Beware. This unit smells like sewage!
As soon as we walked through the door the smell was quite strong; it was coming from the drains in the kitchen and bathroom. We contacted the owner and were told several different things. First, she had issues in the past, she advised us to run the water for a long time, this did not help. She had plumbers in a few times to fix the issue and she would call one. She had contacted the lady who does maintenance for the units and that lady has encountered this smell in other units she said the smell was most likely coming from behind the fridge (where the washer and dryer was hooked up). The cleaning lady offered to come by and pour vinegar down the drain to mask the smell (but not fix it, we would still have to breathe sewage). The lady never showed up. During our last conversation the owner changed her story again stating she had never had a problem with this in the past! None of the window mechanisms work, a serious issue when trying to vent out sewage gas. The owner said the windows have been like that for a few years. The water pressure is horrific, which we suspect contributes to the sewage smell as the P-Trap probably does not get filled. In fact, there is no P-Trap under the sink, rumour has it it's below grade. Kitchen sing was plugged up for the majority of the week. The bathroom fan is always on and it's very loud. The owner later told us this is normal and it is always running for ventilation. We suspect this is to try and remediate the sewage smell. Other issues: sliding door was broken, paint on the deck peeling, the unit was dirty and overall quite frumpy, the couch was in poor condition, the thermostat is broken, the heaters were on even though it was middle of August, the unit was extremely hot during the day, and there's no air conditioning. Bottom line we tried to be away from this unit as much as possible and it ruined our vacation. The owner did refund us $400 but that's hardly compensation for breathing in sewage fumes all week. If we knew the unit smelled like sewage we wouldn't have stayed there for free. Best part, she said the cleaning lady (who previously admitted that this is a known issue in other units) was in there and didn't smell anything so we must have made it up. The owner also suggested that we should be more 'easy going' when renting with VRBO. I wish there was a review like this here before we rented it!
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