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Complaint Review: Apartment Boy (TC Dillard)

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  • Submitted: Wed, July 17, 2013
  • Updated: Wed, July 17, 2013

  • Reported By: Honest Abbie — houston Texas
Apartment Boy (TC Dillard)
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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]....

..... I still proceeded. TC said he could find me an apartment and then when I signed with the apartment he would give me a gift card as a thank you for using his service.

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!


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#1 Consumer Comment

i had a great experience with apartment boy

AUTHOR: blair - ()

I find it very interesting that people are writing these "reviews" about apartment boy on here.  they all appear to be written by the same disgruntled person.  I've used apartment boy twice in the past 2 years, once with Mr Dillard, and once with another locator.  Both times I was provided a report of options, they contacted the properties and verified availability for me, and then setup appointments as needed.  i went and leased, and that was it.  It was the easiest experience I've ever had..  They do a max rebate up to $200, both times I qualified for $100.

Considering the companie's been in business for a total of 2 years I believe, it says a lot that there's ONLY 3 negative comments to be found on the Internet.  All written by the same lunatic more than likely.

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#2 General Comment

Not what it seems

AUTHOR: Jenna I - ()

This business is likely fake or out to crook apartment places. As it turn out, people like TC or Apartment Boys get paid from apartments when they "recruit" people to proprieties. While they're not directly cheating you out if money, they use you as a pawn to get money from these properties often bribing you with promises they never intend in keeping. It's often to good to be true, sometimes even allowing you to name your price or gift. 

I started off, like the last comment, by finding an apartment online. It was incorrectly listed and priced. The property was not even taking applications, but it was a new post. I'm guessing they do this to entice customers. I asked him on two separate occasions if he might be able to show me the apartments, like real apartment locators do (ie citihomes off of westheimer) and he told me two very seperate lies. I don't think he realized that I emailed him from a different email account. I was just at work and not at home, so I wasn't ecessarily trying to catch him lying, just getting more information about what he does. Anyways, unbeknownst to him, he didn't hold on to the lie he first told me. He said he couldn't show me the apartment because he was in California the first time, then at work told me he couldn't show me because he was in Austin. Unless he did some traveling in record time, which I doubt, he was lying. I immediately googled him and found bad reviews.  Fortunately for me, I knew to discontinue using his services. He likely was at home or wherever he conducts business and simply did not want to meet the people he's likely scamming.

Also, his sentence and grammar in his emails are very unprofessional. It's very poor. For a man who wishes to conduct business solely via correspondence, I find that he should at least have good syntax. I don't know if you've ever emailed people on craigslist you know to be scammers, but if you have, a common characteristic is poor grammar and sentence structure. This is a mark of overseas trickery/scamming in translations to the English language. 

I agree also with the originator of this report... if you live in the Houston metropolitan area, you know reputable locators. No one has ever heard him. My apartments told me to not use TC's service if I felt there was inconsistency due to the scamming that has been happening in the business with reputable locators.

It's an annoyance that when you are truly looking for an apartment on Craigslist (which can sometimes be helpful) and you find people like this business. Most especially when you are in a crunch. They saturate Craigslist with their scams and impede the searching process. I hope Craigslist starts to do more about cracking down on scammers like this. 

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#3 Consumer Comment

These creeps are flooding hotpads with scam ads.

AUTHOR: jp - ()

I wondered why hot pads was suddenly flooded with hundreds of ads from this same company.  None of the ads have addresses, and I know the zip code very well -- there just aren't that many places for rent in this zip code.  Also, these houses and their foilage look anything like the older historical neighborhood they are supposedly in.  I know for a fact that a grouping of five in one block don't even exist on that street.  Plus, nothing is remotely believeable about the rent prices.  It's about a dollar to 1.50 a square foot and they are advertising stuff that is 10% that price per square foot.

They are FLOODING hotpads with scammy spammy ads to the point where it makes the hotpads app impossible to use.  

I called on several of these and I was told they were rented already.  Things don't rent within 30 minutes of being posted -- in 30 minutes time, they posted an ad, somebody called, they showed them the property, and they rented it?  Nope, that has never happened in this zip code here in Dallas.

 

Scam, fraud, and spam.

I doubt any of the rebuttals above are real people.  

 

 

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#4 Consumer Comment

TC Dillard was extremely helpful

AUTHOR: Leslie Rankin - ()

My jaw dropped reading the review of Mr. Dillard.  Its the exact opposite of my experience, he was the absolute best locator Ive ever used, and I'm now using him to buy a home.  I received a $150 rebate within several weeks after moving in, and he made the search extremely easy on me.  I couldn't be happier, and I strongly recommend Mr. Dillard to anyone needing assistance.  He is extremely caring and dedicated, and very honest

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#5 Consumer Comment

apartment boy is awesome

AUTHOR: Tammy - ()

I just read through the review written on this site, and it sounds like nonsense to me.  I used Mr. Dillard to locate an apartment in Houston last week, and couldn't be more happy with the help he provided!  I haven't received my rebate yet, but having spoke with TC several times over Skype, I have no doubts of his sincerity.  Plus several of my friends have used him, and they all received their rebates within a couple months of moving in.  Maybe I'll come back here and write something if that changes, but I doubt it will!!  Thank you!!!  And to the person who wrote that long review, you are the one that's loco!! lol

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#6 Consumer Comment

wow

AUTHOR: Tara - ()

I recently used Mr. Dillard to find a place in Houston, TX, and I can't begin to thank him enough.  I moved from Seattle, and it was a nightmare trying to find a place that could work with my situation.  I have very specific taste, and a large black lab, so I needed any help I could get.

Mr. Dillard was kind enough to pick me up from Hobby Airport, and from there we proceeded into the Downtown/Midtown area, and he showed me several places I liked.  I finally settled on a place close to Bagby, and I absolutely love it!

I asked if I could repay him in any way, and he simply said - write a review about me online.  I typed in a search on Google, and this page showed up, and I was shocked at the review I read, because its the total OPPOSITE of my experience with Mr. Dillard.

He was extremely kind and understanding of me, and I can't begin to thank him enough.  He did offer a rebate to me as well for $300, and if I had any issue, it would be that the rebate took about 8 weeks to show up.  But after investigating futher, I realizewd that wasn't his fault though, my apartment community doesn't pay locators until they've received 2 months of rent from me, so I understand now.

I loved my experience with Apartment Boy!  Thank you so much TC!!

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#7 REBUTTAL Owner of company

comical

AUTHOR: hedpetcd99 - ()

The report filed by this person is patently false in every shape or form possible.  If you wasted time reading it, I apologize.

In a nutshell - this lady paid nothing for our time and service to her, and after completing several small tasks at her request over a 6 week period, we found a place for her - but she then demanded $200 from us to secure our referral.  We agreed as a good sport and to hopefully secure future business, essentially meaning we'd break even for helping her.

From that point forward she called/texted/emailed every day demanding money.  After explaining to her again that we can't pay anything until the property pays us, she went ballistic openly contemplating changing our referral to someone else, while also simultaneously claiming she'd never do such a thing because of her "morals".  Her behavior was rather confusion.

She then sent a series of nasty text messages threatening to write bad reviews on the evenign of 4th of July, lying repeatedly that she had physical proof we'd collected a bill from her property.  Of course, no such evidence existed, and when we spoke with her property manager, we learned that nobody in the office could confirm anything this lady was saying.

In a nutshell - she's a liar.  She suffers from a victim mentality (she thinks everyone's out to get her, the whole world's against her, etc.)  If she had any patience or minimal decency, we'd gladly have sent her $200.  Instead, after warning her not to write something false about us, she went ahead and did so.  And that's why she wont be getting the $200.  We dont like being extorted and lied about, so she has nobody to blame but herself.

We've been in this business for almost 10 years, have serviced close to 20,000 people, and this is the ONLY person to have somehow been "scammed".  If you believe anything she says its your loss.  My track record speaks for itself with sane individuals.  If you're insane like her though, feel free to follow her "review".

 

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