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Students met with bugs, mildew in 'move-in ready' Raleigh apartments

Posted August 15
Updated August 16

Parents and students did not expect the site they were met with Tuesday when they showed up at the Vie at Raleigh apartment complex on Wolf Creek Circle for move in day.

— Classes at North Carolina State University begin Wednesday but on Tuesday night, some students were dealing with unexpected housing issues.

Parents and students did not expect the sight they were met with Tuesday when they showed up at the Vie at Raleigh apartment complex on Wolf Creek Circle for move in day.

“We’ve had to repair the dryer vent. There’s no filter in the air conditioner. It is nasty. I’ve never seen anything so nasty,” tenant Morgan Langdon said.

Langdon said her apartment was so disgusting that she tried to break her lease on the spot, after multiple conversations with an apartment representative.

“He said that it would be cleaned. They first said by the end of the day, and we were like ‘we start school tomorrow so we need to be in our apartment today. We have no place to sleep tonight,’” she said.

Students met with bugs, mildew in âmove-in readyâ Raleigh apartments

At about 5 p.m., Langdon said her apartment was “still disgusting.”

Vie is not affiliated with local universities but boasts shuttle services for students and NC State and William Peace universities on it’s website.

Inside the leasing office, several dozen parents and students lined up with complaints of broken door frames, bugs, odors and missing pieces of furniture. They said they were promised “move-in ready” units.

Students met with bugs, mildew in âmove-in readyâ Raleigh apartments

Parent Shenae Pruitt said she bought supplies at Walmart, but she’s not sure they will make a difference.

“The mirrors were smeared. There’s mildew in the toilets and on the tubs. There was a wad of old chewed up chewing gum in the window sill,” she said.

Students met with bugs, mildew in âmove-in readyâ Raleigh apartments

Parents said the only explanation they have been given for the problems is that a maintenance crew quit at the last minute.

A representative at the leasing office did not want to speak with WRAL News but said that the Vie at Raleigh apartment complex has about 1,300 units and roughly 50 people are complaining. The complex is managed by Miami-based Via Management. WRAL has reached out for comment.

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  • Peter Thibodeau Aug 16, 8:57 p.m.
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    Another article states that management at The Vie said repairs would be done by tonight. Not true. My daughter and two of her roommates still have no water or hot water. No response from management as of tonight. Ridiculous.

  • Eric Rothman Aug 16, 3:44 p.m.
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    Sounds like lawyers need to shut this place down!

  • Tara Powell Aug 16, 2:27 p.m.
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    My daughter is a Junior at Meredith and she and 3 girls signed up to live in a 4/4 unit at the Vie in May. They were going to be paired with another girl. After continual calls we found out the 4th "girl" was a 50 year old woman. That was not going to work and I have no idea why a 50 year old would want to live with college kids. The next room mate we found out about 3 days before move in. My daughter went to meet her she said the apartment was filthy and the girl smoked and she was not a college student. I called the Vie multiple times and no phone calls were returned so we went over there on Monday and got their room switched again to a much better apartment with another college student from Meredith. The "largest resort style" pool in Raleigh is filled with water but not open. They say there are issues with the permit. According to their address and city of raleigh permitting there are no open permits for the pool. A lot of permits that expired and never address. Fire code issues.

  • Peter Thibodeau Aug 16, 12:10 p.m.
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    Additionally, the number one amenity listed on their website is "Largest Resort Style Pool in Raleigh". The pool has been closed all season and not open for use. Looks pretty, though. Feels like classic bait and switch, what they offer vs. deliver.

  • Eric Browning Aug 16, 5:42 a.m.
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    These places are disgusting. I'm amazed anyone chooses to live here just after reading reviews.