August 2, 2011 7:14 PM Subscribe
I'm looking to rent a studio or one bedroom apartment in Arlington, Virginia within walking distance of the Courthouse or Clarendon Metro stations. After a week or so of pretty intense searching (dozens of calls, two days spent wandering around) I finally found and visited a place in my price range (under $1250) a 10 minute walk from Courthouse. Unfortunately online reviews (20 or so) are largely (80%) negative and frequently mention roaches and bedbugs. How do I decide whether I can look past this or not? How do I broach the topic with the management?
posted by elektrotechnicus to Home & Garden (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
There are several buildings under the same name, is it possible the problem is confined to only a few? Do any government agencies record complaints about this sort of thing?
Would it be reasonable to ask for a clause in the lease allowing me to terminate early if a third party (chosen ahead of time) determines there is an infestation? Will that sort of legalistic approach immediately kill my chances of getting accepted as a tenant?
Are these the sorts of problems a building can realistically overcome? Is my wishful thinking that these reviews are posted by spiteful competing landlords at all plausible?