Anonymous on 10/06/2015
It's too bad the building is getting a bad rap because of a bad experience. The irony is that I actually thought I had bedbugs and totally freaked out. But the owner had a spray guy in to check right away and nothing was found. It's been four months and I can safely say it was a false alarm. I've asked my neighbors and none of them have a problem. Mostly I think management does a good job of getting on top of things before it spreads. Cuz really, they can't stop people from bringing bedbugs in -
but I was happy that they took my complaint seriously and acted right away.
UNHAPPY VANCOUVERITE on 04/08/2015
If you plan to live here, Please don't. Run away and don't even bother entering the building. There is an odd smell. Can't tell what it was but the nearby garbage cans near the front entrance is a clue. The managers promised me all pests are gone and they have cleaned up the entire building. My first night there I could not sleep. I was itchy, I had never experienced anything like it. I tried talking to the managers of the building and they tried blaming me saying it was my fault and/or it was a
ll in my head. Finally on the 3rd day they brought up a exterminator and he found several animals all over the bedroom and near the wall where the bed was. I must say that this was a bed that came with the room. I was told the previous tenants had to leave the country and everything was brand new. How could I argue as it all looked brand new furniture from Ikea. That was one of the reasons I took the place. I was desperate. since the day the exterminator came and fumigated the place, I can't get rid of the nasty smell from my clothes and books. Everything is stained and has the same smell like that of the chemical used to treat the bugs. I moved out 2 days later. I noticed that the manager I made the deal with was no longer the manager of the building. So i had to deal with the person above them and is not willing to return my money. i didn't even stay there longer than 7 days. this entire experience is horrendous and i hope no good person ever gets to deal with this.
AVOID THIS BUILDING AND ANY OF THE POWELL STREET HOLDINGS LTD AS THEIR OTHER BUILDINGS HAVE THE SAME ISSUES.
Brian on 12/28/2012
I lived at 90 Alexander for 3 years but it was just before the bedbug out break.I moved to Winnipeg and googled 90 Alexander from time to time hoping to be able to find some tenants that I was friends with. I couldn't' believe the heart breaking stories I read on this site.
I was living in a nice apartment in Winnipeg ..far from crashing trains that woke me every nite , or the smell of people smoking crack .
Everything was going great..but within a month I noticed I had extremely itchy welt
s on my legs. I had just came back from camping and thought it was poison oak...WRONG!!!
Yep...sure enough , bed bugs alright. It was the worse thing I ever went through. I ended throwing EVERYTHING I owned and had to start from scratch. (no pun intended).
I wish there was a way for these so called landlords be forced to take responsibility. It's a health issue ! There HAS to be someone these tenants can turn to.
Slum Landlords - GASTOWN on 11/06/2012
We currently live at 90 Alexander Street and have been combatting infestations for three years-we HAD to invest in a portable steam cleaner (to kill the suckers) and do our mattress and box-spring every second weekend (and carpets) which takes about seven hours to complete-it's pretty labour intensive, we have to buy all our own supplies, the Property Manager and the building manager BOTH are aware that they LIED to the residents about being infestation free-but there is no recourse against them
for this misleading information that causes people to lose not only their sense of safety, quality of life etc. but also their possessions-bedding, clothing, everything and the management does nothing but raise the rents. It has cost us more to live here in the long run, but we cannot afford to go anywhere else. You can complain to the city inspectors which we have done-but even the COV doesn't want to touch these buildings...I often wonder how this building keeps passing inspection with all it's problems. Now, we have a new couple and they are just as disinterested in dealing with tenants and these situations as ever before. I wouldn't reccommend living here unless you want to get screamed at for making a legitimate complaint about noise or even if you just want some heat inside your unit. I don't speak "Screaming Banshee" fluently, so I don't even talk to the managers anymore. We don't have too many issues in our unit with the bugs due to our OWN DILLGENCE and it's too damn cold for bugs but we are still over-run with mice. I wish I could attach photo's to show what we have to clean up everyday-piles of mice droppings and brick and lathe debris from rodents clawing their way in through the rotting out walls of the structure itself. I've been through THREE vaccuum cleaners while living here. No reimbursement for cleaning, supplies or anything that costs you to live here-even when they say things are included they are not-like the crappy internet. Now they call it "complimentary" internet so they don't have to be responsible when it isn't working-they just tell you to get your own if you are unhappy or move. People, just do yourself a favor-don't rent from Powell Street Management, PERIOD. THEY SUCK, and are not a real Property Management firm, anyways.
VANESSA on 03/27/2011
Lived in this building for a year and a half. Just after they had gutted and renovated after the fire below.
I broke my tenancy agreement and withheld rent due to the complete overthrow of bugs & rodents. I'm talking full infestation.
1000$ bed - covered in bugs, had to throw out it was to infested and not worth saving.
(eggs, baby bug & huge ones filled with my blood)
$300 laundry & drycleaning which was a horrible experience because they washed all my dryclean coats and have lost mos
t of my expensive wardrobe.
$200 - cleaning products and time wasted moving my entire apartment around.
*Also my cats killed two mice while i was there and there was so many cockroaches i had a non-existing kitchen. My cereal was in the fridge.
Once i came home and as i opened the door, a cockroach fell down my back. So when i went to get changed i fell out of my shirt. They would literally crawl all over the walls.
I moved to a year old, really expensive building, with concrete floors. It's the cleanest, freshest place you could pick. AND I JUST DISCOVERED BED BUGS AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have had enough. It's ruining my life. And all because i lived in this SHIT building.
RENT IS CHEAP BUT WHAT IS YOUR PEICE OF MIND WORTH???
FUCK 90 ALEXANDER THAT PLEACE IS WORSE THEN A CRACK HOUSE.
Anonymous on 12/25/2010
12/23/2010-Bed bugs on the third floor, and now even found on the first floor. Someone rented a room, disappeared a week later, and left his invested bed. Manager been informed, knows about it, will take action after Christmas holidays.
Roachface on 10/13/2009
This building is currently infested with a plethora of different species of insect. Everyday the number of bugs seem to be getting larger. I have had my apartment fumigated once however unfortunately less than a week later smaller versions of the insects are appearing. Just to see how severe the infestation was I laid a piece of sticky paper down to allow insects into the trap and I was actually disgusted with the amount. At least 100 insects. Two species. Smaller golden cockroaches, as well as
an unidentified small black beetle with a golden band around it's waste. The beetle is my main concern as I have found litterally hundreds of them. They are everywhere. Underneath clean plates, walls, bed, not to mention any perishable food or grain which is left out has to be thrown away. And I haven't even mentioned the bedbugs. There are so many. I have kept specimens of them to show the building manager. I have eight of then trapped in a sealed match container. This place is beautiful, but it's just not worth the constant fear of having one of these things crawl over your face at night, (which has happened twice) that's right, cockroach.
Anonymous on 06/22/2009
Moved in on the 1st of June. There was a fire in the restaurant below and extensive water damage to the floors above, The building had to be gutted and completely renovated on each floor, in fact I saw the suite before renovations were done, it was just wood framing and exposed brick. The building was essentially vacant for about 3 months in the winter until the construction began... but 3 days after I moved in I saw single bedbugs roaming about the room, and in larger numbers at night. I ima
gine the infestation is so well established by now, because I\'ve seen them out during the day. I\'ve had the building manager fumigate twice, but they are such a resilient little species, it amazes me how they can survive. great location and $420.00 for a spacious room with 2 windows on the 3rd floor, I really liked it, but you have to choose your battles in life.
Anonymous on 05/04/2009
we were told by the building manager that it was a "one hundred percent bug-free building". shortly upon arrival, we began to find single bed bugs sparsely around the apartment. we lived there for a month. our shower looked like that of a prison chamber, and did not work. our kitchen was extremely uncomfortable, and there was bird poo all over the windows, cracks in the floor, cockroaches, etc. this building is not well-maintained, and the bed bugs/mice are unavoidable. also, they trash EVERYTHI
NG. there is no recycling program. overpriced, and the day we left we got robbed.
Anonymous on 01/29/2009
i lived in an apartment on the 3rd floor. i have since moved, however, my room was infested so badly with bed bugs, i used to cry at night and considered sleeping on a friend's couch because i would get bitten so badly. i gt maybe 2- 3 hours sleep a night. the bugs were especially bad from august 2008- to december 2008. it was very stressful and i'm so thankful to be out. my room was infested since october 2007 when i moved in.
MrSpock on 10/02/2008
Just moved in to furnished single room on 2nd flr. Numerous bedbugs in my mattress, killed 2 cockroaches, and 1 small mouse.
another on 07/22/2008
relentless infestations throughout 2 years tenancy here. Management : dismissive, neglectful.
Bedbugs, Cockroaches, Mice.
Anonymous on 07/19/2008
bed bugs in my own apt, and after speaking with the manager, found that there are bed bugs in other units as well.