Complaint Review: Gregory and Tenya Pierce
Gregory and Tenya Pierce Greg and Tenya They refused to fix conditions of the house when the house flooded, tricked me into evacuating, and then refused to return deposits or follow the end of their deal that they made when convincing me to evacuate Decatur Georgia
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I met Gregory and Tenya Pierce on Airbnb. I was new to Atlanta at the time, as a struggling creative in her early 20s, fresh out of art school, meaning to build herself from the ground up. I had travelled to the new entertainment capitol of the South on an ambitious leap of faith with no plan and just my car, technical equipment for my craft, and personal belongings. I was just a kid with a dream and was desperate for a place to stay.
Upon arrival to the house, I could tell that the house was worn down. My room was a sublet in the basement. It came with a private bedroom and bathroom across the hall. There were roaches and bugs crawling all over the house. Air conditioning and heat was hardly running. Not to mention this was located in a bad neighborhood. Tons of shootings and sirens going all around at night and even in the middle of the day. Fires randomly being started in the neighborhood.
The property manager's name was Tenya Pierce. Gregory, the actual owner of the house (which is her biological brother) resided in a completely different state (New York) so she was given the responsibility to cater to his residents. Tenya came off very kind and motherly at first, and upon superficial contact you may assume that she is a very loving, empathetic, caring woman. I had taken a liking to her upon meeting, and found her to be very professional--but then the first red flag waved itself on my second day there.
She had come down to speak with me, as I had a maintenance issue down in my room that she had to take a look at. After she was done resolving the problem, she got up to leave and accidentally dropped her keys. I leaned down to pick it up--and I notice a Narcotics Anonymous keytag hanging from it. She gave me this look of horror, grabbed the keys from be abruptly, thanked me passively, and then left.
I tried to shrug this off. It's hard to understand red flags when you see the world through rose-colored glasses. I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that perhaps if she is a recovering addict, then she is making efforts to change...but something about her reaction and energy in that very moment seemed off. I had unveiled part of the beast that she was desperately trying to hide. But I brushed it off and went about my business.
I settled for all of this as I was originally only renting this place out temporarily for 2 weeks, as an airbnb. I had already put down a deposit on an application for an apartment with a roommate and I was only waiting until it was ready for me to move into.
I had befriended the other tenants in the house during my stay, who were also working creatives in the industry. We got along very well but Tenya, having noticing this, offered for me to rent out a room on a longterm basis. I kindly refused, as I had somewhere else I had committed to. She then used a very heavy, 1980s-esque cold-closing sales rebuttal and insisted on me staying. She also offered me a much better deal than what I would be getting at the other apartment. Her energy was very strong, powerful, and persuasive. I later ended up cancelling my plans to move into the other place and decided to sign a 6 month lease with her.
As soon as I paid her money, and signed the lease, the facade faded, and the layers to the onion of the beast, or so to speak, was unveiled, one by one...
She began coming over everyday. This is illegal in the state of Georgia, a landlord must give 24 hour notice before stepping foot in the property. She demanded that this was "her house, it is her right". That we only rented the rooms, and that she had the right to the common areas. She would come over all the time and get in our business--she would send us group texts throughout the day demanding our attention constantly. She would take our food and waters and then claim that this was her right too, or blame it on someone else who lived in the house. Many times she would even go as far as claiming that perhaps there was a thief who had broken in here because the other day she could've sworn a stanger had come knocking on our front door.
She would start disputes between the members of the household for no given reason. She would force us to drop eveyrthing we were doing during our busy work days and have us respond to her desperate pleas for attention. She would force us to come to her "mandatory house meetings" and try to make us negotiate the terms of our lease (which is illegal), and try to tell us that we had to limit the usage of electricity, air conditioning (which she all agreed to including in our rate for rent). She ended up putting a lock on our AC box so that we wouldn't have a choice. The house was either freezing cold or scorching hot afterwards and she would not let us change this.
She would constantly claim the house is messy and blame it on different tenants of the household though part of the agreement in our lease was for her to clean the house once a week. Instead, she would use "cleaning" as an excuse to come over almost every other day.
When we pointed out that this was unprofessional, she would spin into her narcissistic rage. When I called my father about this, and asked for him to speak to her...I kid you not, she tried to tell my father that I was crazy and simply imagining these things, and that perhaps I had mental health issues and needed to see a doctor.
A new tenant moved in within my last couple of months living there. He was fresh out of college as well, 23 years old, out of work and needed a place to stay while he figured his life out. He had happened to have a history of seizures, but it had been dormant for quite a while. Tenya found him as a new oppurtunity to gain a new narcissistic supply. She started involving him in all of her business and he became her prime golden target.
His seizures began to resurface soon afterwards. The more havoc she came in and created, the more regular his seizures became.
One day, one of our roommates went to knock on his door and we found him dead. The police were called and HASMAT had to come in and clean the house.
This costed Greg and Tenya thousands and thousands of dollars. After this happened, their demeanors greatly shifted. They became very cold and uncompromising. Tenya decided to quit the operation. Mr Pierce was forced to take over property management, but because he was in NY there wasn't much contact that was made with him. The other tenants moved out immediately. They had convinced them to leave. It seemed like at this point, they just didn't want to deal with us anymore. They had lost too much money and I'm sure that they had had plans to renovate the house completely and raise the rates to make up for the money they lost.
They kept trying to convince me to leave, but I had nowhere to go and I was on a 6 month lease. Every conversation I had with them, they would try to figure out a way to talk me into leaving and breaking my lease.
One day, I come home to see that my entire basement sublet had flooded. There was water all over the floor, and had nearly destroyed a good fourth of my professional equipment. I called the Pierces immediately, hoping to resolve this issue. They told me they would send someone over, but no one ever showed up. This continued for 5 days. By the fifth day, the basement was flooded above 3 inches and I had to evacuate and move all of my belongings upstairs. By then I was furious, and I called Greg Pierce once again. I even gave him the name and number to a plumber. He claimed he was going to call him, but never did.
I eventually got fed up with this waiting game and evacuated. The toxins from the sewage water was really beggining to harm my lungs. My health was at serious risk and I coud not fight any longer. I could hardly breathe nor think clearly. I didn't know who to call for help--I didn't have many freinds in Georgia.
Gregory and Tenya ended up throwing away the belongings I had left there. They had promised me that they would keep it safe for me until I was ready to pick it up, as part of the agreement for me to leave and break the lease, but they broke this blatantly with no remorse. They also refused to return the deposit that they had agreed to return in the lease I originally signed with them. Not only that, but they made a point to even attempt to blame me for the pipes breaking, which I'm sure if they attempted to explain that to a judge in court, they would get laughed at. Their claim was absolutely illogical and a clear indication that they will do whatever they can to refuse to take responsibility for what they are obligated to do in their position in their business.
They still to this day are renting out this house. According to Greg Pierce, Tenya left the state, to "help the hurricane victims down in Florida", and a new property manager (who is another close friend or family member of theirs) is running it now.
I am writing this review not as an attempt to seek revenge, but so that I can warn all potential future tenants.
If you look up this property online, you will see that the original amount they bought this property for, and its actual net worth is much lower than what they are attempting to charge for rent. Not to mention, the house was never in living condition--considering all the bugs, the heat/AC malfunctioning, etc. It was no surprise that the pipes eroded and flooded. I wouldn't be surprised if this had always been a recurring problem.
Not only did I suffer great physical and materialistic liabilities during this, I am still, to this day, recovering from the torture, psychological abuse, and gaslighting that Tenya and Gregory inflicted upon me and the other tenants. The way they inflicted this damage was very slow and painful--as cluster B personalities tend to enjoy taking their time in ripping people apart and then standing back to admire the extent of their accomplishment.
For the sake of not just your physical and financial health, but for also your mental health, please, do not rent from these owners. They are psychopaths and they do not care about the regards of others. Everything is a game to them. Their intent in life is to lie, cheat, con, and steal for the sake of getting ahead for themselves.
I couldn't speak in complete sentences for an entire 2 months after this happened. I was in shellshock--I couldn't communicate with others without judging myself, because Tenya had broken me down into pieces and had psychoanalyzed my every move and behavior as if there was something wrong with me.
Emotional abuse is a very real thing, and they are masters of it. They will psychologically break you down and have you leaving confused and broken.
These people are sick and need help. But I cannot help them. I can only write this in hopes that I can help warn the community and anyone who ever contemplates on involving themselves with them in the future. Please, for the sake of your financial well being but also your mental health, please do not rent from these owners.
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