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An Affordable Option
The Budget-Suites is an all-inclusive extended-stay property chain that rents studios and one-bedroom apartments on a weekly and month-to-month basis. The affordable properties are located in three western states with multiple locations in each of the states they serve.
Because they advertise "no credit checks," their rentals offer a realistic option for applicants with bad credit and for those with an eviction on their credit report or a judgment against them.
According to their advertisements, all the Budget Suites locations feature fully furnished apartments, with all utilities included and the flexibility to pay the rent on a weekly or monthly basis.
With a few exceptions, most of the locations are laid out in the same manner, from the exteriors to the interiors. It should be noted that the units tend to be older and decorated with outdated furniture.
They feature full-size kitchen appliances, and some of their properties advertise that they have been recently renovated, which is extremely important to some, given the age of the properties.
- HBO and ESPN (Arizona and Texas locations)
- Showtime and ESPN (Nevada locations)
- Wifi available at most locations
- Free Phone for Local Calls and Voicemail
- Private Bedrooms
- Full-Size Kitchens and Appliances
- Stove, Refrigerator, Oven, and more
- Newly remodeled Laundry Rooms with brand new Washers and Dryers
- Offices Open Seven Days a Week
- On-site Covered Parking (most Arizona and Nevada locations)
- Resort-Style Pools and Spas
- On-site Maintenance
- On-site Property Management
- Complimentary Parking
- Courtesy Patrol Seven Days a Week
- Deluxe Flooring
- High-Speed Internet
- Flat Screen TV
Where Are They Located?
The Budget Suites Extended Stay chain offers locations in Arizona, Nevada and Texas.
The Arizona locations are concentrated in the Metropolitan Phoenix area:
- Central Phoenix
- Deer Valley (North Phoenix)
The Nevada locations are concentrated in the Las Vegas Metropolitan area:
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- Las Vegas Strip
- Tropicana I-15
- South Cove
The Texas locations are mostly concentrated in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metro area (DFW), as well as the San Antonio area:
- Addison (North of Dallas)
- Grand Prairie (Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex)
- Lamar (SW of Dallas)
- Lewisville (Far NW of Dallas)
- The Colony (Far NW of Dallas)
- North Dallas
- Empire Central/Dallas
- Fossil Creek/Fort Worth
- Loop 12/Dallas
- Las Colinas/Irving
- San Antonio
The following video shows a young woman giving a tour of her Budget Suites weekly apartment rental unit located in the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) metropolitan area:
The Pros & Cons
Let us first delve into the cons. Because of the transient nature of many of the tenants, the Budget Suites locations often see a higher than average amount of criminal activity, and police cruisers are a common sight for residents.
Many of the properties are old and musty and they definitely show their age. The chain is owned by billionaire Robert Bigelow, and although some of the locations advertise upgrades, Bigelow doesn't seem to be all that interested in fully renovating his properties.
According to many reviews, there tends to be a high amount of questionable practices by employees of the chain. There are constant complaints that they use sketchy tactics to try to deny security deposits, and many reviews show the employees to be rude and unprofessional.
Budget Suites Pros
As far as the pros are concerned, because the Budget Suites chain does not process credit checks on their applicants, the properties would be ideal for someone with bad credit or for someone with an eviction on their credit report.
Their low weekly and monthly rate apartments with all utilities included might offer a good second chance rental opportunity for someone wanting to settle down and work on fixing their credit, paying off the eviction, or disputing it in credit repair.
The final verdict on the Budget Suites extended stay properties is that it could be a decent opportunity for someone to get back up on their feet, given a few caveats and heavily dependent upon the location.
Nothing is worth truly risking personal safety, so it's probably a good idea to ride through the property and check out the atmosphere after dark before making a final decision to give it a try.
If you do decide to stay at a Budget Suites property, I would say to thoroughly clean and sanitize your unit as best you can because, as you can see from the video, there are many reports and images of unsanitary living conditions in some areas.
It might be a good idea to make sure you bring plenty of Lysol (if you can find Lysol or any alternative disinfectant spray), a plastic mattress cover is an absolute must, and be sure to cover cloth-covered furniture, such as the couch.
If you have children, it should go without saying that you need to be diligent about keeping your eyes on them at all times. It's not a good idea to let them go out and play without responsible supervision—I'm sure this one is universal for every situation, but it goes double for locations with transient populations.
Always be aware of your surroundings, document interactions with employees, take pictures and video upon moving out, and always pay using a debit or credit card so you can dispute anything crazy.
Finally, remember to keep your safety and the safety of your family members always at the forefront of your thoughts, keep your head down, and do whatever you need to do to get yourself into a cleaner, safer, and more stable standard of living.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Rachelle Williams
Rachelle Williams (author) from Tempe, AZ on February 01, 2021:
You're Welcome! Thank you for your support. I really hope this article helps someone in need!
fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on February 01, 2021:
Rachelle, thank you for a very informative article with your tips on health and safety. Good to know!
Rachelle Williams (author) from Tempe, AZ on January 31, 2021:
I truly hope so. Thank you so much for your support Cheryl!
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on January 31, 2021:
This will help a lot of unfortunate people