Two new websites launched last month that rate landlords and rental properties aiming to become similar to TripAdvisor rentals.
FlatReview.nz is a local site where tenants can give a star rating to a property for its location, warmth, dampness, and how quickly problems are addressed by the landlord or property manager. Homepage.fyi is an international site that launched in New Zealand, London and Australia, and also wants to build up a database of rental ratings.
TradeMe’s head of property, Nigel Jefferies, told Stuff, "The tricky part for these sites will be maintaining accurate feedback and having appropriate means in place when disputes between landlords and tenants arise. The vast majority of landlords are very conscientious and diligent so a review site is probably good for them, and possibly a worry for the minority of poor landlords."