“Yelp” for Landlords: Search These Sites Before You Move In
Apartment hunting is tough. On top of moving costs, and you know, finding a place to live, you have to worry about whether or not your landlord is actually trustworthy. It’s no surprise then that landlord-rating sites have begun popping up all over the internet, offering reviews and insights from tenants across the globe.
Kind of like Yelp for landlords, these sites can be a great resource when apartment searching, but should also be taken with a grain of salt. So to help make your house hunt a bit easier, we broke down three of the most popular landlord review sites on the web for your consideration. And while we can’t promise the perfect landlord, we can guarantee you’ll at least have a heads up on a crummy one.
Rate My Landlord
The first site of its kind, Rate My Landlord allows you to search through their online database of landlords starting with a name, company, city, or zip code. Designed as a “reference check for landlords,” the site offers ratings, comments, and other miscellany about the landlord in question, as well as forums for discussing tenant-related issues. It’s completely free to join and encourages you to sign up for specific landlord alerts, so you can be immediately notified of a new landlord review or rating. The only thing Rate My Landlord asks is that “If you’re angry at your landlord then please wait a while before you rate them. Ratings or comments added while you’re upset won’t benefit anyone.” Fair enough (and probably true).
Review My Landlord
Similar to Rate My Landlord but slightly more user-friendly, Review My Landlord requires a distinct neighborhood or address and then offers all the property and landlord reviews in the immediate area. Complete with a up-to-five-star-rating system, the site asks reviewers to assign stars based on the management company and landlord, as well as building conditions and quality of apartment maintenance. Review My Landlord also encourages comments and photo uploads, giving tenants the opportunity to both show and share their unique experiences with their landlords.
Whose Your Landlord
Arguably the MVP of the landlord-review sites, Whose Your Landlord is part apartment search engine, part landlord rating site, and part blog. Offering an array of awesome search tools ranging from neighborhood insights to renter photos of apartments, Whose Your Landlord lets you search by either landlord or property, with breakdowns on everything from landlord responsiveness to pest control. Additionally, the site doubles as a tenant-friendly blog, full of helpful how-to’s for apartment hunting, as well as renter resources such as moving tips and roommate advice. Whose Your Landlord might very well be the one-stop website for finding your next apartment.