Just when the flood of incoming students will be at its apex, one of Gainesville luxury apartments, housing over 500 students will be closing the complex to all renters. Yes, at the end of August, Bartram Luxury apartments will be closing. This apartment complex is located on Archer road, just across the street from the University of Florida campus. These luxury apartments were built-in 2008 and house some 500 students in 334 units. These units rent for $1,101.00 per month for 643 sq. ft. of living space to $2,204.00 for 1,580 sq. ft. of living space. The larger units are three bedrooms and three baths, so ultimately, you are sharing your apartment with two other people.
Why are they closing you may ask? Well chicken little – the sky is falling…… not really, but the roof might! It was discovered that the three-year old complex suffers from shoddy workmanship. There is a pending lawsuit which alleges there was “defective work” done on the roof, roof trusses, parapet walls, balconies and stair landings. In light of the situation, Bartram management has decided to go ahead and repair the defective work prior to the outcome of the lawsuit. The management states in a letter to the residents: “Due to the length of time associated with the lawsuit, we feel it is in the best interest of our residents and our community to proactively move forward in financing and implementing the repairs.” “Please be assured that there are no safety issues and the well-being of our tenants is, and always will be our top priority.”
The Bartram announced it is allowing any resident out of his or her lease without penalty and would pay up to $500 in moving expenses for residents who indicated they would have been renewing their leases.