StableRenters rates landlords and management companies so renters know which ones to trust. Most landlords act responsibly and deserve to be distinguished from the worst that seek profit through neglecting their tenants’ homes. We’re not raising the bar, we’re making one.
StableRenters uses public records and user comments to score every rental property in NYC so renters can see a building’s history of bedbugs, rats, and roaches, heat and hot water problems, serious roof leaks, tenant lockouts or other unhappy and illegal conditions.
Our goals are simple:
- To enable renters to make assertive decisions when finding a new home,
- To force slumlords to shape up or lower their rent to match the increased competition, and
- To reward responsible landlords for the first time with free marketing and a flock of renters eager to do business with an honest professional.
With rapidly rising rents nationwide and an increasing number of renters overall, StableRenters is sure to make your life and city better.
StableRenters ScoresAs all StableRenters ratings are based on public data, our work depends on open access to government records. New York City continues to release loads of helpful documentation, but has yet to open up the Housing Violations and Litigations tracked by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).
While we wait, our 133,000 records show Open 311 Complaints and identify landlords and management companies as best we can. And for a small but growing number of properties, we are harvesting the Violations and Litigations by hand from the HPD database and then grading and listing them here. With increased access, we’ll use an advanced algorithm to create grades like these for every rental, condo and coop address in the 5 boroughs. So you’ll always know how healthy a building is before you move in.
Landlord and Management Company InfoFor decades, landlords have conducted their work behind corporations and LLCs, and many tenants remain unaware of who their landlord is. Sometimes this provides legitimate legal protections, while other times it simply clouds a landlord’s identity, and complicates lawful investigation.
However, in August 2009, Intro-087 passed the New York City Council, requiring most landlords to register the humans in control of these corporations and anyone that owns at least 25% of a building or owning corporate entity.
It remains to be seen how this will impact New York City, and you may still find buildings on StableRenters.com that lack such detailed information. But some landlords have complied, and StableRenters is able to show even minority shareholders of many of the properties it tracks. It’s only a matter of time before we get a real grasp on the severity of the situation, and shine a light on those who continue to evade these requirements and their own tenants’ attention.