I found a rental property in Manhattan NY and the owner/renter's name was David Sadek. He was unprofessional, disorganized, and most of all, dishonest.
I rented an apartment through him and everything had to be communicated via Email or through his assistant, Stephanie, which was a disaster. I paid full rent in advance with additional $500 for damage deposit. I was instructed to contact Stephanie once I got to NYC and I was supposed to meet her. It was difficult getting a hold of her. When I finally did, she said she unexpectedly went out of town and was unable to meet me. She said she left instructions with the doorman to let me in when I arrive at the apartment. If I had never called her, I wouldn't have known all of this. Shouldn't she be the one calling me to tell me this???? I started to panic and thought it was a scam so scrambled onto the internet to search for the doorman's phone number online. I finally got a phone number and called the doorman my self and confirmed that I can check in when I arrive.
Now, for the worse part..... According to the contract, I should get my $500 damage deposit within 14 days of checkout. Well, I never did. I kept emailing David Sadek but he never responded. I called Stephanie but she wouldn't pick up. It's gotten to the point where it sounded like she turned off her phone because the calls just went straight to her voice mail. There were no damages to the apartment... even if he thought there was an issue, at least have the courtesy to reply to my email !! This guy's email domain is firstfi.com. I thought he was someone important from First Financial Equities but this is not true.
After 1+ month of trying to get my refund, I decided to open a dispute with him via PayPal. One week later, PayPal notified me that he agreed to refund my deposit. However, it takes up to 5 days to appear on my account so we shall see....