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Complaint Review: Apartment Boy (TC Dillard)
Apartment Boy (TC Dillard)none... Odd? Internet USA
Apartment Boy ,TC Dillard, TC Dillard The 3 L's ,Lies, Lack of Communication and LOCO ,Spanish word for crazy, Internet
*Consumer Comment: i had a great experience with apartment boy
*General Comment: Not what it seems
*Consumer Comment: These creeps are flooding hotpads with scam ads.
*Consumer Comment: TC Dillard was extremely helpful
*Consumer Comment: apartment boy is awesome
*Consumer Comment: wow
*REBUTTAL Owner of company: comical
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Well the business transaction started out quite innocent... Well as innocently as it could, but really how "legit" or innocent could it be if it starts on craigslist??...
I was looking for an apartment and thought to look on Craigslist to start my search. As luck would have it, I found an apartment that seemed gorgeous! It was affordable, beautiful and in a good location. I immediately called the number provided on the ad. When I did, what do you know... a property that was nothing like the image and that was not the price that was promised. When I discovered that, I should have known it was a scam. I didn't. The business owner said his name was TC Dillard and that he was from an apartment locating business called Apartment Boys, nobody I had ever heard of or for that matter anybody else. [continued below]....
Time flew by, maybe a month and I received several "follow up' calls from TC asking if I found an apartment or seeing how my search was. This was fishy to me because I had never experienced any apartment locator call and or text every day to see if I had found an apartment. I mean this is summer, tons of people are looking for apartments. I mean I was getting texts, calls and emails. Texts, which I think so unprofessional and calls at inappropriate times (too late or too early). I would find out later why the persistence was there.
Another week flew by. I finally decided I'm going to use this guy. He seemed okay, a little annoying and had a misleading ad, but I thought I'd be forgiving. Our final search ended up in another part of town, far away from where I really wanted to live. It was really the only place that had what I wanted, at the price I wanted and in the time I wanted. I called TC and told him I found an apartment adjacent to one of the places he suggested and wanted to get more information on the property. Basically, I found it, but hey, I’ll give him the credit. I mean, I guess he lead me to them… He gave the information to me and told them to call myself. I asked if I could meet him before I went to see the property and he said he had horrible strep throat he was recovering from, that he really couldn’t meet anyone. Tell me again, what is this guys doing? He's not showing you around, he's not setting up appointments and you never get to meet him. Still, I believed him. I visited the property, fell in love and decided that I would sign a contract.
I contacted TC and asked him what kind of gift cards he gives for a place like the one I was living. He told me $150. It was $50 less than another property I was also interested in (same term and monthly rent), but was in another part of town. Other locators I had used previously offered free moving, $200 gift cards and other honestly better offers. And let’s be real, the only reason we use locators is because of the benefits that they offer as a reward. Chances are, a locator isn’t going to tell you any place or apartment you couldn’t have found on the internet without the dreaded idea of giving them your contact information, let alone your future address. I told TC some of the offers that I have heard recently and asked him, if he would be willing to upend the ante to a $200, I’d refer all my friends to him. After all this is summer, it’s hot and no one wants to move in June. Therefore, moving gets expensive, since he did not provide the service, I had to find it and it wasn’t cheap. When he said yes, I referred my friends to him. This offered him future business and much more. He led me to believe that I would recieve the gift card as soon as I wrote his name on the dotted line. After all, the whole point of the GC is to help you with moving cost. He later informed me via email, that I would not get the GC until two week after moving in. Mind you I signed my contract a month before I moved in. I told him that I didn’t not appreciate his lack of clear communication and that I felt mislead. Mind you, he I had to contact him before I was told this. This should have initially been mentioned before offer his business to me. He apologized and I dropped it. Two week came and went after I moved in and I contacted TC. That is when the nightmare truly started!!
I received no calls and no emails from any of my attempts to contact him. Two weeks quickly turned into three and then four. Still no communication from TC. Without giving my apartments too much details, I asked how long after signing does the payoff process take to the locators. They informed me that a week tops. This means TC had received it and just decided that was were his business ended. Finally, I sent him an email that I was going to complain about his whole business approach, it was odd and unprofessional. What do you know TC finally decided to text me back from the email I sent! By the way, he opted to respond with a text, unprofessionally after 9pm on July 4th. He told me that he hadn’t been paid from the apartments and therefore will not give me the gift card. Odd, my apartments said that their policy would have paid him three weeks ago. He was extremely belligerent, often cussing and yelling at me. Nothing I could say would calm him down, he was out of control! I told him I did not wish to continue business with him and would tell my friends that I referred the business that I received. I guess he didn’t like that because he immediately started yell even louder and cuss even worst. He then proceeds to tell me that that I’m a “F***ing B**ch,” “a horrible person” and that “for someone he know where they live, I sure am talking not making the right decision.” I hung up! I was flabbergasted and terrified. I couldn’t believe what I heard! The guy threatened me. I was so scared I told him I would call the police and that if contacted me in any way, he would be violating the law. He sent me several dozen texts after that, which I showed the police. He apologized for his behavior, but I still felt very unsafe. He called my apartment and told them complete lies about me not using him as a reference, which my apartment manager reassured him I did. They also felt that he was sketchy, unsafe and that I should call them if I ever saw him lurking around.
Not that this matters, but I still haven’t been paid. I’ve now almost lived in the apartment for two months. I didn’t even go home on the 4th of July because I was so scared he would come there as he promised. Now, he could have been drunk, I mean most people drink on the 4th, but there is still no reason for his craziness. $200 is not worth my safety, nothing is.
By the way, I found out that he is not located anywhere in Houston or Dallas. That’s why he never meets his clients. This is perfect him, this way that don’t ever have to see what he looks like and turn him in. I posed as a fake client twice with different emails and he told them, he couldn’t show them the properties like other locators because he tore his ACL and for the other fake client because he was in Austin for the whole week. Both emails were at the same time and requested to meet him at the same time.
Basically, stay away. He is a stalker, you will not get paid and his business does not exist. No apartments have ever heard of him or even support him. Do not support these Craiglsit scammers. Learn from my scare! It’s not worth it and while he didn’t directly take money from me, he was paid for an illegitimate business practice. I learned from this article in the November issue for Time magazine about scammers. It tells you that when a scammer has found his target, he will stop at nothing to acquire whatever it is he was wanting. Do not take this as dilgence and persistence from business ( a business practice that seems okay), see it for what it is. See it for a scammer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, regardless of what rules he is breaking in the process. Stay away!
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/17/2013 02:00 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Apartment-Boy-TC-Dillard-/internet/Apartment-Boy-TC-Dillard-TC-Dillard-The-3-Ls-Lies-Lack-of-Communication-and-LOCO-Sp-1067836. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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