TripAdvisor for landlords
Pretty much everyone has had a landlord that they've hated. Whether they swiped your deposit for spurious reasons, popped round too frequently and suspiciously or left a huge hole in your ceiling for your 12 month stay, there's always one who gives them all a bad name.
Or they are, for the most part, a dreadful set of chancers who need some comeuppance.
Well, landlords will no doubt be aware that there's a site which aims to call out the good, the bad and the useless. Think TripAdvisor for those looking to rent.
RentalRaters launched formally last week by Hannah Williams who said the notion of owning her own property feels like it's "a long way off", adding; "The main catalyst for me starting up the site was a very good friend of mine was stung very, very badly by a rogue landlord. He said to me – and the words really resonated – 'I just wish that I could stand outside that property and tell other tenants as they’re walking through the door, don’t do it, he will rip you off, nothing works.'
"I just thought it was crazy that we live in this amazing connected world, and yet there isn't an online way of doing that, where you are able to highlight where you've had a fantastic experience, and obviously where you've had a very bad experience."
One immediately good thing about this is that tenants will now be able to check out a landlord before moving to a new place. Of course, tenants go through a number of checks and references are sought, but now, there'll be a way for those looking to rent, to check in the other direction.
What with everyone really keen to review everything these days, Rental Raters should get quite lively and quickly and comparisons to TripAdvisor will give everyone an idea of what the site will be like - a number of fair reviews, loads of hysterical shrieking and some defamation lawsuits.