Lakeside Apartments

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  • 4800 Lake Trail Dr

    Lisle, IL 60532

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Jan 17, 2011 - Today is Tuesday. Since Saturday, a pipe burst in the laundry room at 630 in the morning and water has been leaking into my unit next door. There is no 24/7 maintenance person that you can count on. The apartment company uses a service call. Thankfully, there was a maintenance man that came in by 7AM, and closed the pipe, but he couldn't do anything to the damages that occurred to my personal belongings. He brought in these big fans that make really loud noises. He told us the fans would let the walls dry, and then he left. I wrote an email to a staff member (shannon.donaldson@aimco dot com) and their manager (jennifer.oliver@aimco dot com) that same day. On Sunday, all I got was a measly ""Are you ok?"" from Shannon. The fans are still blaring through my ears, like I was at a football game. Neighbors can see through my window and balcony doors, as the maintenance staff left it that way. Yesterday was Monday, and they still have not fixed the problem. Today is Tuesday, and I finally got a hold of their manager, who can only say she's sorry. In the meantime, the fans are blaring loudly, and I can't get any work done.\n\nOn Dec 2011, management sent out notices that there will be a new service for paying your bills that will be due on Jan 2012.\nOn Jan 2012, management sent out notices that there will be a ANOTHER new service for paying your bills that will be due on Feb 2012.\nYea, figure that out.\n\nDo not be sold on the free 24/7 gym. It is rarely cleaned and maintained. The treadmill belts are so old, people have slipped and landed on their head.\n\nNote that PARKING IS NOT FREE. You pay $5/month for each car you have in the lot.\n\nAll the reports about the showers are correct. Worse, they don't clean it for the new person moving in. I've only used the shower twice after I moved in, and then the tub started clogging. Maintenance cleaned out a 2 pound clump of hair that was never removed.\n\nAll the reports about creaky floors are true. You will hear your neighbors walking about if you are on the lower level.\n\nIf you're desperate, and this is the only sheet hole you can afford, at least don't pick something near a laundry unit. The mold in that place is a haven all those little critters that will eventually crawl into your space.\n\nIf little critters do not crawl into your space, mushroom will start growing there, and will eventually go into your unit, like what happened to me on July 2011.\n\nOn May 2011, the AC stopped working. It took 2 days for it to be fixed.\n\nIn the winter storm of Jan 2011, there was no snow plower in sight. The tenants had to go out and dig the snow on their own.\n\nThe kitchen is pretty nice, but why on earth would they remove the racks from the fridge? Everything has to be piled on top of the other. \n\nThis place is good for those with dogs, but it's not for those smart people who know not to get any pet. Pet owners do not clean up after their pets, since their dog sheet looks the same as the duck and goose sheet that just came from the ponds nearby.

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Jan 17, 2011 - Today is Tuesday. Since Saturday, a pipe burst in the laundry room at 630 in the morning and water has been leaking into my unit next door. There is no 24/7 maintenance person that you can count on. The apartment company uses a service call. Thankfully, there was a maintenance man that came in by 7AM, and closed the pipe, but he couldn't do anything to the damages that occurred to my personal belongings. He brought in these big fans that make really loud noises. He told us the fans would let the walls dry, and then he left. I wrote an email to a staff member (shannon.donaldson@aimco dot com) and their manager (jennifer.oliver@aimco dot com) that same day. On Sunday, all I got was a measly ""Are you ok?"" from Shannon. The fans are still blaring through my ears, like I was at a football game. Neighbors can see through my window and balcony doors, as the maintenance staff left it that way. Yesterday was Monday, and they still have not fixed the problem. Today is Tuesday, and I finally got a hold of their manager, who can only say she's sorry. In the meantime, the fans are blaring loudly, and I can't get any work done.\n\nOn Dec 2011, management sent out notices that there will be a new service for paying your bills that will be due on Jan 2012.\nOn Jan 2012, management sent out notices that there will be a ANOTHER new service for paying your bills that will be due on Feb 2012.\nYea, figure that out.\n\nDo not be sold on the free 24/7 gym. It is rarely cleaned and maintained. The treadmill belts are so old, people have slipped and landed on their head.\n\nNote that PARKING IS NOT FREE. You pay $5/month for each car you have in the lot.\n\nAll the reports about the showers are correct. Worse, they don't clean it for the new person moving in. I've only used the shower twice after I moved in, and then the tub started clogging. Maintenance cleaned out a 2 pound clump of hair that was never removed.\n\nAll the reports about creaky floors are true. You will hear your neighbors walking about if you are on the lower level.\n\nIf you're desperate, and this is the only sheet hole you can afford, at least don't pick something near a laundry unit. The mold in that place is a haven all those little critters that will eventually crawl into your space.\n\nIf little critters do not crawl into your space, mushroom will start growing there, and will eventually go into your unit, like what happened to me on July 2011.\n\nOn May 2011, the AC stopped working. It took 2 days for it to be fixed.\n\nIn the winter storm of Jan 2011, there was no snow plower in sight. The tenants had to go out and dig the snow on their own.\n\nThe kitchen is pretty nice, but why on earth would they remove the racks from the fridge? Everything has to be piled on top of the other. \n\nThis place is good for those with dogs, but it's not for those smart people who know not to get any pet. Pet owners do not clean up after their pets, since their dog sheet looks the same as the duck and goose sheet that just came from the ponds nearby.

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Do you see the one star? That's being generous to this horrifically awful apartment complex. I would give them NEGATIVE 5 stars were it possible. And it dawned on me over the course of the year I existed (can't call it living) there that the REAL problems come from AIMCO, the parent company that manages -if you can call it that- this complex.

First, the staff are not only discourteous and disrespectful, they are outright liars and cheats. They operate like a sleazy rip-off used car lot, all smiles and friendly, telling you whatever they think you want to hear, until they get your lease signed and deposit your check. I'll give you an example; I went there and looked at a unit, and it was deplorable. The carpets looked like they had been vomited, urinated and defecated on for 5 years without a cleaning. The walls weren't much better, and were unskillfully patched in many places. Everything had an aspect of cheapness and low quality. I said so. The liar showing it to me assured me that it was an older unit slated for remodeling, and that the last tenant had just moved out and they hadn't had time to clean it up yet, and she was only showing it to me to give me an idea of the floor plan, as no vacant units were available. But she assured me that by the move in date there would be several units open, recently remodeled and pristine. For me the location was near to work, I was working a lot of hours and just didn't have a lot of time to shop around, and I took her at her word. So we discussed the price, I signed a lease, wrote a check and started packing. Two weeks later I arrived in a rental truck with my stuff, went to the office to get the key, and was taken to the exact same unit, in the exact same condition. I told them there was a mistake. They said no, no mistake. I told them it was unacceptable. They said they had my deposit and a signed lease, that's all that was available. I was in a bind, it was late on a Saturday, so I let them get away with it.

Since that day, I got nothing but attitude (they treat the tenants like cattle).

The manager had the gall to call me to the office about a month into the lease saying that the one month security deposit was a mistake and they needed another half month additional. I told them that even if they hadn't defrauded me the way they did I would never agree to that. She got nasty and threatened to evict me and keep my deposit. I told her she could discuss it with my lawyer. She said an AIMCO lawyer would contact me to begin eviction, I told her that would be preferable and walked out. I never heard back about that issue. That did however begin a series of snipes from the management.

After I was there maybe 4 or 5 months, all of a sudden I started getting notices shoved under my door that I had to get a parking sticker for my vehicle (even though the lot that I parked in was -never- more than half full, and no cars there had stickers), and the office never had any to issue (in fact most employees there looked puzzled the two or three times I stopped by to get one, like they never even heard of parking stickers). So soon I started getting tow stickers stuck to my windshield every other day or so. I just tore them off and drove to work. Childish and idiotic.

In the winter when it snowed, only about half the place would get plowed and salted, making the hill I had to drive up and down to park in front of my unit impossible to safely navigate. So, in the worst weather, I had to park half a block away. Requests for adequate snow removal were met with sneers, eye rolls and I was even laughed at.

These are just a few examples, there was so much more .

And finally, when that lease expired, and a cheerful employee knocked on my door with a big smile and a lease renewal, I almost went hysterical. Needless to say there was no renewal. They did however lie like the cheating scum they are and claim I left the apartment filthy and strewn with garbage, when in fact it was cleaner than when I moved in with not a single item left behind, and they used this an excuse to rip off my over one thousand dollar security deposit. I should have sued. I wish I had. If I wasn't so busy with work at the time I would have.

Bottom line... move along, you don't want to live in Lakeside Apartments, or any building managed by AIMCO.

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Do you see the one star? That's being generous to this horrifically awful apartment complex. I would give them NEGATIVE 5 stars were it possible. And it dawned on me over the course of the year I existed (can't call it living) there that the REAL problems come from AIMCO, the parent company that manages -if you can call it that- this complex.

First, the staff are not only discourteous and disrespectful, they are outright liars and cheats. They operate like a sleazy rip-off used car lot, all smiles and friendly, telling you whatever they think you want to hear, until they get your lease signed and deposit your check. I'll give you an example; I went there and looked at a unit, and it was deplorable. The carpets looked like they had been vomited, urinated and defecated on for 5 years without a cleaning. The walls weren't much better, and were unskillfully patched in many places. Everything had an aspect of cheapness and low quality. I said so. The liar showing it to me assured me that it was an older unit slated for remodeling, and that the last tenant had just moved out and they hadn't had time to clean it up yet, and she was only showing it to me to give me an idea of the floor plan, as no vacant units were available. But she assured me that by the move in date there would be several units open, recently remodeled and pristine. For me the location was near to work, I was working a lot of hours and just didn't have a lot of time to shop around, and I took her at her word. So we discussed the price, I signed a lease, wrote a check and started packing. Two weeks later I arrived in a rental truck with my stuff, went to the office to get the key, and was taken to the exact same unit, in the exact same condition. I told them there was a mistake. They said no, no mistake. I told them it was unacceptable. They said they had my deposit and a signed lease, that's all that was available. I was in a bind, it was late on a Saturday, so I let them get away with it.

Since that day, I got nothing but attitude (they treat the tenants like cattle).

The manager had the gall to call me to the office about a month into the lease saying that the one month security deposit was a mistake and they needed another half month additional. I told them that even if they hadn't defrauded me the way they did I would never agree to that. She got nasty and threatened to evict me and keep my deposit. I told her she could discuss it with my lawyer. She said an AIMCO lawyer would contact me to begin eviction, I told her that would be preferable and walked out. I never heard back about that issue. That did however begin a series of snipes from the management.

After I was there maybe 4 or 5 months, all of a sudden I started getting notices shoved under my door that I had to get a parking sticker for my vehicle (even though the lot that I parked in was -never- more than half full, and no cars there had stickers), and the office never had any to issue (in fact most employees there looked puzzled the two or three times I stopped by to get one, like they never even heard of parking stickers). So soon I started getting tow stickers stuck to my windshield every other day or so. I just tore them off and drove to work. Childish and idiotic.

In the winter when it snowed, only about half the place would get plowed and salted, making the hill I had to drive up and down to park in front of my unit impossible to safely navigate. So, in the worst weather, I had to park half a block away. Requests for adequate snow removal were met with sneers, eye rolls and I was even laughed at.

These are just a few examples, there was so much more .

And finally, when that lease expired, and a cheerful employee knocked on my door with a big smile and a lease renewal, I almost went hysterical. Needless to say there was no renewal. They did however lie like the cheating scum they are and claim I left the apartment filthy and strewn with garbage, when in fact it was cleaner than when I moved in with not a single item left behind, and they used this an excuse to rip off my over one thousand dollar security deposit. I should have sued. I wish I had. If I wasn't so busy with work at the time I would have.

Bottom line... move along, you don't want to live in Lakeside Apartments, or any building managed by AIMCO.

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I lived at Lakeside for 3 years. I moved into a 3rd floor apartment because I always hated hearing people walk above me at my previous first floor apartment. Well you would think this is a good solution but raccoons lived in the attic above my apartment and they were far worse than any upstairs neighbor. Even with daily complaints from me and others management took its time to fix the problem.

After the raccoon problem was taken care of, there was also the problem of the apartment building being infested with fruit flies and silverfish. The fruit flies can get so numerous and surround you anytime you eat something. Also when you use a computer or watch TV they are always a couple flying in front of you. Only when I complained would Lakeside would send someone to spray and maybe for a week that would help but then the fruit flies would all be back again. I kept the place really clean too with no dishes in the sink, the floors washed, etc. They were all over the building (and still are) so even if you keep your place clean that doesn't mean other tenants will do the same.

Also, there is no lake lol and this place is far from peaceful. Just about every day fire trucks are being called thanks to a very sensitive fire alarm system that goes off whenever you grill outdoors with the windows open or do a lot of cooking on the stove. The fireplace was a waste of space as it didn't even work since there isn't any cross breeze in the apartment. If you light it, all that happens is the apartment fills with smoke and the fire department pays you a visit after your building is evacuated.

But all of that is nothing compared to how much they rip you off with your rent and utilities. My rent went up 58% in 3 years and they wanted over $1200 for my apartment after doing some minor remodeling. No way and now I own a bigger place which has a lower mortgage then rent at Lakeside. Isn't that supposed to be the other way around?

The utilities are another surprise. I didn't realize how much they charged for gas (well over $100 per month in the winter), garbage ($10 every month), and their other service charges ($21.00 service charge to pay the common utilities and another $5 service charge) plus your water/sewer bill of around $30 every month! My toilet didn't even flush right either plus it leaked and ruined my bathroom carpet set.

Also Lakeside buys gas from the gas company so your gas heat is billed through Lakeside and not the gas company. So obviously you are paying more than you would be plus you can't go on any budget plans to play your gas bill year round to save money like you can with the gas company.

Heat in the winter is very expensive especially since there is really no insulation at all in the building. If it's cold outside you can expect it to be just as cold inside if you don't have your heat cranked up and constantly on. It also stays very hot there in the summer. Even if it is 60 at night it will still be over 80 in the apartment. No cross ventilation means it never cools down.

Other problems I had include my car being vandalized in the parking lot by kids who lived there for $1,000 of damage, wrecked and burned out cars in the back parking lot, drivers speeding through the parking lot, very loud neighbors, and just a general feeling of not being safe. Now they have upgraded the buildings to be more secure which was good but at least once a week I still awoke to neighbors at 2am ringing my doorbell to let them back into the building.

Also when you move out expect not to get your security deposit back. I got a letter showing they had overcharged me for utilities and other stuff and were keeping my deposit plus I owed them some money too which they were going to report to collections in 3 days unless I paid it. How ridiculous!

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I lived at Lakeside for 3 years. I moved into a 3rd floor apartment because I always hated hearing people walk above me at my previous first floor apartment. Well you would think this is a good solution but raccoons lived in the attic above my apartment and they were far worse than any upstairs neighbor. Even with daily complaints from me and others management took its time to fix the problem.

After the raccoon problem was taken care of, there was also the problem of the apartment building being infested with fruit flies and silverfish. The fruit flies can get so numerous and surround you anytime you eat something. Also when you use a computer or watch TV they are always a couple flying in front of you. Only when I complained would Lakeside would send someone to spray and maybe for a week that would help but then the fruit flies would all be back again. I kept the place really clean too with no dishes in the sink, the floors washed, etc. They were all over the building (and still are) so even if you keep your place clean that doesn't mean other tenants will do the same.

Also, there is no lake lol and this place is far from peaceful. Just about every day fire trucks are being called thanks to a very sensitive fire alarm system that goes off whenever you grill outdoors with the windows open or do a lot of cooking on the stove. The fireplace was a waste of space as it didn't even work since there isn't any cross breeze in the apartment. If you light it, all that happens is the apartment fills with smoke and the fire department pays you a visit after your building is evacuated.

But all of that is nothing compared to how much they rip you off with your rent and utilities. My rent went up 58% in 3 years and they wanted over $1200 for my apartment after doing some minor remodeling. No way and now I own a bigger place which has a lower mortgage then rent at Lakeside. Isn't that supposed to be the other way around?

The utilities are another surprise. I didn't realize how much they charged for gas (well over $100 per month in the winter), garbage ($10 every month), and their other service charges ($21.00 service charge to pay the common utilities and another $5 service charge) plus your water/sewer bill of around $30 every month! My toilet didn't even flush right either plus it leaked and ruined my bathroom carpet set.

Also Lakeside buys gas from the gas company so your gas heat is billed through Lakeside and not the gas company. So obviously you are paying more than you would be plus you can't go on any budget plans to play your gas bill year round to save money like you can with the gas company.

Heat in the winter is very expensive especially since there is really no insulation at all in the building. If it's cold outside you can expect it to be just as cold inside if you don't have your heat cranked up and constantly on. It also stays very hot there in the summer. Even if it is 60 at night it will still be over 80 in the apartment. No cross ventilation means it never cools down.

Other problems I had include my car being vandalized in the parking lot by kids who lived there for $1,000 of damage, wrecked and burned out cars in the back parking lot, drivers speeding through the parking lot, very loud neighbors, and just a general feeling of not being safe. Now they have upgraded the buildings to be more secure which was good but at least once a week I still awoke to neighbors at 2am ringing my doorbell to let them back into the building.

Also when you move out expect not to get your security deposit back. I got a letter showing they had overcharged me for utilities and other stuff and were keeping my deposit plus I owed them some money too which they were going to report to collections in 3 days unless I paid it. How ridiculous!

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Terrible, awful, I can't say anything good. I was even locked out during some renovations. I have a leaky rook still after 3 months with weekly complaints. I was locked out after getting new buzzer system with no notification. I had to buy a hotel room because it was too late to ring a neighbor. I was claimed to have not payed my rent. I had a cashed check, but still received a court notice - WHAT?! unbelievable. The management does not know what they are doing. I have never had this man problems. I HATE living here.

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Terrible, awful, I can't say anything good. I was even locked out during some renovations. I have a leaky rook still after 3 months with weekly complaints. I was locked out after getting new buzzer system with no notification. I had to buy a hotel room because it was too late to ring a neighbor. I was claimed to have not payed my rent. I had a cashed check, but still received a court notice - WHAT?! unbelievable. The management does not know what they are doing. I have never had this man problems. I HATE living here.

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