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apparently i already come up when people search 230 oak, so let me put this as a public advisory. they show a complete and utter disregard for animal life. my 5 month old kittens almost died because they soaked them in roach spray after "forgetting to tell me" that the cats shouldn't be there this time while they sprayed. i asked why then they did spray, and the person who did it smirked. the super then was extremely resistant to helping to find out what chemical they used, going so far as to lie about what the name was, despite the fact that we made it clear that every minute counted in keeping them alive.
these are inhumane, horrible people.
in addition, things only seem to get addressed when my mother phones them (i'm 24), showing clear ageism (i work for the human rights tribunal of ontario.. this is an entirely legitimate, and punishable, offence).
and the roaches keep coming back
or never really going
just, whatever you do, don't move into one of these buildings.
i suggest staying away from linwood property management as a whole.


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Sep. 25th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Hi Bronwyn

It's Kelly also from Oak St, we met in the elevator.

I would call SPCA and report them: http://ontariospca.ca/ Poisoning definitely falls under animal cruelty laws. You could probably even go as far to file a police report as well.

They should have thoroughly warned you beforehand that it was not safe for pets and you needed to remove them. They should have given you prior notice of when they were coming and if they showed up and the directions you were given weren't followed then they shouldn't have sprayed at all and then could have charged you for the inconvenience of coming out.

If they didn't give you warning at all the you can also file a complaint with the Landlord-Tenant board: http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca/en/STEL02_111281.html

You can also arrange for a building inspector to come in regards to any maintenance problems they are failing to fix. They are pretty quick to send someone over as well. This is the only way I've ever gotten anything repaired in my apartment. http://www.toronto.ca/apartmentstandards/guidelines.htm

Oct. 8th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
hey, thanks so much for the info!! theyèll definitely all be finding out (weère waiting to file the actual lawsuit until iève moved out nov 1)

ièm actually calling the cops on them at 515 (deadline i gave them) because someone came into my apartment without notice or permission today. i told them if they wonèt tell me who and who gave permission for it, that ièd be reporting a break and enter.
(i found my cats locked in the bathroom, a door which is always all the way open and which i do not close, and which has NEVER ONCE closed by itself. the notice that in future they would be entering my apartment to show it was also further in my door than is possible without opening it)
ièm shaking ièm so angry
especially because they wonèt admit it
(no subject) - happierphantom - Dec. 8th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 20th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
230 oak street to avoid at all cost?
Hi! Not too sure if anyone will check this entry, but would appreciate any reply.

I'm actually looking into renting a 2 bedroom apartment in Riverdale neighbourhood.

I thought $850 plus heat for a 2 bedroom apartment at 230 Oak Street looks reasonable, until I saw your review about the place.

Are the bug problem really that serious?
Why are there people still living in that building?

Or are the bugs problem occuring only in some units?

I'm currently studying in UT, and the rental for downtown apartment for 2 bedrooms are pretty steep! Hence, looking at Oak Street...

But if it's really that horrible, guess I'd have to continue searching... :(
Mar. 20th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Re: 230 oak street to avoid at all cost?
Hi there,

I would DEFINITELY stay away. My bug problem was incredibly awful. By the end, I would think there was a clump of fabric on the ground and it would turn out to be a swarm of roaches. They also would not respond to my phone calls (I would have to get my mother to call, at which point they'd finally call back), so getting repairs and sprayings done was very difficult.

Best of luck!
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Apr. 2nd, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
car wouldnt start 30
Jun. 23rd, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
i had to stay in a temporary place for 1 month because they have to renovation.
first night in my new apartment a complete nightmare: closet door not fixed, shower pool oxides, BEDBUG, Cockroaches, housefly.
If I have knew best I would never moved to that place, but here I'am with a 1 year least.
Jun. 23rd, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: painfull!
uhg, that's awful. best of luck!
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
I guess my apt is a rarity...?
Hmm. I don't doubt that some suites have bug problems, or maintenance issues. However, I have only had a slight bug problem once (only roaches), and that was when my (former) roommate decided to leave food scraps everywhere in the kitchen and stash dirty dishes in a plastic bag in her closet (don't ask me why). Once she was gone, they sprayed, and it's been fine. Every six months I call for a spraying, just in case, and within a week I have someone show up (I am notified by phone, as I request of them). I am mid-twenties also (female, even), and have never had an issue with the management or the super or the staff. I have been here almost two years. My suite was in top shape when I moved in, except for two minor issues, which, when I called, I was told they would be fixed the next day. They were fixed the next day before noon. The only complaint I would have, is that every few months, when they clean the roof, there is a strong rotten egg smell for a couple of hours - this is because the rotting stuff on the roof is being disturbed as it is being removed, and thus gives off bad smells. As for pets, my cats have never come to harm, and I was informed that when I moved in, that animals were fine, so long as I cleaned up after them. The roach contractors don't work directly for the building, and I believe they have changed the contracted company three times in the last two years - so maybe management wasn't happy with the animal-abusers either.
It's good to voice concerns over issues, but for the people reading, it's also important to make informed decisions. There are good and bad sides to everything, and this building has not been a bad place for me to live.

PS-I also clean my place at least once a week, and put the garbage out as soon as it is full. I wipe my kitchen counters after I use them and don't leave food or drink spills just laying around to attract bugs. If I ever need to call the super, I don't leave messages - I make sure to talk directly with him, and get a confirmation of my request over the phone. I am always polite and courteous in my dealings with management and staff. I'm not saying the poster does not do any of these things, merely stating that these are the things that I do, and that I associate the positive experience I have had in the building with those actions.
Jun. 29th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
Re: I guess my apt is a rarity...?
i'm glad to hear about your good experience! i am an extremely clean person, and was extra diligent because of the bugs, but still they swarmed.

what i do want to make sure to highlight is that it was in fact renny, the building's main maintenance guy, who did the spraying and who directly sprayed my cat (and subjected my other cat to extreme doses of the spray). it was not a company representative who did the spraying. and it was the super himself who was so resistant to helping us and who provided a fake chemical name, not the company.

hopefully others have better experiences, but i would definitely NOT recommend moving into this place, and to the person who commented, i urge you to not allow any sprayings or entry into your apartment while your cats are there if you are not, as they showed a complete disregard/lack of concern for animal life, and i wouldn't want anyone to ever have to experience the traumatic image and situation that i came home to.
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Sep. 23rd, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
which floors?
I have heard that the bug problem is better on the top floor? Does anyone know or live higher up? Thanks - not sure I want to move in.
Sep. 23rd, 2011 10:24 am (UTC)
Re: which floors?
i lived on 17
Dec. 5th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
I lived on the 18th Floor and my bug problem wasn't too bad, however it was recurring. I had a friend on the eighth floor though and he said in the summer he would turn on the lights and hundreds would scatter.
I wouldn't suggest it just because of the neighbors even though. On a couple accounts my laundry would get stolen from the laundry machines (specifically bras and underwear, EW) to the point where i would have to stay down there for hours and watch my laundry.
Apr. 23rd, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
I lived on the top floor at 230 Oak Street in 2009/2010. The unit was being "fully renovated" for me and my friend to move in. We were able to view the showing apartment on the main floor and were happy with what we saw. However, after receiving the keys to our apartment nothing had been renovated. There were tiles falling off the walls in the kitchen (which was never fixed), there was no curtain rod installed in the washroom (which took 8 days before the work was started and took the man atleast 2 days to finish). The only thing they had done was paint the walls and put up new closet doors in the master bedroom. About two months after living there I spoke with a man down the hall who was leaving because of cockroaches. I started to look around more and realized my apartment was also infested. I let the landlord know that we had cockroaches and I even sent a picture I took with the notice. 4 Days went by and there had been no acknowledgement so I sent in my 60 day notice to end my Tenancy. Three days before I was moving they put a notice on my door and came in the next day to do the treatment.

Needless to say,
I moved out.

Just to note: The night before I moved out I went out with my boyfriend to the store and was asked to get into a suspicious mans
car. He was very persistant and identified himself as a cop. The man started to get out of the car. When I ran to the store to get help
the man in the store instructed me to leave and yelled at me. Police came after we called police from outside and we were subpoenad
to court months later.

Needless to say the entire location is just horrible.
Apr. 23rd, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this! I want to make sure as many people are aware of the problems as possible.
Aug. 13th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)

I have been living at the 210 Oak Street for about 2 years now. I and my friend keep the place clean so we don't get too many cockroaches but they are still there.
And let me tell you one thing. The Manager/Janitor is a very, very rude person. He doesn't understand/speak english properly and often shouts on phone and cuts the call. He is a real asshole. From my point of view, stay away from this building. If you are a student looking for a cheap place to stay then its fine as long as you can bear this idiot. But people with good options should stay away.

And I would really appreciate if someone can suggest and website where I can lodge a complaint online.
Aug. 13th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
assuming they haven't changed staff (i doubt they have), the manager/janitor you refer to is the one who sprayed my cats and smirked about it! extremely rude and with no regard for animal life. he was rude and dismissive with me on many other occasions, too, and i had the same problem with him purposely cutting off the phone call when he didn't want to deal with a problem/request/question.

i wish i knew of a site! only one i know of is the bedbug one, but there weren't actually bedbugs (surprisingly, ha) (at least when i was there)
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Nov. 30th, 2012 02:37 am (UTC)
hey i moved out of 210 oak st and the super never gave me my deposit back its been 3 months maybe even longer what could i do mail response at confiscating@hotmail.com
Dec. 21st, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
I have lived in this building for a few years and yes, management is really hard to deal with. The bugs and mice go into dirty homes where food is left out and they have places to stay hidden. If you keep your home extremely clean and have all your food in sealed containers, they will lessen. If you argue with the building, they eventually will spray. They did tell me to remove my food, dishes, pet, litter, pet food, and people from the apartment before spraying. We got it done twice a few weeks apart but not on schedule. Our windows are drafty and we are cold in the winter. but it's not so bad when it's not cold. There is mould around windows cus of the draft and water getting in. The balconies are all getting their supports fixed and added to after that Sandy storm as well.
For the cost, and the size of the apartment, the closet space, number of outlets, and placement in the city.. man I don't even want to move. I want to fight to make it better.
Mar. 27th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
have a friend of a friend who lives happily here. my gf recently saw the place and said it was under reno and did not notice anything. however, all these places if you just google the address, complaints like these arise all over the place. My gf has also never had to experience loosing all of your possessions to bedbugs, living with cockroaches and completely negligent buiding staff/landlords. If ONE tenant claims to have a roach problem, there are roaches in the building. if ONE tenant complains of bed bugs, there are bed bugs in the building. You may be able to avoid them for awhile by keeping your place clean, but they are still there, and will be forever. Needless to say, i will not be moving into 230 Oak st.
May. 3rd, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
i went to see an apartment last week and i decided to go with it but this website is scaring me. i saw the actual unit and its completely renovated and so beautiful not to mention affordable. There are many sketchy ppl in the building and i do believe that there are bug problems because the awful smells in the hallway. now i havent seen a comment about this building since november or december 2012. would you still recomment to stay away?
May. 6th, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
i haven't been since but there have been pretty consistent replies, so i'd be a little nervous... mine was completely renovated before i moved in, too, but the endless roaches (ended up in even the drawers of my desk in my bedroom. they were black clumps all over. and i keep a clean apartment with no dishes!).... and the maintenance guy posted a comment asking if we were going to kill him or something silly like that (i might have deleted it, i'm not sure), and that was recent, so that makes me concerned - if it's still being run by the same guy and the maintenance guy reny (or something like that), then i'd worry. new management miiiiight make it ok..
it's really unfortunate because the apartments are very affordable, it's in a VERY convenient location, and i personally really enjoyed living in regent park - lots of kids and families around, growing community, etc.
i was sad at how horribly this turned out.
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Jul. 21st, 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
Water shut down in 230 Oak Street, Toronto, ON, M5A2E2 for the last 48 hours from 19th July @2 PM to till now 20th July 11PM.
Talked to Super, he said its not his problem. He further said it takes 10 years or 15 years to get water. He is very irresponsible person. All the residents are very sad not getting water. Landlord or management dont have any plan to distribute a 5ltr or 10ltr water to residents. We never live this building and planning to leave this building very soon. I live this building for 18 months I am very tired. Please never move in this building. Management is bad, super is rude and irresponsible and all facilities are bad. Elevator are all damaged wait for 20/25 minutes.
Jul. 22nd, 2013 11:09 am (UTC)
i definitely recommend checking out the landlord tenant board like i did!
Dec. 6th, 2013 09:06 am (UTC)
I've tried everything with the roaches but they keep coming back. There is no way to block up all the cracks in my walls so they could be coming from anywhere. In the year Ive been here they've only done a building-wide fumigation once. I also have issues with daddy long legs and house flies. I called to get my unit treated and was told this would take place that week but I never heard back. I didnt force the issue since I'm not staying either way, just expected to be taken care of. I know a lot of the tenants around here are lazy dirty and are making it impossible for the rest of us so I don't know if I blame them or management.
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