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St. Laurent Towers

2.3 Star Rating
1971 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa Ontario
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Overall Rating based on 12 Reviews
2.3
2.3 Star Rating

Management
1.8 Star Rating
Heating
3 Star Rating
Cooling
2.7 Star Rating
Maintenance
2 Star Rating
Laundry
3 Star Rating
Parking
3 Star Rating
Cleanliness
2.5 Star Rating
Storage
2.7 Star Rating
Neighbourhood
3.2 Star Rating
Quietness
2.1 Star Rating
Safety
2.3 Star Rating
Hot Water
2.7 Star Rating
November 30, 2017
1.0
1 Star Rating

Management
1 Star Rating
Maintenance
1 Star Rating
Cleanliness
1 Star Rating
Reviewer says...
This apartment is infested with cockroaches. Even if you are the cleanest person in the world (a neat freak myself) you will not be spared. When we moved in there was dots of roach killer every where in the cupboards and it appears to have done nothing. We have had to kill dozens of roaches everyday since moving in. Disgusting. Anytime you cook, bathe, or sit down to eat a cockroach slithers up the wall to haunt you. My anxiety, nor my boyfriends allergies (to the cockroaches) cannot handle living here.
No sight of bed bugs, but have covered our expensive mattress with a special cover just in case. This has been the worst rental experience of my life - and its not cheap! Roaches are your roommates. The only way this might be fixed is if everyone in the building comes together at once.
The windows are useless. When it rains they fill up and overflow leaving puddles all over the apartment, make sure to keep all electronics and your belongings as far away as possible from the windows. The excuse - "Oh, its an old building, just keep towels against the windows".
Please avoid at all costs, the location and the seemingly okay price is not worth it. I cry almost everyday because of how freaked out I am by the roaches and would rather relive my experiences of the worst roommates in the world than being stuck in this miserable building for another 8 months until my lease is up.
smoking_rooms No Smoking Allowed
pets Pets Allowed
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September 01, 2017
1.0
1 Star Rating

Neighbourhood
1 Star Rating
Reviewer says...
We have lived here for almost 1 year and it has been the worst experience IN MY LIFE. COCKROACHES ARE EVERYWHERE. Before we moved in when we came to get the keys and checked the apartment out, there were dead cockroach s everywhere like a lot of them, I asked why ,they said it just the cleaning done before new tenants come in and it was not a problem. I SPECIFICALLY ASKED IF THERE WAS A COCKROACH PROBLEM IN THE BUILDING, SHE SAID NO. and now almost one year later and they are everywhere. We asked for the office to send someone to fix it more than once but how manys times before we get tired of moving all our stuff in and out and not seeing results that we stop asking.THERE WAS NO POINT IN CALLING THE OFFICE ANYMORE,THE COCKROACHES COME BACK!!!

Before signing the lease when we were looking at the apartment, the lady showing us the apartment said not to the mind the online reviews said it " was a district" review or something and it was not that building specifically, I thought it was weird at the time that she mentioned it because I wasnt looking at the reviews( MY BIGGEST MISTAKE) and I just trusted her. On top of that, oh Lord the hallway!!!our hallway always smells so so bad. I always have to run from the elvator to my door.

I don't recommend this apartment for anyone, there is a reason it is so cheap.
smoking_rooms No Smoking Allowed
pets Pets Allowed
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August 09, 2017
1.0
1 Star Rating

Management
1 Star Rating
Heating
1 Star Rating
Cooling
1 Star Rating
Maintenance
1 Star Rating
Laundry
1 Star Rating
Parking
1 Star Rating
Cleanliness
1 Star Rating
Storage
1 Star Rating
Neighbourhood
1 Star Rating
Quietness
1 Star Rating
Safety
1 Star Rating
Hot Water
1 Star Rating
Reviewer says...
Worst building you can possible live in. About the parking, first day i moved in they told me I can park at that spot, then i got a warning from the ticket guy.
Also same day as i was moving in, multiple people who lived in the building told me there are bed bugs all over the building. As i lived here for a year, there so many bed bugs i found under my bed, it was the most disgusting thing i ever seen. They costed me so much money trying to fix my things, throwing away furniture, and using the dryer every day. They did treatment in my apartment twice and still there is lots of bugs. not just bed bugs, all kinds of bugs. roaches, flies, etc.
I tell the office about it, they told me the "professional" said there were NO ACTIVITY HAHAHAHA. then she called me and my family dirty ! the whole building is the throwing away their furniture every day ! every one tells me they have bed bugs.
So i tell her we are leaving early because this problem cant be solved and caused too much trouble, then she says she will call collections to get money from us.
ITS A SCAM COMPANY. YOU WILL LOSE SO MUCH MONEY IF YOU LIVE HERE. DONT ! THEY MADE MY LIFE <removed> HELL. damn disgusting building !
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March 31, 2017
4.6
4.6 Star Rating

Management
5 Star Rating
Heating
5 Star Rating
Cooling
5 Star Rating
Maintenance
4 Star Rating
Laundry
5 Star Rating
Parking
5 Star Rating
Cleanliness
4 Star Rating
Storage
5 Star Rating
Neighbourhood
4 Star Rating
Quietness
4 Star Rating
Safety
4 Star Rating
Hot Water
5 Star Rating
Reviewer says...
I have lived in 1971 for just under a year.

My apartment was very clean and well maintained upon move in.

Office staff are very friendly.

The building manager and his wife are often seen working late and trying to clean up the building.

Maintenance requests are promptly dealt with.

Cleanliness of building and grounds are getting better in recent months.

Over all I would recommend moving here.
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December 14, 2016
2.3
2.3 Star Rating

Management
1 Star Rating
Heating
3 Star Rating
Cooling
2 Star Rating
Maintenance
2 Star Rating
Laundry
3 Star Rating
Parking
3 Star Rating
Cleanliness
3 Star Rating
Storage
2 Star Rating
Neighbourhood
4 Star Rating
Quietness
1 Star Rating
Safety
2 Star Rating
Hot Water
2 Star Rating
Reviewer says...
This place definitely is infested with cockroaches. I can't even get through a meal without having to kill 3 or 4 roaches trying to get at my meal. Management will occasionally get someone in to put poison putty around, if you constantly bug them enough, but there is never any follow up. There is no way to get any sort of regular attention to these things.

I have not experienced, or seen, any bed bugs, but I could just be lucky.

The windows are old, and horribly drafty, and they have no plans to fix them any time soon. Space heaters are needed in the winter, and fans are needed in the summer, to manage the climate that the heaters and air conditioners are supposed to manage. The AC is a joke most of the time, and is almost guaranteed to fail on those really hot days, and expect it to get shut off and switched over to heat as soon as school starts in September, even though the heat lasts until late October.

The laundry machines are relatively new, but they do not manage them, so any problems don't get addressed right away, and there are often a few that don't work.

The units have fairly new ovens and refrigerators, and they work wonderfully.

The parking is newly paved, so I have no issues there.

The hot water system is inconsistent, at best. Whenever you turn on the tap, you never know what temperature the hot water will be at, and it will like fluctuate while you are using it. Every time they shut down the water to work on the pipes, prepare to re-learn the tap settings all over again.

The unit I live in frequently smells of cigarette smoke, even though I don't smoke. The doors and windows are drafty, so any outside smells get into the units easily.

Security here is a joke, too. Anyone off the street can just walk in. All you have to do is wait until someone comes or goes, and just walk in. Delivery people almost never have to call to get buzzed in, they just show up at your door knocking.

Pets are definitely allowed here. Hardly a day goes by without having to listen to the sounds of dogs trying to kill each other in the hallways.

Having said all that, I would definitely not recommend this apartment to anyone. Look elsewhere, and run away as fast as you can. This place is an absolute dive, and getting Management to respond to complaints and problems is difficult. Most problems will be patched over as quickly and cheaply as possible. Units are not cleaned between tenants, they are merely painted again and again, as evidenced by the 5 mm of paint on every surface, including hinges and switches.
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