Slumming it in West Buckhead

Atlanta’s inflation rose in October 2021 by an even higher 7.9% from a year ago, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of 2022 it has risen again by 1.9%. Imagine living downtown Atlanta, in the West Buckhead area paying upward to $1,700 in rent only to find out that your home is infested with bugs due to negligence on behalf of the property management.

The 743 @ Howell Mill Apartments, formerly the Arbors at Berkeley, has seen better days. Once a great property for college students, creatives and singles alike; it is now riddled with health code violations, bugs and black mold due to lack of proper maintenance over the course of three years containing five management changes. The pandemic only added to this mayhem by creating no touch solutions which ultimately automated maintenance requests and rental payments – while seeming like an achievement on paper – allowed management to go unchecked behind the veil COVID-19 provided them with. For months there was no one in the leasing office available for basic assistance or even address increasing rent prices without any attention given towards improving living conditions within that building complex.

Recently, one of our tenants shared a shocking discovery as a certified health cleaning agent. While cleaning his apartment, he stumbled across black mold spores and even more disturbingly found a roach nest behind his kitchen sink after countless requests for the leak to be fixed had been submitted eight times to three different management companies. When the tenant was able to speak with an agent from Friedlam LLC – the current management company – they agreed to transfer him into another apartment with an increased rent of $400 despite having lived on the property for nine years. This is yet another example of how we prioritize our tenants’ wellbeing and comfort above all else at Friedlam LLC!

Imagine paying upwards to $1,700 a month fighting roaches and suffering from respiratory issues as a result of Black Mold due to negligence on management’s behalf and then being told you have to fork up and additional $400 for a piece of mind. It would seem that moving would be the solution, however the pandemic has put a lot people on a fixed budget an unexpected move may not be practical, but neither is paying an absorbent amount of money to slum it in west Buckhead.

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