Review: Penn View Suites

Review: Penn View Suites

Posted in the Altoona Forum

Jenna

Florham Park, NJ

#1 Oct 4, 2013
If you ever have to deal with the management at this place just wave the red flag right now because they will not listen to you. When my roommate and I tried to dispute part of the lease they could not have civilized conversation with us and yelled at us.

When we moved in the apartment was filthy. The carpets had black spots everywhere and so did our walls and ceilings. When a "cleaning crew" did come in they simple wiped some things with a duster and then left. We ended up having to clean the walls by ourselves and really had to push to get our carpets cleaned.
Bella

Florham Park, NJ

#2 Oct 4, 2013
This is an awful place to live!! Avoid at all costs. Its dirty. Mean people. Management is awful. For the price that I pay NOT worth it. I have discussed issues with the office and it never really worked. So glad that I found a new apartment for next year.
Parent

State College, PA

#3 Feb 28, 2014
Not a good place if you want your college student to succeed. Party place !
snc

Altoona, PA

#4 Apr 15, 2014
Absolutely terrible. They fixed nothing when we asked, Lived here for 2 years in college housing and asked for the broken window on the porch to be fixed my freshman year, now nearing the end of my sophomore year; It is still not fixed.(Anyone could just walk into our window if they wanted) The fire alarms are faulty, we had a fire because of the outdated ILLEGAL heating structures in my roommate and I's rooms. For my own safety, I wanted a fire marshall to check the fire alarms since none went off in the fire. They had said they checked the alarms upon moving in, however they lied because one of the alarms was tampered with of which they didn't catch. Scott Durbin came into my apartment screaming like a lunatic at a house of 5 college girls when I wrote a letter saying I wanted a fire marshall to check our fire alarms and accused me of threatening them. They also never replaced the fire alarm they took out in the beginning of my freshman year in our hallway until after I wrote the letter. I only just got the new fire extinguisher upstairs because by their legal obligations, it was not fulfilled until I wrote the letter. I also had a fire department associate come in to fix our chirping fire alarm that was going off for months. We had constantly complained yet it was not fixed until I had a fire department volunteer come in my house and tell Scott Durbin to do it. The Durbins also have this "payment plan" that they want you to finish paying your rent 5 months before move-out, starting monthly payment soon as you sign the lease (in the summer when you are not living there yet) They also said they would clean before move-in which was another lie because they never did both years I've lived here. They had also changed an office room into a bedroom also ILLEGALLY not following PA board of zoning laws (the room did not have a closet or heater) They are very unprofessional, rude, and money-hungry. They try to pull the wool over college's students' eyes because they do not believe you are smart enough to understand what they are doing IS WRONG. save yourself the grief...DO NOT LIVE IN WITH ANY DURBIN PROPERTY IN THE SURROUNDING AREA, WHETHER A HOUSE OR PENNVIEW SUITES. If you want to live in a safe, professionally-run apartment, DURBINS IS NOT THE WAY TO GO!
Tenant

Lancaster, PA

#5 May 1, 2014
Absolutely awful place to live. They are extremely money hungry, beyond belief. The "late fee" is outrageous!! The places are filthy. I've vacuumed my carpets but my feet are always black if I don't wear socks. They are rude people. Forget about putting in a maintenance request because they don't do anything you ask unless you constantly are at them. I cannot stress enough how rude they are. I don't recommend living there.
Pennview 200s

United States

#6 Nov 2, 2014
If you want poor internet, poor maintainence, and a lack of professionalism all in one apartment complex then Penn View Suites is the place for you, appliances break and they do a half-assed job of fixing them or don't fix them at all. They have you paying for your apartment before you are living there (which doesn't make any sense) and they charge you ridiculously for the place. Find a house to live in instead.
tennant

Altoona, PA

#7 Dec 1, 2015
Such a horrible place to live. Management is unprofessional and the properties are gross and way overpriced. I have lived here for a semester and I already can not wait to move out. There were hundreds of little ants all over the counters and kitchen and bathroom floors. The floors are so unbelievably dirty, the walls are paper thin and we can hear every step the people above us take. Over Thanksgiving break the landlord came into our unit to give an inspection, and we later received an email that accused us of having a cat because there was a scratch on the couch, and that we would be charged for having a cat and we would have to replace the furniture. Absolutely ridiculous and so not worth the money they are charging you.. DO NOT LVE HERE
Kevin Rantz

West Hempstead, NY

#8 Jun 1, 2016
Do not in any way rent From Pennview Suits Altoona, PA!!! RUN donít walk away from these Crooks!!! My son just ended his stay at one of their properties (The Peterson House), my wife and I moved him into it last August 2015. At first glance I couldnít believe anyone was going to live here (the house would have no value if sold only the property). Forget I was paying top dollar and about to leave my son at this DUMP!!! I couldnít even truly describe what I saw. My wife was physically and emotionally sick to leave her son here. She cried almost the whole way home (No exaggeration) I too was pretty emotional about this. We didnít want to make our son upset too so we kept a good face on. The house had stuff all over it and very little was from the new tenants, in the cabinets on the counters, shelves, floor closets, ectÖ.. Dirty is a nice way of putting it. My sonís room (D) had a door leading to an attic; I inspected it and found rodent droppings throughout the attic. Now for the Kicker, 6 rentals, 7 tenants $38,000 collected in rent. Water/Swear $35 pre tenant $245 a month X10 months another $2,450(for water),$85 pre car X 7 is $595(to park at your rented house) and now the security deposit of $375 per rental X6 another $2250 for a grand total of $43,295 collected from the tenants. After renting a property that was never cleaned and a true DUMP in the first place they are keeping the whole security deposit and had the GALL to send a bill of another $127 X 6 $762 to everyone on top of this. PLEASE HEED THIS WARNING!! BEWARE OF PENNVIEW SUITS!!
Farr77

Altoona, PA

#9 Jan 9, 2017
Parent wrote:
Not a good place if you want your college student to succeed. Party place !

What do you mean? Parties there get busted all the time!
nph5088

Ionia, MI

#10 Jan 21, 2017
Please do not live here. They've literally sucked money and life from me and honestly writing my experience with them would be exhausting, so just take my word for it.
R94matt

Greensburg, PA

#11 Mar 1, 2017
Awful place to live. They are straight crooks. Don't choose this place. Their management is disrespectful and no understanding that their customers are real people with real lives

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