You may remember a week or two ago when I wrote about Westside Rentals and their F-rating at the Better Business Bureau. The entry brought a bunch of useful information out in the comments and based on how hard it can be to find a rental in LA, I thought a quick summarization might be in order. Here’s the rental resources that the blogging.la readers threw down. Per always, feel free to leave more in the comments.
Housing Maps – Ever wished instead of listings you could look at available apartments on a map? Housing Maps mashes Craigslist listingsinto a Google Maps interface. Mostly, it’s the most helpful thing ever.
Rentslicer – Wanna know how much everything costs ever averaged and tabulated into neighborhoods? Rentslicer is full of more information than you can probably use.
The Rental Girl – The Rental Girl offers to hook you up with a great place in the greater Silver Lake/Echo Park/”cool” Easty neighborhoods.
Craigslist – C’mon, it’s craigsist.
Rentometer – Put in your rent and see if you’re getting a deal or not as it compares your rent to your neighbors.
Westside Rentals – $60 for two months of exclusive (and non-exclusive) listings.
4 Rent In LA – I know little of this site but someone linked to it in the comments on the last post. Maybe you’re feeling lucky/adventurous?
Of course, there’s no link for just driving around the neighborhood and finding that perfect spot.
I also dropped a line to Westside Rentals asking them if they cared to comment on their poor rating at the Better Business Bureau and ended up on the phone with Westside Rentals CEO Anthony Yannatta. Read on for my impressions of the conversation we had.
Photo from this listing on craigslist. It’s in Atwater Village. Come be my neighbor!
Westside Rentals CEO Anthony Yannatta took some time to talk to me about Westside Rentals’ F rating at the BBB. He told me that all of the complaints listed at the BBB had been dealt with yet Westside Rentals hasn’t had any possibility to appeal or improve its rating. Yannatta gave me plenty of other facts and figures about how Westside Rentals is the biggest and the best, dropping plenty of statistics about their workforce, the level of traffic through their site (huge for a regional player), and their many corporate clients. While I have no doubt these are all impressive things, I kind of felt that I was getting a sales-pitch instead of an honest accounting of why anyone would have issues with Westside Rentals. Anthony was “too busy” to prepare an actual statement which didn’t strike me as particularly helpful to WSR’s image and ultimately may be the reason that people (at least in my circles) tend to dislike Westside Rentals. He did offer to have me into the office and to experience the Westside Rentals operation firsthand, so maybe you’ll see that in a follow-up post a little later in the year. In the meantime, if you’re looking for an apartment in LA, good luck. Hopefully with everything laid out here, it’ll be a fair easier search than it might’ve been before.