This apartment complex was bought out by a different company, and pretty much everything is changing. It has a new name, they will be doing a lot of renovations and improvements. They’ve already started redoing the roofs and removing trees (because of the rats), tearing up the pool area for new additions, new pest control company, and more coming. The previous owners just didn’t have the money to keep this place going so it has been run down for quite some time. I have lived at this complex for 4 years now. The main reason I moved here and have stayed here as long as I have is because all utilities are included. This is Arizona, where it’s hot and air conditioning is needed most of the year. Today I found out that they’re going to start charging for utilities. I still have 6 months left on my lease because I had to renew it to transfer to this building. The rent is high enough as it is, and if they are going to charge for utilities on top of that, I won’t be able to stay. I don’t know where I’m going to go because this place was the cheapest. I already went through moving to this building from the old one where there were nothing but problems they wouldn’t fix. The office staff told me they wouldn’t know what the new rental prices will be until April. They aren’t able to tell me that now. They also said there would be a tax on rent (there wasn’t before because this place was owned by a religious organization) and renter’s insurance would be mandatory. The reason I don’t think they should charge separate for utilities is that management is in charge of when heat and air conditioning is turned on. It’s basically an HVAC system that blows hot or cold air. You can’t have heat and air conditioning at the same time. If residents don’t really have control over it, they shouldn’t charge extra. They seem to shut the water off a lot for repairs too.
I will start looking online for other places. If they can’t give me a rental price until April, that would only give me 4 months to find another place and move. I know they’re trying to improve this place, but too much change might drive people away. Some people are already moving out because of the costs of rent as it is now.