List of Landlord Ratings Sites: The Landlord Review Site Exposed

LandOrSlum was a long-lived, negativity-based landlord review site.

Last updated August 2017. We will add each landlord review site to our list of landlord ratings sites as we become aware of them.

Landlord ratings represent both a business risk and an opportunity for owners and managers. A good rating or landlord review can help your apartments stand out in a crowded marketplace. A bad rating can reduce your application rate and drive down your rents without your even knowing.

How Landlord Ratings can be Skewed

Review sites proliferate because bad owners are out there. Bad owners inspire both the creators of the website and the negative reviewers who flock to post their comments.

Although many landlord ratings sites use a multi-point scale, all reviews could be reduced to just “liked” or “didn’t like.” Potential renters can get a good picture of your business just by reading the highest and lowest rated comment.

When comments carry specific details, they are credible. For instance, a one-star rating could say that the owner called after ten o’clock at night for a non-emergency, took 47 days to repair the heat, and unlawfully withheld a security deposit for normal wear and tear. These specifics speak volumes about the business.

On the other hand, a one-star rating that says the owner is a slumlord, but says nothing else, is not very credible. The tenant may have posted that potentially libelous review out of misdirected anger over the loss of their job and the owner’s having evicted them. Low ratings should be read with a grain of salt. A detailed five-star review should outweigh a vague one-star review.

Examples of Irrelevant, Bad Landlord Ratings

Here are two landlord ratings from reviewers of Ink Block Apartments in Boston on
“Looks good from the outside but really doesn't hold it's water inside. Just my two cents!”

Was this renter expecting an aquarium? Lack of specifics leaves the review mostly irrelevant.

“Rent is high.”

This renter gave the landlord a 2 out of 5 but didn’t indicate whether the rent was high for the area, high for the quality of the apartment, or just high because rents in Boston are high.
Here is a review from the same site of Gardencrest in Waltham, at which a murder evidently took place.

“Someone was killed here during a drug transaction. Not a safe environment for raising children.”

The tenant didn’t say what the landlord’s response was. The landlord might be doing a stellar job under challenging circumstances. They might have made changes that will make this apartment safer than anywhere else in this neighborhood, where owners haven’t yet had the experience that this one did.

Failed Landlord Ratings Sites

The idea of rating landlords is not new. Many independent and regional attempts have been made. Not all have survived, probably because of lack of monetization and positivity. In the list below, dates have been approximated using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.

    • Mid 2007 to early 2013
    • Pittsburgh, PA
    • Selected text: “This is the website that allows renters to finally fight back.”
    • As of date above, domain forwarding to
    • Early 2012 to mid 2015
    • “Sun Belt,” USA
    • Motto: “Real Reviews. Really Bad Rentals.”
    • As of date above, domain being used for a home healthcare blog
    • Mid 2011 to 2012
    • Allegedly global
    • Selected text: “Learn what landlords and realtors won’t tell you.”

Active Landlord Ratings Sites

Landlord ratings sites that endure will probably provide value beyond just an emotional outlet for reviewers. In alphabetical order:

    • September 2011 to present
    • Nationwide
    • Selected text: “Our founders John Kobs and Chris Erickson both have had miserable, horrible, no good, very bad rental experiences”
    • 2000 to present
    • California to Nationwide
    • Selected text: “Among the Top 5 most-visited apartment hunting sites in the world”
    • May 2011 to present
    • Boston
    • Selected text: “he [the founder] lived under an oppressive landlord for several years”
  • Google+
    • June 2011 to present
    • Global
    • Any business who lists themselves in Google+ becomes subject to consumer reviews on Maps and in Google Search
    • 2003 to present
    • Territory unclear; two large Massachusetts landlords we tried were not yet listed as of date above
    • About the founder: “In the mid-90s I was renting an apartment from a lady who was rather despicable.”
    • September 2013 to present
    • New York only
    • Selected text: “These ratings describe information about things you would never know about before signing a lease.”
    • Unknown to present
    • Covers Massachusetts, maybe more
    • Selected text: “Let's change the rental experience for millions”
    • 2010 to present
    • Territory unclear; two large Massachusetts landlords we tried were not yet listed as of date above
    • Selected text: “ (TLR) is brought to you by experienced Real Estate professionals with over a 20 year track record of connecting Tenants and Landlords.”
  • [sic]
    • September 6, 2013 to present
    • New York, NY growing to nationwide
    • Motto: “Giving renters ownership of their situation by putting housing in their hands”


Check Each Landlord Review Site for Your Name

Take control of your reputation and look up your business on each review site. It only takes one rogue complainer to ruin your online reputation. Remember that happy tenants don’t think to give reviews, but angry tenants will put a great deal of energy into hurting your reputation.

If you find that you have a bad online reputation, you have two options.

First, ask your outgoing tenants for good reviews. If they don’t agree, offer increasingly good rewards, like a Dunkin Donuts gift card, or a restaurant gift card in a higher amount, until they say yes. Ask for a five-star review and hand them the card once you have seen the review online. Over time, your five-star reviews will grow to swamp your bad reviews.

Second, you might be able to sue for libel. Just because it’s online, the realm of trolls and anonymity, doesn’t mean a poster is protected from lying. If they have lied about you, you do have legal remedy. For instance, Forbes describes how one tenant wrote that their landlord’s actions had resulted in the deaths of three other tenants. That was not true, and the landlord took their former tenant to court. There are libel attorneys in Massachusetts who can consult with you.

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Landlord Review Site Conclusion

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15 Responses to List of Landlord Ratings Sites: The Landlord Review Site Exposed

  1. Patricia LeComte says:

    My family and I moved into 2585 South Grade Road, Alpine CA 91901 owner Kevin and Monica Coleman. They have thus far never made any attempts to clean up the property and/or fix any problems from their previous tenants. The current tenants below us are having the same issues, Monica has been deemed as “crazy” while Kevin is considered ‘sane’ however neither person will address the current repairs needed. DO NOT RENT from these landlords, they are very, very unreasonable and very retaliatory.

    • John Smith says:

      We totally agree with you. They both lie, make up false stories and go back on their word. Stay clear from them or your life will become a nightmare!

  2. K says:

    Do not rent from jennifer wang from abc management in st louis mo. She will completly ruin your life. Completly unfair invades your privacy and makes up new rules everyday then sends threatning texts. She is a nightmare. Friendly warning do not deal with her

  3. Jennifer Benstead says:

    There will be a room available on June 30 at 38 Bridge Street in St Catharines ON.
    I just thought I should warn potential roommates about one of the roommates .
    Catherine is a narcissist, a bully, loves to threaten and bulldoze people. Shirley the other roommate is lazy, she doesn’t do anything except lay in her bed all day and night. Catherine is the type of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde personality, one minute she’s nice and the next minute, look out. Despite the fact that toilet paper was supposed to be included in the rent. Catherine has removed all the toilet paper from the bathroom claiming that too much was being used, yet she and Shirley are the ones that are home all day long. I have Crohn’s disease so this behavior caused me a lot of unnecessary trouble. Wi-Fi and use of laundry were supposed to be included in the rent also. Catherine reneged on that too.
    Since I moved in, I have bent over backwards to be a good roommate. I have followed all the rules, bought headphones for my TV, at Catherine’s request, helped with yard work etc.
    When I moved into the unit it was furnished. ( bed, dresser, computer chair with a floppy chair head). I asked her if I could buy myself a different chair because the computer chair really hurt my back and my hips. I have a back issue due to a previous injury and scoliosis as well as a pinched nerve Sciatica in my hip.
    She gave me permission to get a chair from the Restore in st catharines. So I did.
    Catherine then proceeded to evict me cause I paid someone $50 to deliver it stating that supposedly she was going to help me pick it up. Yet to my knowledge that wasn’t the case. She threatened to put my stuff by the curb . I’ tried talking to her and it was no use she wouldn’t listen to reason. I tried avoiding her until I can move, she continues to be the aggressor, and won’t leave you alone. It’s like she has lost her mind. I’m afraid of what she will do next. So I gave notice that I was moving. Catherine has continued to be nasty despite my giving notice to her.
    In short Catherine is a nightmare to live with.

  4. Miya says:

    Do not rent from Larry Hill A.K.A Lawrence Hill Sr. He doesn’t like to fix anything in his properties and always blames the tenants.

  5. mona says:

    I think reviewing landlords is hard. It isn’t as easy as a restaurant where you go several times in short period and then make your thoughts known. Maybe instead of by landlord it is by address, and people rate their experience at that address. Have some very definitive questions and very little free text. Things like did you pay your rent on time everytime? Was the maintenance done on the following HVAC, Roof…etc. If someone doesn’t pay their rent on time they don’t usually want to take responsibility for that and only want to complain about some tiny thing to make it the landlords fault. I think this has to be thought through better and not allow so much subjective opinion and just facts about the housing unit itself. The landlord performance will come through from there

  6. Deborah Benninger says:

    Prior landlord & his daughter/mgr stole from me & gave out my key to a convicted drug felon who put std’s from his girlfriend’s used menstrual items in my food & beverage. Ldlrd tore up my bed, I have back disabilities. He’d scream @ me when the felon broke in & his daughter/mgr wiped vd on my door. I told police & can still put them in prison for hurting me & making me sick repeatedly. Ldlrd told me dont tell anyone that his daughter stole money out of my home.

  7. Chris Smith says:

    Abraham Gontijo;. 1st time landlord; building owned only 2 months; advised tenants no eviction, no $ seeker and keeping tenants; followed by notice to leave after 3 years rent perfect tenancy perfect my son and I;. Said nothing personal. We were great tenants. Just wants to gut building and charge a lot of $ he informs…..I’m not feeling this even though it’s month to month ….

  8. Clinton County Advocator says:

    I am a former long term tenant of the Finley’s in the Morrisonville area; from couple yrs ago. Before moving in I told them of broken items, dirty carpet, paint mismatched on walls, etc. As I lived there with my family I left them messages every time something broke. 95% of the time they didn’t call me back until I left over 11 messages then only 50% of the time they got back to me. It’s been a couple years since I moved out and they still refuse to give me my security deposit. They tried to tell me I had a pet: I never did! They tried to tell me I smoked inside: I can not due to medical reasons! They tried to tell me I left a mess: only mess left was their garbage they left in the garage when I moved in and they told me it was theirs. I took photos before I moved out and mailed the photos to the Finley’s. Yet somehow that was the only envelope they magically never received (yet I mailed it twice). Even though they received every rent check and my notice when I had moved out. A major appliance broke & it took them 2 weeks to fix it. In meantime, they would not help with a temporary replacement. All I got was rude remarks about how I waste their time and money because one of THEIR appliances was crap (according to repair guy). I just heard a recent tenant who left had a very similar bad experience with them. These people happen to be friends with someone I know. The Finley’s won’t give them their security deposit back and giving them a bunch of lies in return; same experience I had. Okay so that’s 2 tenants in past several years that got lied to and their money taken from them. Do NOT rent from the Finley’s!

  9. Alice Roberts says:

    Do not rent from Daniel Armbruster 217 Oak Tree Drive Webster Groves, MO. This landlord has been a nightmare since the first week we moved in: showed up on the property MULTIPLE times without proper notice to work in the yard, entered the home twice while we were there without notice, the maintenance on the house is all DYI even for major issues, there was major water coming in the basement where my son;s room was and he didn’t respond for several weeks. Had to call the city to have them inspect it. Then he showed up weekly, 2 and 3 times a week without notice for 8-9 weeks. Tore up the asbestos tiles in the basement and never replaced them. Have not been able to be in the basement area because of the mildew. Dug up the yard and was working on the drainage. The neighbors called the building inspector and he showed up at my door to post a stop work order. Landlord still showed up the next day without proper notice. When I told the landlord he could not work in the yard AGAIN because the city came and he had not given me proper notice, he cancelled my lease in the middle of the pandemic. There are major electrical, plumbing and structural problems with this property. There are ants and spiders. Lost 2 loads of groceries to ants, was bitten twice by spiders. Everything is so old in this house that something is always in need of repair. The fireplace surround pulled off when I tried to open the glass doors so I couldn’t use it. There are birds living in the eaves under the back patio roof. The gas range is original to the house and is unsafe to cook in so I had to buy my own range. Nothing in this house has been updated or repaired properly since it was built. Don’t lease this house you will regret it.

  10. Terry says:

    Do not rent from Auswin Realty in Queens NY. Our building went without gas for over a month. Also when they do fix something they arrive no warning and let themselves in/invade your privacy. Constantly harassing tents for the rent during Covid19.

  11. Kewanna says:

    Beware of this slum lord I was living at 4205 exposition blvd los Angeles CA 90016 for 5 years i was so drepressed and felt like me and my kids was trapped. Elvis is horrible he doesnt fix anything The building is infested with roaches i begged him to tent it but he refused because he said its to expensive and he didnt wanna pay for his tenants a motel room. He lie and lie my son got burned in their building because they had my water heater up to high . Every year i tried to move and i always wondered why was it so hard for me come to find out this unprofessional was telling other landlords horrible things about me. So when i confronted him he said because he didnt wanna lose me as a tenant. The only thing he wants is that Section8 money him and his family is very money hungry but never wanna do their jobs. Also me and my kids could of been dead in their when the gas company came out they told me i had carbon monoxide leaking but this slum lord never had the detector put it. I was young and fooling renting out from them but now i just want everybody to be aware. They have other properties just never rent from a Elvis Navarro or Josefina Navarro their son and mother working together.

  12. Unique Nurse says:

    I write this review in hopes that the next person who moved to this address does not make the same mistake I made and experience the worst living situation one can have as a tenant room for rent in a private house there was a lot of red flags that I should have taken into consideration like when the realtor (who turned out to be very dishonest and withheld important info from me) and I saw the place the landlady rushes us up the stairs to the room bypassing the kitchen and bath and the fact that I was not 100% feeling the place but at the time I felt pressured into accepting this place since I did not have time left in the other place I was staying. I end up moving paid 2400 total deposit/realtor fee/first month for a room that I soon had movers regret had to deal with a roach infestation problem in the kitchen/bath then to make matters worst was in my 2nd or 3rd month dealt with mice infestation that lasted throughout my entire stay minus the last month. I must have had 5 mice that got caught in traps in my room alone found a few in my draws, added with the toxic living situation with roommates especially one older man who made it impossible for me literally I would have anxiety every time I would go downstairs because he will guarantee to start talking to me crazy about ‘not doing this throwing ‘F’ bombs at me, I should not feel extremely uncomfortable in a place I am paying rent where I constantly have to prove my contribution to a bunch of people who will always have something negative to say, there was not one thing I can say positive about this place except the wifi work. Staying in that place in that small room was depressing I actively had to make a point to avoid the guy, did not like cooking in the kitchen due to him as well it will sometimes smell like cigarettes from downstairs so when I was given the opportunity to finally get my own place I took it and never been happier, however now my former landlady will not give me my deposit stating that I am not obligated to live out the deposit and I should talk to the realtor, would not return any of my messages I should not have to beg for money that I am by law entitled to a portion back I was hoping even though I had my doubts that the landlady will have some decency and do what’s right, but I guess I was wrong please if anybody read this think twice about moving to this place, make sure you ask questions, make sure the realitor company is reputable and everything is in writing do not give any money if it is not stated explicitly that you will get your deposit with landlord signature and there is a itemized list of where each payment is going towards if I follow my gut instincts and I was made aware about the deposit I would never have agree to move in the first place.

  13. Michelle says:

    Do not rent 44 Elm Street Scituate Mass
    Family members took advantage of a dying l
    Woman who owned the property
    Collected rent never fixed anything never put the property through probate
    Property is still listed in Scituate with a deceased owner… Property taxes electricity bills oil bills are all in the deceased owner’s name
    The property should be condemned too many problems to list
    Nothing but scumbags slumlords!
    They will eventually get caught
    All officials in Boston have been notified including State reps

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