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Palmer House

2.2 Star Rating
372 Assiniboine Ave, Winnipeg Manitoba
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Overall Rating based on 4 Reviews
2.2
2.2 Star Rating

Management
2.5 Star Rating
Heating
5 Star Rating
Cooling
3 Star Rating
Maintenance
4 Star Rating
Laundry
5 Star Rating
Parking
4 Star Rating
Cleanliness
2 Star Rating
Storage
3 Star Rating
Neighbourhood
2.5 Star Rating
Quietness
3.5 Star Rating
Safety
2 Star Rating
Hot Water
5 Star Rating
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December 05, 2016
4.0
4 Star Rating

Management
4 Star Rating
Heating
5 Star Rating
Cooling
3 Star Rating
Maintenance
4 Star Rating
Laundry
5 Star Rating
Parking
4 Star Rating
Cleanliness
3 Star Rating
Storage
3 Star Rating
Neighbourhood
4 Star Rating
Quietness
4 Star Rating
Safety
4 Star Rating
Hot Water
5 Star Rating
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August 04, 2016
1.0
1 Star Rating

Neighbourhood
1 Star Rating
Reviewer says...
Place is INFESTED with cockroaches....we moved our son out 2 months after he moved in...disgusting!
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November 15, 2015
2.0
2 Star Rating

Safety
1 Star Rating
Neighbourhood
3 Star Rating
Reviewer says...
I could write a novel, but I will keep this to the point. I lived in the Palmer House from the fall of 2014 until fall of 2015 when my lease expired. I would have moved out earlier but I could not stomach convincing someone to sublet. My reasons for this will become evident in the following paragraph.

First and foremost: bugs. This building suffers from both cockroaches and bed bugs. Cockroaches are the largest problem and have forced many other tenants to move. One year in this apartment and I had my apartment sprayed 7 times. I lived on the third floor (of five floors) and would see cockroaches from time to time, though I suspect I saw fewer as I sprayed my door frame on a regular basis to discourage them from coming in. A neighbour I spoke with who lived on the main floor hadn't eaten in his apartment for two months. He kept his apartment tidy and kept no food there, yet he would still find them constantly throughout his place and even in his empty fridge.

I imagine that there are plenty of vacancies in this building right now, as many of my neighbours moved out at the same time that I did, while others were waiting for their leases to expire.

The primary cause of the infestation - despite constant spraying - is the large section of the basement reserved for storage lockers. This area has never been sprayed. The storage locks can be described as a complete disaster area, consisting of many lockers full of rubbish and abandoned belongings. When I was packing my stowed property from that room I was forced to go through everything piece by piece and repack it in carefully sealed containers. As I packed I needed to be watchful, as cockroaches were literally all around me.

Management seems completely unable or unwilling to deal with this problem. There has been no attempt to clean up the storage area, which needs to be completely emptied for there to be any chance of resolution. It must be said that this seems to be a problem with other buildings in that nook of the city, as evidenced by this article - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-housing-suites-infested-with-cockroaches-residents-say-1.3317119 - regarding the manitoba housing building directly across the street from the Palmer House.

As you can imagine, packing and unpacking your belongings away multiple times in the course of a year for the various sprayings is a pain. My apartment was sprayed 5 times for cockroaches, once for bed bugs, and on one occasion for both. On one occasion the caretaker forgot to have my suite sprayed and I had to wait an additional four days for Poulin's to come back and treat.

Why the basement hasn't been dealt with, I cannot say. I will say that the additional cost of spraying (without results) has been passed on to tenants in the way of rent increases. Before I moved my $800 per month one bedroom had it's rent raised $90, due in part to the burden of having the building sprayed. One of my neighbours remarked that he had seen similar increases in the prior three years that he had lived there.


In terms of safety, the front door can be opened with a 3-digit code that has been shared widely, in many cases with people who did not live there.

Cleaning in the hallways was infrequent. The carpet in the hallway hadn't been vacuumed for at least six weeks before my moving day. The stairwells desperately needed to be repainted, which the caretaker said would be done soon when I initially viewed the apartment. A year later this had not been done so the stairwells are still filthy and smeared with who knows what.

The building is managed by Akman Property Management, and I found them to be s aloof. When I went to apply for the first suite in this building that I had seen I was told by the office that it was not available. Anyone who you may need to speak to other than the receptionist is difficult to get a hold of and rarely responds to messages left on voice mail. When I received my damage deposit a few weeks after leaving they refunded me only some of my deposit, as they had not noted that there was a second invoice stating the full amount of what I had put down. Once they found this invoice they did send a second cheque for the remainder of what I was owed.

I hope I have convinced you. Palmer House is poorly run by a company that did not seem to have the will to address it.
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July 02, 2011
1.6
1.6 Star Rating

Management
1 Star Rating
Quietness
3 Star Rating
Neighbourhood
2 Star Rating
Cleanliness
1 Star Rating
Safety
1 Star Rating
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