Average to good condo
Only posting this review after reading more recent ones.
Well-located, spacious (for the two of us) and with pleasant views from the netted lanai over the golfing green of bird life and the local aligator. Pity it is not an open balcony instead, but that's the norm around that way - keeps out the bugs!
Was definitely showing signs of wear and tear (tattered bed-covers, stained shower cubicle, finger-marks, taps difficult to adjust, grimy oven and kitchen utensils). Other problems needing attention: continually-flushing toilet, tv with no reception, over-sensitive smoke alarm, front door deadlock liable to stick (one day we were nearly locked out).
Irregular banging from the condo immediately above throughout our stay, and the owner of the condo immediately below reported a seepage of water from our bathroom into his apartment (apparently not for the first time). All of which supports the idea that substantial renovation my be required, if not already undertaken in the last 10 months.
Potential security problem also in that innumerable people appear to hold copies of the key!
The biggest problem, however, and the reason we would not return, is the owner - a real pain to deal with. Since we live only a few miles apart, in England, we assumed that arranging the admin,, payment and logistics of the rental would be easy. We even visited him at his home twice to facilitate this. He was a shambles - very disorganised, gave incorrect or incomplete information, very dilatory in returning the security/key deposit until I threatened to report him to the UK tax authorities (THAT produced a quick response!) - and totally disinterested in hearing about the above deficiencies.
Anyone interested in renting on the Plantation Country/Golf Club site might do better to consider one of the many other vacation properties available there.
Owner's Response: I do not want to individually address the allegations levied about the apartment but what I will say is that I am always happy to help with any issues that any of my guests experience either during or after their stay. This guest stayed in the condominium last November (a good ten months ago) and this is the first time that I have heard any complaints relating to his stay. As I have stated before, the condo is regularly updated; a small amount of wear and tear is to be expected for a property built in 1989.
I would like to make two brief points though. Firstly, any suggestion of a security issue is nonsense. Keys are held by my cleaning company and by the club association (a requirement of owning a property in The Plantation). The property is not cleaned during a guest’s stay unless specifically requested by the guest and any access required by association contractors is for either emergency or maintenance reasons.
Secondly, the personal attacks proffered by this guest are grossly unfair. He is alluding to being unable to open the email attachment for the contract (a process I have used for at least the last ten years without any issue) Furthermore, the return of the full deposit was done extremely promptly at the conclusion of his stay using my normal method (cheque by post). Unfortunately, this did not arrive , at which point I instantly organized a direct bank transfer. Any accusation that I do not comply with tax obligations either in the UK or the US is offensive and categorically untrue.
Finally, I found this guest comfortably the most difficult and frustrating character that I have come across in the twenty years of renting my property. If asked, I would strongly caution any of my contacts in the Florida rental market from dealing with him.
Helpful votes: 5/5
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