|By almightydew on August 5, 2014 - See all my reviews|
|Reading these reviews and having lived at Arista for a year and a half, there certainly seems to be something fishy going on. My career has brought me to live in five different cities over the last ten years, and I always stayed in apartments. Arista was by far the worst experience. These reviews even mention the tile floors everywhere as if it's a positive. It's most definitely a negative. |
For starters, the tiles aren't laid correctly, so if you walk around your place barefoot you're bound to get a quick jab in the foot from one of the raised corners. More importantly on the tile though is the fact that there is tile EVERYWHERE, meaning all floors of all apartments. Can you guess what that means for sound insulation? It means there isn't any. And while we're on the issue of noise, what kind of management team tells another tenant that it would be okay for them to use a full drum set in an apartment complex? The kind at Arista, that's what kind.
Next comes the issue of maintenance. I see in these reviews people raving about the maintenance at Arista which is totally baffling to me. After several written requests to have my air filter changed over several months, I asked where they got their air filters since I was planning on just buying one myself and it's a non-standard size. They wouldn't tell me. Also on the maintenance side, there were a couple pieces of loose wood left over from the construction on the roof over my door that I asked about getting removed every month when I paid my rent. After a year and a half, it never got taken care of. That wood is still there a year later, which is just a lawsuit waiting to happen when it falls on someone. Took them three months to clean out on clogged dryer vent which is most certainly a fire hazard. When I first moved in, I had to get them to come install a door stop in the door jamb of my outside storage room because otherwise you could open it even when it was locked. Pest control is a joke. Your kitchen ceiling light will get filled with crickets, and if you're gone on a vacation be prepared to come back and vacuum up all the dead crickets and beetles in your place.
Now on to how they run the place. The owner of the place, Bill Davis, is notorious for letting his Texarkana properties go Section 8 which means HUD housing assistance. They also do some very sketchy business tactics. They tried to hold a large portion of my security deposit back when I moved out as a "cleaning fee" which has a couple major things wrong with it. One, I cleaned the place thoroughly before I left, as verified by Arista's own cleaning personnel. And two, holding back security deposits for cleaning expenses is not legal in Texas. Rent is supposed to cover those sorts of standard maintenance issues. Security deposits are for covering liability against major repairs like leaving a hole in the drywall or breaking a washing machine. I had to print out the Texas Housing Code and highlight the parts clarifying how much they would owe me if I ended up having to take it to the court system (it's a lot) just to get my measly 300 bucks back.
100% keep away from this place. They look nice from afar, but once you get in them you see how poor they really are.