“…they sent in a cleaning crew on the last day of our lease, without notifying us, and threw away almost 2K worth of stuff.”
“We had to wash our dishes in a bucket for 70 days!!”
They bust into your apartment with no warning. They sell you a house resembling the one in American Horror Story, Season 1, and charge you $800 a month, utilities not included. They are masters of “fine print” on leases who ride your bike when you’re not home, the slumlords of Allston who use your rent money for everything but fixing the broken shit in your house, chill with bed bugs, and take two weeks to fix the heat … in subzero temperatures.
These, my friends, are landlords.
But amongst the throngs of money-grubbing dinguses, there are good ones—no REALLY, we swear. This is why we’ve teamed up with local startup/user-generated website bostonlandlordreviews.com—to help you sift through the good, the bad, and the ugly, and to make apt-hunting this year less hellish.
Feel free to submit your brutal stories as well!
“they threw away almost 2K worth of our stuff”
“Worst living situation ever, the only good thing (if you can call it that) is they usually have availability in one of their buildings and rent to anyone (including those not legally allowed to rent in the US according to some yelp reviews). Their maintenance crew takes forever to respond, and when they do come, expect it to be at the most asinine times possible ie Sunday morning at 8AM. Their phone staff is rude and unhelpful, whenever you call for inquiries they always make it seem that you’re interrupting something more important they were doing, and the answer is usually “i don’t know.” and here’s the coup de gra, when we were moving out last year, they sent in a cleaning crew on the last day of our lease, without notifying us, and threw away almost 2K worth of stuff without checking with us or anything. and this was stuff that was OBVIOUSLY still wanted ie think electric toothbrush, Prada toiletry bag, very nice shaving handle and kit, we’re not talking stuff that would’ve even been questionable like a bottle of ketchup or something. Unless you have no other choice, stay the hell away.”
“The security guys at the front are the nicest people i”ve ever met. The whole complex is very loud on the weekends as most of the people living here are students. They also take a long time to fix things..like my screen window”
Address: Franklin Street, Allston, Ma 02134
Landlord/Realtor: Mark Pyne
Total Monthly Rent: N/A
Things we think you should be aware of:
“If you are going to pull muscle on me I’m going to pull muscle on you.”
“The landlord is only interested in picking up the rent. At times he would show up at 6 am the day the rent was due and demand the rent like you haven’t paid it in months. We had to take him to court because he refused to fix the sink and other things. We had to wash our dishes in a bucket for 70 days!! We even brought in the health department who told him that he is required to bring the apartment up to code and his answer to us was an eviction notice. When we decided to withhold rent his actually words where, ‘If you are going to pull muscle on me I’m going to pull muscle on you.’ He expects the tenants to fix things that are his responsibilities and he thinks that it’s the tenants responsibility to remove the snow. When he is not happy with your responses he has the habit of texting you at least 30 times a day. I’ve never seen an adult male stick his finger to a females eye and start barking orders. This man should not be a landlord.”
Boston Landlord Reviews Pro Tip:
If you’re planning on living with a roommate(s) make sure you go out with them when you’re out looking for apartments. Apartments in Boston go fast and realtors/landlords will not take you as serious as a potential tenant if you come alone to a 3-bed showing. If your roommate(s) can’t come with you make sure you take pictures, measurements and notes for them.