If I could give them 0 stars I would. I lived in my home from 2018-2022. 6 months of me living there I had mold growing in my apartment. My neighbor warned me that there was mold in all units. I put in multiple orders only for them to ignore mark them complete or put a band aid over it. Honestly stopped paying them until they came to fix the issues. My final straw was when I had mold growing in my bedroom closet. I had to discard all of my things because it was covered with mold. I threatened to call the state health department. The next day the property manager I never met came to my house unannounced. I told him I was leaving because the apartment was unhealthy for me and my son to stay there. I was pregnant at that time. Property manager kept rushing me to move. Did not reimburse me for all of things I had to throw away because of mold. So we finally began to move. I come back to the apartment. There were bricks thrown in both windows. I don’t have enemies. Didn’t have company often. I believe this was an act of intimidation by barker realty forcing me to move. I contact the police and maintenance. Maintenance tried to blame it on the kids in the neighborhood. The kids were too small to throw big bricks through windows that stood 7 ft off the ground. Nothing was taken and there was no forced entry. We barely have any criminal activities in that area. After I filed the police report. I left the apartment door open so maintenance can come back to board the windows. 2 hrs later I get a call from maintenance saying he locked his phone inside the apartment. He asked me if he could meet me to pick up the key. I thought it was weird and made me feel very uncomfortable. There is no way to lock yourself out of that apartment. You had to have a key to open and unlocked. I never locked the doors. I didn’t come back to that apartment to get the rest of my things. Only came back for one sentimental letter my mom wrote me before she passed away. And I told them to leave it in the mailbox. A few months later Barker charged me for those months they failed and ignored my work orders. I wish I would of contacted code enforcement and the state sooner. Barker doesn’t care. City of Raleigh doesn’t care. They will continue renting slummy apartments. Especially to low income families.
On July 14th I had to have an emergency triple bypass surgery. I reached out to Dawn and explained our situation before I had the surgery, that I would be out of work for 6-8 weeks and was worried about paying rent. I had to wait for my short term disability to kick in so I was understandably concerned. I receive a text back from Dawn a few weeks after the surgery because she had reached out to the landlord but he was out of country, so she had to wait to hear from him. She went the extra mile to contact the landlord and explain our situation, and secure us a 2-3 week grace period to pay our rent. This was obviously a huge burden lifted off our shoulders and such a blessing to us. Thank you Dawn for being a great property manager and most of all a wonderful person. Thank you from our family. Nathan & Laura Crawford
I can only speak on behalf of my experience with Barker Realty and I have nothing but good things to say!!! Now at first it started out a little rocky but Once Orielle took over my application it was smooth sailing afterwards……After only living in the property less then a month, I had someone do some serious damage to the property while I was away….I was devastated/ hurt. My son was worried as well as nervous thinking they were going to blame us and put us out. I immediately called oriell, sent pictures and requested maintenance after hours and they immediately came out that same night even though it was super late and patched up what they could as good as they could….Kept in touch with me through the repair process, somewhat….And currently my son and I are still living n apartment, he’s happy, I happy. Their units are nice, affordable and in a very very awesome area/neighborhood! It’s quiet and safe and decent living space. So long story short, in the short time I’ve been living in Barker’s property, it’s been great experience and hopefully we will be able to continue to rent from them, staying in the same unit…👌🤞
It's difficult enough to get used to living in Raleigh after living in New York for over 71 years without having to deal with housing issues. Fortunately for us, not only did Barker Realty provide us with a lovely house in excellent, move-in condition, we have learned to totally trust them to help us maintain it. From the office people to the incredible maintenance staff, everyone has been so incredibly nice and patient....immediately responsive to our requests for help. The maintenance people clearly explain the fixes needed, helping us avoid further issues. We are so lucky to have the comfort of this lovely house while we get used to this place being our new home. Thanks, Barker people!!
I am posting this review to warn other prospective renters-- seriously do not apply for a rental at this company unless it is your only choice!!!!! They are money-hungry and accept several applications for a single property just to get your application fee. We applied for a rental after we toured it and were told it was available for an immediate move in (we needed to move quickly). Our combined income was enough to rent the property according to their income requirements so we expected to hear back quickly, but they kept applications open for weeks on end and communicated very poorly. This may be a typical practice for some rental companies, but I would absolutely avoid it as it will leave you out $150 in application fees with nowhere to move. Furthermore, the office staff is impossible to get in touch with, I had to go into their physical location to check on the status of my application after not hearing back. However I will say that the office staff I interacted with were nice when we were actually able to get in contact. Overall, be very wary when applying. Their process is incredibly slow and it is very likely that even if you qualify and applied first, they will give the property to someone else. I applied to another property with a different company and heard back within a week.
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