Chicago >Parliament Enterprises Ltd
“Not with the amenities I wanted, but a great location and price.”
“The staff is rude and uncouth and not helpful at all.”
“Not with the amenities I wanted, but a great location and price.”
George and the office manager are the most rude people I've ever had to work with. They claimed to mail off the rent check on the 45th date of the 45 day dead line and then 2 weeks after they sent it I still didn't have it. George made excuses the entire time while trying to remedy the situation and he ended up hanging up on me twice.
This is the worst group I have ever rented from and would rather be homeless than have to deal with these incompetent fools.
Maintance great / offcie staff no so great. As a tenant of parliament, I was very pleased on the condition of the apartment I was renting. Although the building isn't in top shape, it looks great for having a maintainance staff consisting of one person maintaining approximately 70 to 80 apartments. The maintainance is awesome and attentive. I can't say the same about the office staff however, they were rude and would hurry me off the phone. They were unwilling to listen to my valid complaints dismissing it with a "we will take care of it" attitude and never did anything to solve the issue. The maintainance person Andy has his personal home phone available and he gave me the attention that the office staff wouldn't. Whenever I needed something I would call his home first because he was professional and would listen to what I had to say then do what he could to help. I would call the office as a last resort because I didnt want to deal with the rudeness and lack of professionalism. The parking situation was terrible and they would tow your car at the blink of an eye. When my car was towed "Andy" went above and beyond to help by giving me a ride to get my car at 10pm although he didnt have to. The paint job wasnt so great, my door wouldnt close from so many layers of paint but of course the maintainance fixed that.. Other than that I was happy there. The location is GREAT because the lakefront is there, also lots of clubs and restaurants around and there is so many things to do.
Avoid Parliament at all Costs!!!.
After reading all the reviews here I had to put my two cents in as well. Parliament is HORRIBLE. If I could give this disgusting company a negative star, I would!
Like others, I got some horrible leaks in my apartment after it rained. Its been two weeks and nobody has come to fix them despite the fact I call them EVERY day. EVERY day I speak to the same woman who assures me it will get fixed because its "in their budget this year". In their budget!? There are cracks all over the apartment, and the best part is that the leaks happened last year (the people I am subletting from finally told me this) and all they did was paint over it! The whole apartment is just a mess.
Now, granted the supers are very nice people, but they can only fix small things like a leaking toliet, not a roof problem.
I had read all these reviews about Parliament but my sublessors acted like they were amazing and fixed any problem they had over the past few years so I decided to dismiss all the negative reviews.
Do not make the same mistake as me!!!
Be prepared to get screwed over.
I wanted to live alone in a one-bedroom apartment in Evanston that would be close to Northwestern and downtown but under $1500/month, so after looking at numerous apartments, came to decision to live at 1125 Davis. The apartment seemed clean and very spacious, the kitchen needed remodeling and I decided to go for it under the condition the kitchen gets updated. First of all, they promised they'll put in a dishwasher before I submitted an application, and I personally heard the main engineer saying the dishwasher will be there, only to be informed later on I could have it at $35/month (which was never mentioned before). I did get a new kitchen (once I was already in the apartment), but it was so poorly done I had 4 electric sockets, 1 for the stove, 1 for the fridge and 1 didn't work, the cupboards are falling apart, they left them dusty etc.
The building itself was dirty and seemed in a bad condition, the laundry room is horrible...
But wait for the best part.
I received in April notification I should extend my (increased cost) lease (expiring end of August). I called them back in May saying I did want to stay there and asking for the documents again - they sent them in the first letter, I just didn't want to pay more. I moved out of state for the summer, just to get a "farewell" letter from them, informing me they have rented my apartment to someone else. Apparently, me calling and saying "I want to extend my lease" meant little to them. Luckily they had another one bedroom available and they offered it at a discounted price so apart from going through the hassle, I am getting a bigger place at a better location for slightly more $$. If I had to do business with them again? I wouldn't. In such a short notice, I could not find any other place to move into.
And yeah, those leasing managers, assistants, whatevers, are extremely rude, and make you feel as if they're doing you a favor by letting you live in their apartments. I am soooooooooooo moving out next year.
They went above and beyond for me!.
I live in a Parliament building in Evanston near Northwestern. Parliament gave me new floors, a new kitchen, and a new bathroom.
They fixed everything I asked them to. They even fixed things I hadn't noticed!
My building is beautiful and my building engineers are sweet. I could not be happier.
You just need to alert the office to any problems, as they have a very high volume of renters and sometimes seem to overlook things. Also, if you live in a student building they're probably used to people trashing it so they may just figure it's in good condition for your next rager.
If you're patient and cooperative and speak with them they will go above and beyond for you!
Be sure to ask for repainting and housekeeping if that's what you want when you move in.
You have to take these reviews with a grain of salt. People tend to write bad reviews, they just don't take time if they had a good experience.
Security is extremely poor. There were many break ins in the building I was in and no one ever seemed to worry about it. The security doors are not invincible. One day I was sitting on the couch and people actually came in and stole a bike out of the hallway while I was sitting on the other side of the door. They walked right through the security door and into the vestibule. I could not believe it. It was during the afternoon!!!!!!
The manager is a pain. This is a building that should be avoided at all costs. No matter how long you live here they treat you like an idiot. The rent is way too high for what you receive. Do yourself a favor and forget getting an apartment here. If anything happens to you while you live here they will take no responsibility.
Parliament Enterprises. Lived here for sometime and I found the management to be very disagreeable. The fact that I was a long term tenant made no difference. I don't recommend these apartment buildings. I never felt like they had good security, so I never felt safe. A coat of paint is the solution for everything. When I moved in I had nails in my walls from the previous tenant and they were never removed instead they painted over them and left them in the wall sticking out about two inches. The floors were saggy and scratched. The hallways smelled and needed to be aired out. Management treats you as if they are doing you a favor by letting you rent from them instead of realizing that they need good tenants.
Parliament Enterprises - Not Recommended!!!.
I hate Parliament Enterprises !!!!! The staff is rude and uncouth and not helpful at all. I can't wait to move out of this apartment - I've had a horrible time living here for a number of reasons:-
- The building suffers from a state of neglect - It's dirty and moldy (Parliament's solution to everything is a coat of paint, sometimes not even that)
- The plumbing in the building is faulty (it takes me half an hour to fill a glass of water)
- There's no one to turn to if I'm experiencing a problem with my apartment. I?d be better of resolving the problem myself, rather than depending on the mgt staff/maintenance staff.
Steer clear of Parliament buildings, you'll regret moving in.
SPECTACULAR SERVICE AND AWESOME APARTMENTS. AS A LEASING AGENT FOR A LOCATOR SERVICE THAT'S BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR 20 YEARS.. PARLIAMENT STANDS OUT IN COUNTLESS WAYS. 1ST AND FOREMOST LEO "THE BUILDING ENGINEER" IS SPECTACULAR, WHICH IS WHY I CALL HIM "SUPER LEO". HE TAKES THE PROSPETIVE TENANT THRU A FULL FLEDGED TOUR OF THE ENTIRE PROPERTY, INCLUDING THE LAUNDRY FACILITIES AND THE STORAGE LOCKERS. HE'S EVEN BEEN SO HELPFUL TO PULL OUT THE OLD PICTURES BEFORE THE PROPERTIES WERE RENOVATED, WHICH GIVES THE TENANT AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY VISUALIZE THE UNITS. THE COMMON GROUNDS AS WELL AS THE APARTMENTS ARE IN PHENOMINAL CONDITION, AND SHOW SO WELL THAT I ALWAYS BRING THEM TO THE PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS FIRST. 100% OF THE INDIVIDUALS THAT I'VE TAKEN TO THE BUILDINGS FOR SHOWINGS HAVE COMMENTED ON THE PROFESSIONALISM, QUALITY, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY THE TIME AND CARE THAT "SUPER LEO" SPENT TO ENSURE THAT THEY WERE FULLY INFORMED. LEO EVEN WENT AS FAR AS TAKING THE CUSTOMER THRU THE BACK ENTRANCE OF ONE OF THE BUILDINGS THAT STOOD NEXT TO THE BROWN LINE SO THERE WOULDN''T BE ANY MISCONCEPTION AS TO THE PROXIMITY AS WELL AS THE NOISE THAT THE ELEVATED TRAIN BROUGHT TO THE TABLE. i WOULD RECOMMEND PARLIAMENT, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY LEO TO EVERYONE THAT I KNOW, AS THIS GUY IS A PROFESSIONAL AT WHAT HE DOES
Horrible Managment Company. Avoid renting from any of Parliament's buildings in Chicago. They consistenty neglect maintenance of their buildings, they are rude when you call to report ongoing issues that they claim to have fixed. Specifically, the building at 516 W Briar Place, Chicago, IL 60657 has had ongoing water issues. When it rains outside, it rains in your apartment. It has happened for years and has happened to everyone on the top floor, as well as floors below. It leaks from the ceilings, it leaks from the walls, and it leaks from the floors. Parliament refuses to fix the roof and treats the tenants with disrespect when reporting the problem and insults our intelligence each time by telling us the problem is fixed. The constant water running through the walls, etc only breads mold, which is a serious health issue, not to mention a violation of the landlord/tenant agreement. In addition to the ongoing water/leakage issues, there is just overall neglect of the building. Two weeks ago, the power was out so I had to walk up 14 flights of stairs. Not surprisingly, the emergency lights in the stairwells were not working. No battery power, no emergency generated power, nothing. I strongly suggest you steer clear of this management company when looking to rent an apartment. They are very slow to fix problems and even slower to compensate you for loss of your personal property due to their neglect. Security is another HUGE issue with our building. People from the streets hang out in the stairwells and when this is reported to Parliament, they simply say, call 911. How about changing the main front door locks every now & again? How about implementing some security measures such as a camera so people can see who they buzz in? IF YOU ENCOUNTER A PROBLEM, CONTACT THE ILLINOIS TENANTS UNION, THE CITY OF CHICAGO, AND THE B B BUREAU. Maybe Parliament will listen then.
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