I have had a terrible experience renting from Owen G Meislin, he is the worst landlord i have ever had. He was very nice and cooperative before i moved in, but once i signed that lease, it was like i did not matter anymore. There was a laundry list of things that needed to be fixed in the apartment when when i moved in, and he assured me they would be taken care of. Some of the main items on the list were faulty heating and air conditioning unit, an oven from the 70's that was in constant disrepair, and a hot water heater that only worked at half its capacity. The worst thing was that the stairs were literally falling apart, and it took me six months, and the involvement of the City of Charleston and a lawyer for him to fix them. The HVAC was not working properly for at least 3 months before it was fixed, and the hot water heater remains half working to this day. Every time i try to call and get things done, i hear the same excuses from his secretary (who is the most insincere person i have ever talked to), such as ""we are working on it,"" or ""we thought that was already fixed."" When asked to speak with Owen personally, she told me he was far too busy, and did not even offer to make me an appointment. When i finally did get to talk to Mr. Meislin and inquire about my hot water heater, he yelled at me and told me that hot water heaters don't work as well in the winter, and that it would get better when the weather warmed up (this was the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard, and was refuted by two maintenance companies that i talked to). I am currently looking for a new apartment, and will have no trouble getting out of the lease, because he has already violated it multiple times, according to the lawyer i talked to. I am a pretty down to earth person and understand that i am living in an old Charleston home, but something is wrong when things like major appliances and heating/air conditioning are not working. I will never rent from Owen G Meislin AGAIN!
Pros: great location, fair price
Cons: insincere staff, terrible service, not worth the headache