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I enjoyed my month-long stay at Suzan's basement apartment. It was a great price ($900/month) for a large private space with its own entrance and bathroom. The location was great, within 5 min walk to the subway, and Suzan was very friendly and quick with her responses. For the kitchen area, there was a fridge, microwave, toaster oven, coffee machine, and kettle provided. The bathroom was newly renovated. As per the previous guests comments, there was a space heater provided, the basement door does open all the way now, the extra storage items don't make much difference as there is tons of room in the space, and the wifi was fast during my stay. The only problem I noticed was that at times it could be quite noisy upstairs (i.e., with hardwood floors, kids, and dogs), but with headphones or earplugs it was barely noticeable, and there was never any noise past 11pm or before 8am.
I have a few suggestions to make this space even better but for the price I think it was good quality as is...
1) a queen bed instead of a twin in case two people stay, as there is lots of room for a larger bed
2) a more sound-proof door between the upstairs & downstairs
3) a hot plate or elective stove to make the kitchen complete
Rating for the premises is 7/10 and for the landlord is 2/10.
1. Location: area with lots of cafes; 5 mins to subway; not that far from Pearson Airport; free parking nearby
2. Premises: nice renovation, bright, clean, kitchen appliance; 2 big rooms, nice bedroom and bathroom
3. Landlord: very organized, responded pretty fast
- Heating system. No way to survive without 2 heaters during cold seasons. Had to wear sweater and woolen socks. Yes, the house is old, however just providing a tenant with one extra heater would solve the problem
- Poor insulation
- The living room is full of stuff, so you feel like living in a storage
- No windows in the bedroom
- Low ceiling. Highest is about 6.11 (210 cm) and the lowest (communication channel) is about 5.10 (178cm) and goes through the whole premises
- The entrance door is opening no wider than 40cm
- Slow Wi-Fi. Can't use Skype comfortably. By the end of the month I couldn't use it even for emails
- No laundry
2. The landlord appeared to be offensive and agressive.
I asked the following questions when I moved in:
- will the door be fixed
- will the cooking top be provided
Her answer was "I have another person interested in the space and if you are not satisfied I think you might want to find alternate arrangements"
Then during the first 12 days I asked:
- 2 times to solve problem with the heating
- about the noize (somebody was playing basketball at the first floor, so it was unacceptably noizy in the basement). I never commented on noize other than that.
- if the premises has a freezer
When I commented on heating the second or third time, the landlord unexpectedly came to the basement and started yell at me. The idea was that I had "constant complains", that I was "cooking there" and "keep bringing stuff here". When I politely tried to ask what was wrong with that, the landlord told me that she "is not going to argue", she wants me to leave, I'm going to deal with AirBnB myself, and she doesn't care.
The next day (Thursday night) I received the message: "As you are consistently unhappy in the space I am have asking you to kindly vacate the space by this sunday". So, she wanted to kick me out in the middle of my stay giving 2.5 days notice and promised to give me back $400 out of $960 (42%) (including AirBnB fee)
The most frustrating was that she gave herself a right to yell at me. It was so stressful, that I couldn't sleep for several days an still feel that stress.
I had no place to move out, I had to ask the landlord to allow me to stay, promissing not to bother her at all until the end of my stay. She allowed. Thank you very much, tt was so kind!
First of all. I request to the owner to change the change the check in date. She told me that it was not a problem. I arrived 5 days latter to the original date, but she never changed the date in the sistem. So I pay since the 3rd of january but I'll arrived on the 8th.
Second. The stairs-exclusive access to the baseman place does not have any kind do maintenance. Therefore, it's dangerous and easy to have an accident because during winter es full of snow and ice and the entrance does not have illumination. So you have to down the stairs without light and trying to avoid falling down.
Third. The entrance door it's terrible. It's always un porpoise locket every time. It doesn't open more than 25 cms. Therefore you have to figure out how sneak you into the place, but if you bring bags or packages it would be impossible. Then you can not bring a bag or a package bigger than 25 cms. It's something terrible. How about if you are overweight? Or bring a box?.
Forth, the place is full of their stuff. It's their storage place. Then, you have to stay in the middle of everything.
Worst! The heat does not function pretty well and it is essential in Canada. I had needed to buy a portable heater because the cold was extreme in a city, Toronto, around -30 celcius degree. That's UNHEALTHY!.
I had to leave the place before the planned check out date bacuse I could tolerate the cold during nights and every day when I came back to the place I had to struggle with the door in the middle of the back yard full of snow and without any light. Every night!
I feel totally defraud wit he Airbn and especially with the listing that I selected. It's awful and unhealthy. I must leave the place because I start to feel sick. It's unfair to pretend charge me a penalty for leave the place before the planned date because the place is not healthy.
Suzan is a great host and if you're looking for privacy that's a good option. It's also pretty close to the subway (3-4min walking), restaurants and other stores. The basement has a great space and they could improve if they could create a separate room for their stuff so the guest would feel more like home.
Suzan's place is large for a bachelor's - and in fact, it's the size of the average one-bedroom unit. The location is quiet, but still near a metro station near downtown, which is very important for convenience. In addition, there is a lot of privacy in staying here. You'd feel that you're staying at your own place, separate entrance, personal living room, bathroom, and all. Suzan was also helpful in supplying some items which I did not bring on this trip, such as towels. On the whole, I rested well here!
Suzan's place is quite large and homey. They have some of their things stored in the suite, but it wasn't a bother to me. The bathroom is clean and modern. There is a fridge and coffee/tea making appliances. The twin bed and bedding were comfy. There was a tv connected to a DVD but it didn't try it out. It is quite and private.
You will get more than what you require in privacy at Suzan's. I stayed a full three weeks and did not feel that I was in someone else's home because this basement is a separate unit with its own entrance. That said, the family is very helpful whenever you may need help with something. The space has all that you need in terms of a bedroom, bathroom and basic kitchen amenities. The location is prime and most convenient; it's a short walk from the subway station (Ossington) that is close to the central interchanges. I encourage anyone needing privacy and time out in Toronto to spend time here. I was very busy during this time and found myself really productive in this space. Don't miss out on eating at the Hogtown Vegan on Ossington!!