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  • So they couldn’t save any of that sweet tile work in the lobby? Sad.

  • It looks really good. My only criticism is the removal of the tiles on the lobby floor. They were attractive and should’ve been incorporated into the design. They would’ve softened the lobby a bit and given it character.

  • It may look nice but UIP is a nightmare to work with as a management company.

    • Any specifics? They are one on many buildings bidding on one I live in and we are trying to decide on which developer to choose.

      • Sorry!

        They are one of many developers bidding on a building I live in. Any specifics as to why they were not so great to work with would be great.

        Thanks!

        • As a tenant in one of their buildings, they are terrible to work with. We moved into a renovated building in Petworth last year and have had several issues. One is that they said they would finish renovating the basement within a few months. It is now January, so, about 9 months later, and they are still not done. Some other tenants have a law suit going against them for it, as they begin at 7 am, even on weekends. They also have sent about a dozen notices about cutting off the water and gas due to ‘renovations,’ but give a time frame of a full week each time, with the time of 8 am to 5 pm. It’s ridiculous how much it has dragged on.

          Second, their rent paying online system is awful. It made automatic mistakes on our accounts several times, resulting in UIP tallying these IT errors as ‘bounced checks’ even though we’ve never bounced a check. After 2 or 3 errors (which they made but insist that they can’t take them off the system…BS), you have to pay by cashiers check, which is obviously extremely inconvenient.

          The building has major cockroach problems and UIP is not quick to follow up with treatments, nor have they treated the overall building versus individual units.

          Finally, we have had problems with leakage from other units and UIP has consistently tried to blame it on the tenant whose apartment it is coming from instead of fixing the problem. It has happened half a dozen times and it is mind boggling how the company refuses to take responsibility. Also, the woman we are always referred to is rather a witch and is extremely rude and unpleasant to deal with. I’ve heard of other tenants having problems as well. I’d go with someone else if I were you.

          • I’m going to agree with many of the problems with UIP – also living in one of their properties in Petworth (sadly it sounds like the same property as the one mentioned below – although I will say I have not encountered cockroaches and I am now praying they are a problem that is isolated to some of the lower floors) The water shut offs are a constant annoyance, as is the 8 am construction start times. I would not move into one of their new properties until you are sure the construction phase has ended. If your property is being purchased by them, I would seriously consider a buyout and walking away from that multi-year long mess

          • I recently moved out of an UIP renovated property because I bought a home. I enjoyed my time living there and have recommended the building to friends. The renovation was top notch and I had modern amenities (i.e. new kitchen, bath, and my own central AC and heating system) in an apartment that still had some old character (i.e hard floors and exposed brick). I happened to move in during the end of the renovation period. I had expected the remaining renovation to be somewhat of headache that I was willing to live with. In the end it was similar to the inconveniences I’ve faced at other buildings I lived at where a renovation wasn’t going on and the building had not been upgraded. Eventually the renovation and inconvenience ended. If I had not bought a house I would still be living there today.

  • Yeah. They could have done a nice restoration of that lobby for far cheaper than that fugly modern overhaul. I like the balconies though.

  • Why couldn’t those idiots save that beautiful historic tile????

  • Maybe the tiles were torn up as part of the asbestos remediation? I watched workers pull out many dumpsters of asbestos-contaminated material, along with oil-soaked material. This seemed like a pretty complex renovation which is why the building may have stood empty for so long before the renovations began.

  • Well, the indiviguals who are still paying old rent prices are coming up

  • Wow. I am seriously impressed at how they took a place with history and character and made it look just like every other “modern” building in the country. That takes an epic lack of vision.

    Also, it’s worth noting the sad depletion of available building materials other than granite and dark-stain laminate. Why, I remember when you could get kitchen cabinets in a range of colors and finishes! *shakes head sadly*

  • UIP is selling that property and the one on Kenyon. I know this because I am a local Property Manager and our owners are in discussions of buying it. UIP is moving the majority of their properties in the United States. UIP isn’t a good management team, but you will not have them for much longer.

    • “uipisleaving” – Do you have any other details on UIP selling? Could this be why they have been so slow to lease this building?

      While a nice renovation, the prices after the first year’s concessions (they were offering a free month and reduced rent when my partner looked at this building at an open house, sometimes of hundreds of dollars a month difference) are pretty steep and can be more than the price at the newer full-service projects. While rent controlled, UIP goes by the “market rent” and not what they could actually attract potential renters with the first year. So in your next year you could be paying hundreds (read: $500+) more than you were the previous year and that is without the free month consideration. Why would anyone stick around?

      Whenever I’ve looked at DC apartments in the past there has been a line of prospective renters so that tells me something when it appears very few people are living here.

      • I know that they are not much in the terms of property management, the company is based out of Europe and focuses mostly on rehab and turns. They are slow to respond because the management side isnt where they make their money. I cannot speak for its rental prices or concessions, I have not seen their numbers or interiors,finishes etc.

        The best case scenerio is the sale goes through, it would would be good for the community in general I think. That is pretty much all I can say on it now.

  • The buildings are not for sale. UIP is not selling all of its real estate. We own and manage many properties and at any given time one or two may be for sale. This property is not, nor is Kenyon Street.

    The tile in the lobby was replaced because it was badly damaged in numerous areas and could not be saved. We did save the same tile in the stairwell landings; repaired and refinished the tile there and it looks great. UIP nominated the property as a historic landmark and it is now a designated historic landmark. We restored the front facade of the building to it’s original state, with the balconies.

    In 2012 UIP was awarded Best Condominium Conversion of 2012, by Delta Associates for the renovation tenant sponsored conversion at 1801 / 1811 Wyoming Avenue NW. 14 tenants purchased their rental apartment and three (3) elderly retruned and continued to rent at their pre-conversion rent amount.

    Many of our buildings are not 100% renovated like 1346 Park Road or 1801/1811 Wyoming Avenue was and sometime legacy systems cause problems; leaks, etc. We work hard to fix things fast and to make things right, when and if they go wrong.

    If you have an issue that remains unresolved for more than a day or two, please contact Steve Schwat at sschwat@uipllc.com. Steve will respond personally and make sure the issue is investigated and resolved immediately.

    UIP is a strong, stable, 15 year old firm. Our online rent payment system is part of the Yardi software the firm runs; the most prolific resident management software in the US. Sometimes setting up on-line payments can be difficult, but UIP’s team of Resident Service Coordinators are here to assist you with that process (service@uippm.com or 202-244 3811 x1)

    We welcome comments and the opportunity to respond and fix those things that may need fixing. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • The buildings are not for sale. UIP is not selling all of its real estate. We own and manage many properties and at any given time one or two may be for sale. This property is not, nor is Kenyon Street.

    The tile in the lobby was replaced because it was badly damaged in numerous areas and could not be saved. We did save the same tile in the stairwell landings; repaired and refinished the tile there and it looks great. UIP nominated the property as a historic landmark and it is now a designated historic landmark. We restored the front facade of the building to its original state, with the balconies.

    In 2012 UIP was awarded Best Condominium Conversion of 2012, by Delta Associates for the renovation of the tenant sponsored conversion at 1801 / 1811 Wyoming Avenue NW. 14 Tenants purchased their rental apartment and three (3) elderly tenants returned and continued to rent at their old rent controled rents.

    Many of our buildings are not 100% renovated like 1346 Park Road or 1801/1811 Wyoming Avenue was and sometime legacy systems cause problems; leaks, etc. We work hard to fix things fast and to make things right, when and if they go wrong.

    If you have an issue that remains unresolved for more than a day or two, please contact Steve Schwat at sschwat@uipllc.com. Steve will respond personally and make sure the issue is investigated and resolved immediately.

    UIP is a strong, stable, 15 year old firm. Our online rent payment system is part of the Yardi software the firm runs; the most prolific resident management software in the US. Sometimes setting up on-line payments can be difficult but UIP’s team of Resident Service Coordinators are here to assist you with that process, just call or email service@uippm.com or (202) 244-3811 x 1.

    We welcome comments and the opportunity to respond and fix those things that may need fixing. We look forward to hearing from you.

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