Shea Properties DO NOT MOVE HERE!! Shady Company!!!

Los Angeles, California 0 comments
Not resolved

In the 3.5 years, we had nothing but complaints with the management staff.Furthermore, when it came to renew the lease back in 2011, we received a letter from the office in May stating that we needed to make a decision by July 25th if we wanted to get the discount rent.

However, on June 18th, we received another letter that said that the office made an error and we have until June 25th to make a decision when we already had a letter stating that it would be on July 25th. Management said that they wouldn't accept the first letter and put pressure on us to make a decision in a week's time when we thought we had another month. By the way this company is ran, I'd imagine these people are trained to be shady. Shea Properties and their practices are shady in nature.

I have no problem putting Shea on blast for all they wrong they do to their tenants.

This will continue to do so until our matter is resolved....

Review about: City Lights Apartments.

Shea Properties/City Lights DO NOT MOVE HERE! RIP OFF/SCAMMERS

Los Angeles, California 13 comments
Not resolved

Shea Properties/City Lights Apartments:

This place is a complete scam. They will tell you what you want to hear

just to get you to move in. Once you do move in, management is extremely

rude, unfriendly, and not willing to help resolve any issue at hand. They completely disregard you. Shea Properties and their management team are a bunch of liars and thieves. I will give you a break down of how they do this.

When we moved in 3 1/2 years ago, the Security deposit was only $199. They agent who leased this to us (Joe) said that was the deposit and any deductions would be made from that $199 upon move out. I asked if there would be more out of pocket expense...he said NO! Guess what, we moved out and we got an additional bill for $275. The agent we spoke with at City Lights (Jesse Haxton) said that ALL of their agents say that. I found it strange that he admitted that all their agents say this. What happened about honesty and integrity? They are trying to charge us for normal wear and tear. Under CA state law, the apartment MUST be painted after 2 years anyway. They are trying to charge us for painting an accent wall even though they legally have to paint anyway. They also are trying to charge us for carpet replacement when the Pre Inspection walk thru did not mention this in the least. Jesse told us that once the Repair man ACTUALLY inspects it in person is when they determine if it needs replacing. I found this convenient that "it needed replacing" after we already turned in the keys.

When you pay rent, is the rent always the same no matter how many days are in the month?? Of course it is. Now, when we went to move out, we gave our 30-Day notice. We moved out in February. Management for Shea stated that since there are 29 days in February this year, they will divide the number of days by that particular number opposed to the standard 30. So they ripped an additional $56 dollars there.

When they were showing a potential tenant the outside our our unit, WE invited them in to see it for themselves. They agent just stood there. I pretty much helped lease this place for them. Did we get any gratuity from Shea or City Lights?? Of course not...just a bill for $275.

This place is a complete scam. They will tell you what you want to hear just to get you to move in. Once you do move in, management is extremely rude, unfriendly, and not willing to help resolve any issue at hand. They completely disregard you. I will further my efforts and post this across any complaint board. I know they are a large company, and my complaint probably doesn't mean much...the only thing I can hope for is that they do, in fact, lose clients to another management company.

Review about: Apartments.

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Anonymous
#569276

Hey guys, not only is Shea CRAPOLA to their tenants, they are racist, sexist and bigoted to their employees.I had the extreme displeasure of working for these idiots and let me tell you: They are DIED IN THE WOOL DINOSAURS.

Fossilized in the Fifties, the women are very much from another era. The men, particularly, one who got his job through nepotism (married to the company, FORREST WILDER) flirts with the Asian girls on Accounting Row. Of COURSE he gets away with it! DICKWAD sexist behavior behavior is nearly a prerequisite to employment there.

Their General Counsel, JULIE GUIZAN is an ELITIST to the highest degree.The company may have "storied past." But the present and future story is a sad one of greed/self-import and decay.

Anonymous
#532647

Shea is ripping me off as well, I was evicted from the apt complex because I was making "too much noise" (like my neighbors didnt ever make any....) now they are extorting money out of me...Ill see you in court shea.....

Anonymous
#487757

Of course, after several calls, messages, and email attempts, this "Mark Brubaker" has failed to call me or email me back.Again, this just shows how shady Shea Properties is.

Since he will not reply or try to resolve this issue, I suppose I will have to go the route with my Real Estate Attorney.I didn't want to go this route, however, I am sure this will be a slam dunk...especially after I prove the two letters that were sent to me on the renewal of my lease...

Anonymous
#487753

Of course, after several calls, messages, and email attempts, this "Mark Brubaker" has failed to call me or email me back.Again, this just shows how shady Shea Properties is.

Since he will not reply or try to resolve this issue, I suppose I will have to go the route with my Real Estate Attorney.I didn't want to go this route, however, I am sure this will be a slam dunk...especially after I prove the two letters that were sent to me on the renewal of my lease...

Anonymous
#475219

Again, we truly apologize that you feel you have been treated unfairly.We would like to sit down and discuss your issues further.

Please contact Mark Brubaker, Shea Apartment Communities Regional Manager, to further assist you in resolving this matter.He can be reached through email: mark.brubaker@sheaapartments.com or phone: 949/389-7000.

dik316
#468017

In the 3.5 years, we had nothing but complaints with the management staff.Furthermore, when it came to renew the lease back in 2011, we received a letter from the office in May stating that we needed to make a decision by July 25th if we wanted to get the discount rent.

However, on June 18th, we received another note that said that the office made an error and we have until June 25th to make a decision when we already had a letter stating that it would be in July. Management said that they wouldn't accept the first letter and put pressure on us to make a decision in a week's time when we thought we had another month. Shea Properties and their practices are shady in nature. I have no problem putting Shea on blast for all they wrong they do to their tenants.

This will continue until our matter is resolved....

In reference to the pre inspection, the notice was way off and didn't give me the proper list to assist in turning the apartment back in it's original form.Again, practices that are shady in nature with Shea....STAY AWAY FROM THEM and DO NOT MOVE HERE!!!

dik316
#468016

In the 3.5 years, we had nothing but complaints with the management staff.Furthermore, when it came to renew the lease back in 2011, we received a letter from the office in May stating that we needed to make a decision by July 25th if we wanted to get the discount rent.

However, on June 18th, we received another note that said that the office made an error and we have until June 25th to make a decision when we already had a letter stating that it would be in July. Management said that they wouldn't accept the first letter and put pressure on us to make a decision in a week's time when we thought we had another month. Shea Properties and their practices are shady in nature. I have no problem putting Shea on blast for all they wrong they do to their tenants.

This will continue until our matter is resolved....

In reference to the pre inspection, the notice was way off and didn't give me the proper list to assist in turning the apartment back in it's original form.Again, practices that are shady in nature with Shea....STAY AWAY FROM THEM and DO NOT MOVE HERE!!!

Anonymous
#468012

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I work for the Shea corporate office and have been in contact with the property staff and have drafted the attached response to your concerns. I would first like to thank you for living at City Lights Apartments for 3.5 years. Being such a longtime resident, you must have enjoyed your experience at the community so I’m sorry to hear about your recent frustrations.

We take pride working for a company that supports their vision, mission and values and Honesty and Integrity are one of our core values so I’m concerned that you feel that you were misled by our associates. At move-in, a lease is presented that outlines all the rules and regulations of the community. All new residents must read and sign this lease in order to move-in to the community. Our lease clearly states that deposits will be used toward any damages that are required to remedy the condition of the apartment or a resident’s rental account. The lease does not state that the deposit will be the only balance charged for damages.

Next, our leasing team and management associates abide by the rules set forth by the company and provide our residents with the highest standards in customer service. To ensure the quality of our service for current and future residents, we conduct regular ‘secret shops’ which rate the leasing specialist’s customer service and consistency based on a set of standards determined by upper management and the property management industry.

In addition, we hire a third party company named SatisFacts Research LLC to conduct an annual customer satisfaction survey and City Lights was recently awarded a “Superior” Award by our existing residents. This is the sixth year in a row that City Lights has achieved this Superior Award and we are proud that our residents feel good enough about our property and service to rate us so highly.

Regarding your pre-move out inspection concerns, our service managers are upfront and fair. We will assess the condition of the apartment while a resident’s belongings are still in the apartment. Unfortunately we cannot always see all the repairs required during the preliminary inspection, unless something is brought to our attention. Residents are also afforded the opportunity to review the walk results prior to move out with our Service or Community Manager for a better understanding of our findings and expectations. In reference to the painting concerns, we do not typically charge for painting after two years of residency; this is the expected lifetime of the paint that was in the apartment when a resident moved in. However, if the property was altered and requires work above and beyond our paint standard (accent walls, for instance) a resident will receive charges for those excessive repairs. If a resident did not properly prepare an accent wall upon move-out, it may require additional painting, which will be charged back to the resident. Residents are responsible for returning the apartment in a condition similar to move-in, minus wear and tear. Accent walls are an exception to the standard paint expectation and are a modification that should be approved through the leasing office prior to the alteration.

Finally, we do require a 30 day notification when a resident decides to move-out. The daily rate can vary depending on which month a resident chooses to move-out. If we are pro-rating for a limited number of days in a given month, it would be automatically calculated by our software system for a daily rate, based on the monthly rent divided by the number of days in that month. This is standard practice.

We are always striving to create a long lasting relationship with our residents and stand behind our properties and the Shea Brand. If you are ever dissatisfied while you are living at one of our communities, I would recommend that you contact the Community Manager. If after you talk with the Community Manager, you are still dissatisfied, please contact our corporate offices at 949-389-7217 and our Property Administrator would be happy to assist you.

We truly appreciate your feedback and are always discussing changes to make Shea Apartment Communities a better place to live.

Anonymous
#468010

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I work for the Shea corporate office and have been in contact with the property staff and have drafted the attached response to your concerns. I would first like to thank you for living at City Lights Apartments for 3.5 years. Being such a longtime resident, you must have enjoyed your experience at the community so I’m sorry to hear about your recent frustrations.

We take pride working for a company that supports their vision, mission and values and Honesty and Integrity are one of our core values so I’m concerned that you feel that you were misled by our associates. At move-in, a lease is presented that outlines all the rules and regulations of the community. All new residents must read and sign this lease in order to move-in to the community. Our lease clearly states that deposits will be used toward any damages that are required to remedy the condition of the apartment or a resident’s rental account. The lease does not state that the deposit will be the only balance charged for damages.

Next, our leasing team and management associates abide by the rules set forth by the company and provide our residents with the highest standards in customer service. To ensure the quality of our service for current and future residents, we conduct regular ‘secret shops’ which rate the leasing specialist’s customer service and consistency based on a set of standards determined by upper management and the property management industry.

In addition, we hire a third party company named SatisFacts Research LLC to conduct an annual customer satisfaction survey and City Lights was recently awarded a “Superior” Award by our existing residents. This is the sixth year in a row that City Lights has achieved this Superior Award and we are proud that our residents feel good enough about our property and service to rate us so highly.

Regarding your pre-move out inspection concerns, our service managers are upfront and fair. We will assess the condition of the apartment while a resident’s belongings are still in the apartment. Unfortunately we cannot always see all the repairs required during the preliminary inspection, unless something is brought to our attention. Residents are also afforded the opportunity to review the walk results prior to move out with our Service or Community Manager for a better understanding of our findings and expectations. In reference to the painting concerns, we do not typically charge for painting after two years of residency; this is the expected lifetime of the paint that was in the apartment when a resident moved in. However, if the property was altered and requires work above and beyond our paint standard (accent walls, for instance) a resident will receive charges for those excessive repairs. If a resident did not properly prepare an accent wall upon move-out, it may require additional painting, which will be charged back to the resident. Residents are responsible for returning the apartment in a condition similar to move-in, minus wear and tear. Accent walls are an exception to the standard paint expectation and are a modification that should be approved through the leasing office prior to the alteration.

Finally, we do require a 30 day notification when a resident decides to move-out. The daily rate can vary depending on which month a resident chooses to move-out. If we are pro-rating for a limited number of days in a given month, it would be automatically calculated by our software system for a daily rate, based on the monthly rent divided by the number of days in that month. This is standard practice.

We are always striving to create a long lasting relationship with our residents and stand behind our properties and the Shea Brand. If you are ever dissatisfied while you are living at one of our communities, I would recommend that you contact the Community Manager. If after you talk with the Community Manager, you are still dissatisfied, please contact our corporate offices at 949-389-7217 and our Property Administrator would be happy to assist you.

We truly appreciate your feedback and are always discussing changes to make Shea Apartment Communities a better place to live.

Anonymous
#468009

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I work for the Shea corporate office and have been in contact with the property staff and have drafted the attached response to your concerns. I would first like to thank you for living at City Lights Apartments for 3.5 years. Being such a longtime resident, you must have enjoyed your experience at the community so I’m sorry to hear about your recent frustrations.

We take pride working for a company that supports their vision, mission and values and Honesty and Integrity are one of our core values so I’m concerned that you feel that you were misled by our associates. At move-in, a lease is presented that outlines all the rules and regulations of the community. All new residents must read and sign this lease in order to move-in to the community. Our lease clearly states that deposits will be used toward any damages that are required to remedy the condition of the apartment or a resident’s rental account. The lease does not state that the deposit will be the only balance charged for damages.

Next, our leasing team and management associates abide by the rules set forth by the company and provide our residents with the highest standards in customer service. To ensure the quality of our service for current and future residents, we conduct regular ‘secret shops’ which rate the leasing specialist’s customer service and consistency based on a set of standards determined by upper management and the property management industry.

In addition, we hire a third party company named SatisFacts Research LLC to conduct an annual customer satisfaction survey and City Lights was recently awarded a “Superior” Award by our existing residents. This is the sixth year in a row that City Lights has achieved this Superior Award and we are proud that our residents feel good enough about our property and service to rate us so highly.

Regarding your pre-move out inspection concerns, our service managers are upfront and fair. We will assess the condition of the apartment while a resident’s belongings are still in the apartment. Unfortunately we cannot always see all the repairs required during the preliminary inspection, unless something is brought to our attention. Residents are also afforded the opportunity to review the walk results prior to move out with our Service or Community Manager for a better understanding of our findings and expectations. In reference to the painting concerns, we do not typically charge for painting after two years of residency; this is the expected lifetime of the paint that was in the apartment when a resident moved in. However, if the property was altered and requires work above and beyond our paint standard (accent walls, for instance) a resident will receive charges for those excessive repairs. If a resident did not properly prepare an accent wall upon move-out, it may require additional painting, which will be charged back to the resident. Residents are responsible for returning the apartment in a condition similar to move-in, minus wear and tear. Accent walls are an exception to the standard paint expectation and are a modification that should be approved through the leasing office prior to the alteration.

Finally, we do require a 30 day notification when a resident decides to move-out. The daily rate can vary depending on which month a resident chooses to move-out. If we are pro-rating for a limited number of days in a given month, it would be automatically calculated by our software system for a daily rate, based on the monthly rent divided by the number of days in that month. This is standard practice.

We are always striving to create a long lasting relationship with our residents and stand behind our properties and the Shea Brand. If you are ever dissatisfied while you are living at one of our communities, I would recommend that you contact the Community Manager. If after you talk with the Community Manager, you are still dissatisfied, please contact our corporate offices at 949-389-7217 and our Property Administrator would be happy to assist you.

We truly appreciate your feedback and are always discussing changes to make Shea Apartment Communities a better place to live.

Anonymous
#468004

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I work for the Shea corporate office and have been in contact with the property staff and have drafted the attached response to your concerns. I would first like to thank you for living at City Lights Apartments for 3.5 years. Being such a longtime resident, you must have enjoyed your experience at the community so I’m sorry to hear about your recent frustrations.

We take pride working for a company that supports their vision, mission and values and Honesty and Integrity are one of our core values so I’m concerned that you feel that you were misled by our associates. At move-in, a lease is presented that outlines all the rules and regulations of the community. All new residents must read and sign this lease in order to move-in to the community. Our lease clearly states that deposits will be used toward any damages that are required to remedy the condition of the apartment or a resident’s rental account. The lease does not state that the deposit will be the only balance charged for damages.

Next, our leasing team and management associates abide by the rules set forth by the company and provide our residents with the highest standards in customer service. To ensure the quality of our service for current and future residents, we conduct regular ‘secret shops’ which rate the leasing specialist’s customer service and consistency based on a set of standards determined by upper management and the property management industry.

In addition, we hire a third party company named SatisFacts Research LLC to conduct an annual customer satisfaction survey and City Lights was recently awarded a “Superior” Award by our existing residents. This is the sixth year in a row that City Lights has achieved this Superior Award and we are proud that our residents feel good enough about our property and service to rate us so highly.

Regarding your pre-move out inspection concerns, our service managers are upfront and fair. We will assess the condition of the apartment while a resident’s belongings are still in the apartment. Unfortunately we cannot always see all the repairs required during the preliminary inspection, unless something is brought to our attention. Residents are also afforded the opportunity to review the walk results prior to move out with our Service or Community Manager for a better understanding of our findings and expectations. In reference to the painting concerns, we do not typically charge for painting after two years of residency; this is the expected lifetime of the paint that was in the apartment when a resident moved in. However, if the property was altered and requires work above and beyond our paint standard (accent walls, for instance) a resident will receive charges for those excessive repairs. If a resident did not properly prepare an accent wall upon move-out, it may require additional painting, which will be charged back to the resident. Residents are responsible for returning the apartment in a condition similar to move-in, minus wear and tear. Accent walls are an exception to the standard paint expectation and are a modification that should be approved through the leasing office prior to the alteration.

Finally, we do require a 30 day notification when a resident decides to move-out. The daily rate can vary depending on which month a resident chooses to move-out. If we are pro-rating for a limited number of days in a given month, it would be automatically calculated by our software system for a daily rate, based on the monthly rent divided by the number of days in that month. This is standard practice.

We are always striving to create a long lasting relationship with our residents and stand behind our properties and the Shea Brand. If you are ever dissatisfied while you are living at one of our communities, I would recommend that you contact the Community Manager. If after you talk with the Community Manager, you are still dissatisfied, please contact our corporate offices at 949-389-7217 and our Property Administrator would be happy to assist you.

We truly appreciate your feedback and are always discussing changes to make Shea Apartment Communities a better place to live.

Anonymous
#468001

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I work for the Shea corporate office and have been in contact with the property staff and have drafted the attached response to your concerns. I would first like to thank you for living at City Lights Apartments for 3.5 years. Being such a longtime resident, you must have enjoyed your experience at the community so I’m sorry to hear about your recent frustrations.

We take pride working for a company that supports their vision, mission and values and Honesty and Integrity are one of our core values so I’m concerned that you feel that you were misled by our associates. At move-in, a lease is presented that outlines all the rules and regulations of the community. All new residents must read and sign this lease in order to move-in to the community. Our lease clearly states that deposits will be used toward any damages that are required to remedy the condition of the apartment or a resident’s rental account. The lease does not state that the deposit will be the only balance charged for damages.

Next, our leasing team and management associates abide by the rules set forth by the company and provide our residents with the highest standards in customer service. To ensure the quality of our service for current and future residents, we conduct regular ‘secret shops’ which rate the leasing specialist’s customer service and consistency based on a set of standards determined by upper management and the property management industry.

In addition, we hire a third party company named SatisFacts Research LLC to conduct an annual customer satisfaction survey and City Lights was recently awarded a “Superior” Award by our existing residents. This is the sixth year in a row that City Lights has achieved this Superior Award and we are proud that our residents feel good enough about our property and service to rate us so highly.

Regarding your pre-move out inspection concerns, our service managers are upfront and fair. We will assess the condition of the apartment while a resident’s belongings are still in the apartment. Unfortunately we cannot always see all the repairs required during the preliminary inspection, unless something is brought to our attention. Residents are also afforded the opportunity to review the walk results prior to move out with our Service or Community Manager for a better understanding of our findings and expectations. In reference to the painting concerns, we do not typically charge for painting after two years of residency; this is the expected lifetime of the paint that was in the apartment when a resident moved in. However, if the property was altered and requires work above and beyond our paint standard (accent walls, for instance) a resident will receive charges for those excessive repairs. If a resident did not properly prepare an accent wall upon move-out, it may require additional painting, which will be charged back to the resident. Residents are responsible for returning the apartment in a condition similar to move-in, minus wear and tear. Accent walls are an exception to the standard paint expectation and are a modification that should be approved through the leasing office prior to the alteration.

Finally, we do require a 30 day notification when a resident decides to move-out. The daily rate can vary depending on which month a resident chooses to move-out. If we are pro-rating for a limited number of days in a given month, it would be automatically calculated by our software system for a daily rate, based on the monthly rent divided by the number of days in that month. This is standard practice.

We are always striving to create a long lasting relationship with our residents and stand behind our properties and the Shea Brand. If you are ever dissatisfied while you are living at one of our communities, I would recommend that you contact the Community Manager. If after you talk with the Community Manager, you are still dissatisfied, please contact our corporate offices at 949-389-7217 and our Property Administrator would be happy to assist you.

We truly appreciate your feedback and are always discussing changes to make Shea Apartment Communities a better place to live.

Anonymous
#467997

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I work for the Shea corporate office and have been in contact with the property staff and have drafted the attached response to your concerns. I would first like to thank you for living at City Lights Apartments for 3.5 years. Being such a longtime resident, you must have enjoyed your experience at the community so I’m sorry to hear about your recent frustrations.

We take pride working for a company that supports their vision, mission and values and Honesty and Integrity are one of our core values so I’m concerned that you feel that you were misled by our associates. At move-in, a lease is presented that outlines all the rules and regulations of the community. All new residents must read and sign this lease in order to move-in to the community. Our lease clearly states that deposits will be used toward any damages that are required to remedy the condition of the apartment or a resident’s rental account. The lease does not state that the deposit will be the only balance charged for damages.

Next, our leasing team and management associates abide by the rules set forth by the company and provide our residents with the highest standards in customer service. To ensure the quality of our service for current and future residents, we conduct regular ‘secret shops’ which rate the leasing specialist’s customer service and consistency based on a set of standards determined by upper management and the property management industry.

In addition, we hire a third party company named SatisFacts Research LLC to conduct an annual customer satisfaction survey and City Lights was recently awarded a “Superior” Award by our existing residents. This is the sixth year in a row that City Lights has achieved this Superior Award and we are proud that our residents feel good enough about our property and service to rate us so highly.

Regarding your pre-move out inspection concerns, our service managers are upfront and fair. We will assess the condition of the apartment while a resident’s belongings are still in the apartment. Unfortunately we cannot always see all the repairs required during the preliminary inspection, unless something is brought to our attention. Residents are also afforded the opportunity to review the walk results prior to move out with our Service or Community Manager for a better understanding of our findings and expectations. In reference to the painting concerns, we do not typically charge for painting after two years of residency; this is the expected lifetime of the paint that was in the apartment when a resident moved in. However, if the property was altered and requires work above and beyond our paint standard (accent walls, for instance) a resident will receive charges for those excessive repairs. If a resident did not properly prepare an accent wall upon move-out, it may require additional painting, which will be charged back to the resident. Residents are responsible for returning the apartment in a condition similar to move-in, minus wear and tear. Accent walls are an exception to the standard paint expectation and are a modification that should be approved through the leasing office prior to the alteration.

Finally, we do require a 30 day notification when a resident decides to move-out. The daily rate can vary depending on which month a resident chooses to move-out. If we are pro-rating for a limited number of days in a given month, it would be automatically calculated by our software system for a daily rate, based on the monthly rent divided by the number of days in that month. This is standard practice.

We are always striving to create a long lasting relationship with our residents and stand behind our properties and the Shea Brand. If you are ever dissatisfied while you are living at one of our communities, I would recommend that you contact the Community Manager. If after you talk with the Community Manager, you are still dissatisfied, please contact our corporate offices at 949-389-7217 and our Property Administrator would be happy to assist you.

We truly appreciate your feedback and are always discussing changes to make Shea Apartment Communities a better place to live.

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