On August 15th, 2008, my then-apartment mate, from whom I was renting a room, told me to find another place to live because he couldn’t handle my interacting with his son when he thought he should be having quality time with the kid. I still have the letter that was slipped under my door, poor grammar and spelling and all.
I moved in with a friend and strained her relationship to her boyfriend for an entire month before I found another apartment—this time on my own. In a lot of ways, I was lucky. I had a job that allowed me to afford the apartment I found and a friend who was willing to let me stay with her (actually, the house was her boyfriend’s parents’ place) while I was looking. And, I found a great place with a decent landlord. But it would’ve been nice to have a place to look for apartments ratings before I moved in. I paid a broker’s fee that was outrageous (but standard in the business) and moved into my new place in October.
ApartmentGrade is a relatively new site, and my cursory scan didn’t uncover much in the way of actual content, but I’m hopeful. Anyone conducting (serious) independent research that will make the hassle of apartment hunting easier on the hunter has two thumbs up in my book.