Atlanta >Colonial Homes Apartments
love then hate... i fell in love with
these apartments at first sight. i loved the large floor plans, the vintage look and feel and the many large windows. granted, in line with this, the windows were crank style and had been painted over many times and were in poor condition and didn't seal completely, causing utility bills to be quite high. the interiors were the same rather poor condition. minimally updated / minimally kept up. the carpet was old and dirty throughout. i rented anyway and enjoyed it for a few months until winter when i turned the heat on. as soon as i did, i became VERY ill and was in the hospital ER several times with difficulty breathing. i had remembered when i rented the apartment, in signing the lease papers they also required me to sign a piece of paper that said something like i would not sue them 'if'... i asked the guy at the time what this meant and he shrugged it off saying stuff like "...there may be lead paint under all the layers of newer paint... so just don't peel the paint off the wall and eat it". i thought that was a rather odd response, but believed that was all the paper must have said and that he was telling me the whole truth.
i later remembered when he was taking me around to other units to see, some we could not go into because the 'air was being tested'. hmmmm. interesting. i didn't put this together until later as i'm unable to breathe in my own home. my 3rd time to the ER the doctor asked where i lived. i told him. he said he knew of the place and believed there might be some toxic concerns (toxic mold / asbestos / other) - - and with my continuing problems to NOT GO BACK... for me to live with someone else (immediately) until i could find somewhere else to move. my parents lived about 45 minutes away and i moved in with them. the doctor even said... do NOT go back in there, period. have someone else pack up your stuff for you. my coworkers thought i had TB. my cough was so bad, it took me a year to recover from whatever it was i had been exposed to in that apartment. my health has and my lungs have never been the same since. sad. somewhere in my files i have that piece of paper they had me sign releasing them from any liability of health problems (from exposure to their apartments). all that fine print... i'm just really curious to know what it really said, even thought it has been years. i was young, naive and stupid. please be careful, consider your health, and do your homework before leasing from this property.
i will say - when i went to the office to try to get out of my lease, initially they were resistant saying it was not possible, but when they saw how terribly sick and exhausted i was from coughing (and my communicating my discussion about their property with the ER doctor), they reluctantly but graciously allowed me to leave without penalty. i at least was grateful for that. (this was in the 90s). i moved into a brand new apartment and started my long road to recovery. i still think i'm trying to recover. sigh.
Avoid living here. The neighborhood feels unsafe. There are unpoliced communal washers and dryers. The people in the office are unfair and unhelpful. The apartments themsevles are old and generate ridiculously high power bills. These are 600-700 dollar apartments being rented out for $1000.
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