash of literally thousands of residents.

5. MAINTENANCE IS TERRIBLE-I had luke warm water & had to threaten legal action before I was able to obtain any kind of repair (the "repair" was minimal & didn't get the water that hot). Facilities are also in poor shape-I lived in a tower that was getting "refurbished" & the elevators would take 3-5 solid minutes to arrive once signaled.

6. MANAGEMENT IS CORRUPT: I finally had it & decided to get out. To avoid a $4k fine, I found a tenant to take over my lease. So desperate to leave, I bribed her into taking over the unit by offering to subsidize her rent. She decided to take it & was approved by the leasing office. However, when an agent found out she was taking over a lease, she offered my replacement an incredible "last minute" deal just before papers were signed & she cut over $500/month off another similar unit. I lost my tenant the day before I was to move out. I notified management I was not responsible for the cancellation penalty with numerous calls-not returned. I discovered months later that a creditor had pursued me & damaged my credit for not paying the cancel fee. I am taking this to a small claims court to resolve the dispute & clear my credit. I DEEPLY REGRET getting sucked into this resident trap & strongly urge all prospective tenants to look elsewhere.

ONE SILVER LINING-the leasing office has leeway to fluctuate rent dramatically (it's a little like buying airplane seating)-& some residents have lived there literally for decades because of rent control & good rates. But I would not recommend tolerating this living facility unless you have a really incredible deal.

Pros: You'll appreciate less corrupt landlords in the future

Cons: Maintenance, security, inept management, trash

 

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