I have been a resident for nearly four years. Currently, I am seeking a new apartment
I hope you took note of the title, because it should be the motto of the Greenhouse; you'll be reading this line a lot in the form of little white notes under your doors. You see, nearly every other week some appliance is out of order; this is due to frequent upgrades, system checks, maintenance (because everything here breaks quite often) or what have you. Therefore, you will very, very often be without heat at certain times (awful when it's cold) or without water for a couple hours (forget your morning shower before work) or without air conditioner (hot!) and the list goes on. You'll find that if you vacation out of state for a month, as I did once, you'll return to a whole pile of these little white ""sorry for inconvenience"" notes on your floor; it will make you laugh, though. Now, what won't make you laugh is the elevators always being out of order; this will be no laughing matter when you must climb nine or eleven flights of stairs to get to your floor (if you have bags or suitcase, it's nearly impossible). Now for the catastrophes... There are two tower buildings in The Greenhouse; the North Tower and the South Tower. A water pipe has busted in each tower (South first) and recently the North Tower, completely flooding the top floor apartments.
Which brings me to my complaint about maintenance. Trust that you will not have much privacy at this apartment; did you think you were entitled? At all the other apartments I've lived in, maintenance had to request permission to enter your apartment, and they were only given a key by the main office when you gave permission. At the Greenhouse, they all sport keys to every apartment, and they enter at their leisure. Several times, maintenance has barged in unannounced (I could be in the shower, or still sleeping) and when they see that I am indecent or irritated, they just continue on with their business, without giving me five minutes to collect myself. They will even waltz into your bedroom, bathroom, or living room without permission (while you're standing right there!) They will move your stuff, hence go through your personal things without permission, too. We had a maintenance guy even barge in about two years back when I had a guest visiting who was in the process of putting on her clothes; I went to the office to ensure this would not ever happen again, but only got a tongue-in-cheek ""sorry for the inconvenience.."" by a staff member who obviously saw no problem with the situation. Other times, you are warned that maintenance will be coming in on you on a certain day at a certain time (your told when to expect these guests, and tough luck if it's not a good time for you) In this way, they treat the apartments like they're prison cells; you don't feel like your own room belongs to you. The white notes will even tell you that it is ""okay"" if you are not at home when these surprise guests show up (cause they all have keys). So, in other words, you are simply obligated to trust strangers with your stuff.