New Website Lets Tenants Grade Landlords, Rate Rental Properties

classroom101Renters now have a social networking website that allows them to grade landlords and rate properties. The site caters to students, and also provides listings for rental properties near college campuses. launched a couple of weeks ago. The site’s creators, two Indianapolis-based entrepreneurs and former college kids, wanted students to have a place to go to grade landlords and the condition of properties available for students to rent.

Students have the opportunity to grade landlords on a traditional grading scale of A, B, C, D, and F in six different categories: Party Tolerance, Security Deposit Return, Contract, Timeliness, Kindness and Maintenance, and properties on a 1-5 star scale.

Inspired by that allows students to share opinions for choosing a professor, has the ability to aid students in their decision to choose a landlord and rental property.

If a student comes across a rental property but sees that the landlord of that property does not have the best grade, the student might second guess going with that property, said Montesano. This website makes the entire renting process easier.

The landlord has the ability to really make or break your rental experience. I™ve witnessed many instances where students were cheated by their landlord and I™ve also witnessed instances where a landlord was amazing, gives you the opportunity to share your experiences with other college students in hopes of helping out one another, he said.

So far, the site boasts 44 pages of landlords. While many are not yet rated, there are a few who have already received a bad grade. A landlord near Western Michigan University failed nearly every category and earned the anonymous comment, “place was a mess.” Yet, a Dayton landlord proved more popular, earning a 3.6 overall, with an “A” for party tolerance. Still, one tenant complained, “not happy with the way we left the house.” Landlords have the option to offer a rebuttal to a reviewer’s comments.

The site also allows students to find a large array of rental properties located near their college campuses.

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