Apartment review sites have been buzzing lately about Camden Vanderbilt’s inability to secure their property.
Residents have growing concerns about the numerous apartment break-ins and vehicle burglaries. Many residents have had their doors kicked in and others have had their vehicles left on blocks.
One resident pointed out that the screws used in the deadbolts are half inch screws instead of the recommended three inch screws. Management responded with the usual “we understand your frustrations” and then quickly put the blame back on the residents rather than take any responsibility for their property.
“We cannot prevent crime and we cannot supply you with a crime free environment.” said Cindy Dahl, Community Manager “We supply everyone with an intrusion alarm in every unit. It is up to our customer should they choose to use the alarm system.”
This is a very typical response from this manager. She never takes responsibility for anything negative on the property and always finds a way to push the blame.
An alarm system does not prevent someone from kicking in your door. It just makes it the last door they kick in before they take off. So by activating your alarm, you’re possibly keeping your neighbor from having their door kicked in.
My only advice for the current residents, of what I consider the most poorly managed property in Houston, would be to hold Camden accountable and fight for the security and safety that you deserve.
Apparently, Camden Vanderbilt collects over $1 million in rent each month. As one reviewer commented, they need to reinvest some of that money into the safety and security of their residents.
In typical Camden Vanderbilt fashion, when there is a problem, instead of fixing it professionally they choose to take the easy way out and just skate around it.
Camden Vanderbilt has consistently, over the past two years, received awful reviews online from former and current residents. Their recommendation percentage had fallen to as low as 29%.
Instead of saying “what can we do to improve our customer satisfaction?,” they chose to take an easier route and just skew the rankings. In two weeks, 30 people have posted positive reviews, all anonymously.
Let’s think for a moment about the review sites and why someone would actually post a review. Most of the time it’s going to be for one of two reasons. Either they had an awful experience and want to make their issue known. Or, they had an extremely positive experience and want to show their gratitude. Very rarely will someone outside of these two extremes take the time to register for a review site and post a review.
Now let’s look at the most recent string of reviews (most of which oddly enough happened on one day).
On October 30, 2012, an anonymous resident posted “I think it is a nice place.” Recommended: YES
Seems like if you were going to spend the time to register for a review site, you would post something more than “I think it is a nice place.”
Also on October 30, 2012, and also from an anonymous resident, “There are a few occurrences where tires were stolen off vehicles in the parking lot. Didn’t seem to have much impact on management.” Recommended: YES
Doesn’t it strike you as odd that they took the time to register for the review site, posted a negative comment, but still recommended the property? Again, if you are legitimately posting a review, it’s more than likely because you’ve had a positive or negative experience. Very rarely would someone neutral take the time to post a review without some sort of incentive.
Also on October 30, 2012, and also from an anonymous resident, “Great community!” Recommended: YES
It seems like if this was such a “great community” you would have some reason behind the comment. The reviewer couldn’t share one reason why the place is great, but still took the time to post a review.
So what is it Camden? Are you giving a discount on rent for people that recommend you? Or are you fooling people into filling out ”internal surveys” that then get put onto the review sites as “verified residents?” You succeeded in boosting your recommendation rating from 29% to 54%, but don’t think that I’m going to let that fool innocent people that may be considering moving to your property.
I created www.camdenvanderbiltsucks.com for a reason. That is to keep people from getting completely hosed like we did. I will not let you get away with your sneaky tactics.
Posting fake reviews and giving incentives for people to post bogus reviews might work for you to boost your numbers, but I WILL make sure that people know the truth.
The website continues to grow and I continue to get emails from people who were taken for a ride by Camden. They’re helping to get the truth out and I will continue to do the same.
Camden Vanderbilt’s security is an absolute joke. They claim to have surveillance cameras, and they may, but they do not work. I get complaints on my website, www.camdenvanderbiltsucks.com, constantly about vehicles getting their wheels stolen from the Camden property. There is something seriously sketchy about this.
First off, if this happens more than once, Camden has fundamentally failed their residents by not providing proper security. When it happens consistently, this is a sign that Camden simply does not care.
If someone is stealing tires, they should not be able to exit the property without being seen by surveillance cameras. To leave the property, they either have to exit one of the gates or jump a fairly tall fence. I can’t imagine going over the fence with four tires would be a quick or easy task, so I’m assuming they are using the gate.
Common sense would tell you to look at the video and see which cars came in and out that are not residents. My first guess would be a truck since you can’t exactly throw four tires into the trunk of a car. But this would make way too much sense and Camden’s manager is too busy planning pool parties and yoga classes.
The second main issue is the on-going gate issues that Camden has had for the past several years. Why are the gates always broken? The gate at my current residence has been broken once in the past year and a half and was fixed within the day. Why does Camden have so much trouble keeping their gates functioning properly?
The bottom line is that Camden Vanderbilt simply sucks. The management is worthless and does not care about the residence. They have built a business based on turnover. They know that new residents are more willing to overlook the little things because they are still excited about their new apartment with the beautiful lakes. Once the newness wears off and they start to see the troubling side of Camden, management wants nothing to do with them and will raise their rent to push them out.
Don’t be fooled by the lakes and the smiling faces at Camden. The good is short-lived and you will very soon come to regret your decision to sign that lease.
United Breaks Guitars is a video that has been seen by almost 12 million people and was made because Dave Carroll was given the run-around by United Airlines after they broke his guitar. After almost a year of giving United a chance to do the right thing and pay for the damage they caused, Dave had enough.
My story with Camden is exactly the same. Camden has been giving us the run-around for over a year now about maintenance issues in our apartment. It took 10 months and several calls to Camden corporate to get the Camden Vanderbilt manager, Cindy Dahl, to acknowlege our foundation issues that we had reported four times.
Despite acknowleging the issue and making insincere apologies, nothing has been done to correct the issues with our apartment. I’ve contacted corporate to let them know that the property manager is not doing a good job, giving them the opportunity to correct the problem, but still nothing.
Now it’s time to teach them a lesson like Dave Carroll did to United. So my goal is to tell the world (starting with Houston) how bad Camden is and keep as many people as I can from making the mistake that we made….signing a lease with Camden.
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