Apartment Ratings

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ApartmentRatings.com
ApartmentRatings Logo.png
Type Subsidiary of Internet Brands
Founded May 2000
Headquarters Austin, TX
Website ApartmentRatings.com
Current status Active

ApartmentRatings.com is an online user generated database of information about apartment buildings in the United States.

History[edit]

ApartmentRatings was founded in 2000 by Jeremy and Katie Bencken in Austin. The site was developed to provide transparency into the quality of apartment life, and claims to be an unbiased resource because it does not accept advertising from apartment building managers, owners, or corporations.[1] Anyone can respond to a review for free. It does, however, charge a fee to any property manager that wishes to respond to the reviews written about it as the Verified Manager of that property.[2]

ApartmentRatings was acquired by Internet Brands in 2007.[3]

Functionality[edit]

ApartmentRatings maintains a database of tenant-generated reviews of apartment buildings. According to the site’s homepage, the site currently contains more than 1,500,000 reviews of apartments and apartment complexes. In addition to reviews, the site features a database of building features, user ratings, and a database of tenant-reported average rental prices called "What the Neighbors Pay."[4][5]

The site also has a Google Maps-based registered sex offender database,[6] and a question-and-answer feature that allows apartment hunters to ask questions about particular apartment buildings they are interested in, and have their questions answered by apartment renters currently living in the building in question.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ApartmentRatings.com. "About ApartmentRatings.com". 
  2. ^ ApartmentRatings.com Manager Center Signup Page
  3. ^ SoCalTECH.com. "Internet Brands Acquires ApartmentRatings.com". 
  4. ^ Downey, Kirstin (October 14, 2006). "Everyone's a Critic". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ Cohen, Joyce (April 27, 2008). "Luck Over Lists". The New York Times. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  6. ^ Colorado Springs Gazette. "Web site offers map to locate sex felons near apartment units". 
  7. ^ RentalAdBlog. "ApartmentRatings.com adds Discussion Forums".