These old apartments on the corner of 9th and F St are owned and "managed" by Al and Sim Kashikar. There is no central management or management presence in the complex whatsoever. The apartments are ancient, unrenovated, smelly, and falling apart. If you have the misfortune of renting here make sure you take pictures of literally everything because Al will nickle and dime you out of your security deposit for things as small as rumpled window blinds. Not to mention their late fees are borderline criminal. Al and Sim are some of the most predatory and unscrupulous landlords in Davis.
I can verify this as a previous renter of an apartment at 9th and F St. Al and Sim are slumlords who will remove large sums from your security deposits for damages that were there upon move-in. Al verbally approved repair of a internet outlet to the ATT repairman, and then wouldn't refund us for the $200 repair - which is illegal. When we requested that he pay us back according to tenant law, he said he had "never approved it." Sim had our apartment shown to prospective tenants without notifying us (illegal), which led to me being locked out of my own apartment for an hour (I had no deadbolt key (illegal), and the deadbolt was on). Apparently the property manager locks the door prior to showing apartments. When I complained to Sim about not notifying me, she screamed at me that it was somehow my fault(???). I am not even exaggerating, she yelled and insulted me for her mistake. I was so shocked that I ended up crying while the property manager (who was a decent person, thank goodness) apologized to me. Also, the drying machine was messed up for a while and made the worst, loudest grinding noise - which wouldn't have been as much of an issue if people weren't doing their laundry at 2AM. This isn't even half of the problems I had while living here. I actually liked the apartment layout, but Sim and Al Kashikar are terrible human beings.
I created an account just to make people aware about the the scams of Al and Sim. First of all, they showed us one apartment and rented us another one claiming it was the "same layout". Rooms were considerable smaller, but of course, they made this claim on the phone so there was no proof. Throughout the year Al was completely absent. It is useless to text him or email him. We had a three fall over in our backyard and Al only fixed it when it was time to move out. Our experience was already terrible but during move out it got even worst. Two weeks before move out Al showed up unannounced with the excuse to finally fix the three branch (I suspect he just want to check for potential damage). I mentioned I would be the one doing all the moving out since my roommates were already gone and we agreed on a pre move out inspection two weeks later. During move out day, Sim started texting me and calling at 8.00 AM asking for receipts from carpet cleanners and cleaning companies (which they sneakly put in your contract). She yells at you on the phone and tries to bully you. She accused me of having damaged the apartment without even seeing it. I sincerely believe that she has some sort of mental disability. Finally, they denied my move out inspection claiming that all the roommates were not there (?) and called my move out professional cleaners a joke. To put a cherry on top of the cake they sent me a check with the name of all three roommates despite me once again repeatedly asking them not to because my other roommates were already living out of the state.
Al and Sim are among the most unethical, dishonest and unscrupulous persons I've ever came across living in this country. For anyone thinking about renting one of their apartments, I have a few advices: (1) Make sure you see the EXACT apartment that you are renting. (2) Read your contract carefully, there will be several sneaky clauses (contract runs for only 360 days, you are required to hire professional cleaners, etc.) (3) Accept the idea that your landlord will be completely absent. (4) Assume that they will do everything possible for you not to get your deposit back.