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 WhoseYourLandlord.com:
“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.

  • LandOrSlum.com
    • 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 ApartmentList.com
  • DoNotRent.com
    • 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
  • Addressory.org
    • 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:

  • ApartmentList.com
    • 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”
  • ApartmentRatings.com
    • 2000 to present
    • California to Nationwide
    • Selected text: “Among the Top 5 most-visited apartment hunting sites in the world”
  • BostonLandlordReviews.com
    • 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
  • RateMyLandlord.com
    • 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.”
  • RentLogic.com
    • September 2013 to present
    • New York only
    • Selected text: “These ratings describe information about things you would never know about before signing a lease.”
  • ReviewMyLandlord.com
    • Unknown to present
    • Covers Massachusetts, maybe more
    • Selected text: “Let’s change the rental experience for millions”
  • TenantLandlordRatings.com
    • 2010 to present
    • Territory unclear; two large Massachusetts landlords we tried were not yet listed as of date above
    • Selected text: “TenantLandlordRatings.com (TLR) is brought to you by experienced Real Estate professionals with over a 20 year track record of connecting Tenants and Landlords.”
  • WhoseYourLandlord.com [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.

Do You Know About a Landlord Review Site We Missed?

Tell us by emailing info@masslandlords.net

Landlord Review Site Conclusion

Know which sites are out there and take control of your landlord ratings before you lose business.

2 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!

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