(PRWEB) October 19, 2009
ShouldIRentIt.com, a Web site featuring forums, reviews and a community for property renters and rental agents, announces its recent launch. With the global economic downturn, it is becoming increasingly difficult to afford to buy a home, not only in the United States, but around the world. As a result, the rental community is growing at a rapid rate. ShouldIRentIt.com was developed to provide renters a singular resource for sharing information and reviews of apartments, homes and all rental properties worldwide.
ShouldIRentIt.com was founded by Hamish Murray, a medical doctor turned winemaker turned Internet entrepreneur, who developed it in conjunction with Web design company Vortex Graphics Inc, based in St James, Long Island, New York.
"The idea to create ShouldIRentIt.com first came to me when I rented a property on Long Island. I was so rushed that I didn't have time to thoroughly research the property before I rented it, and I lost big time. The only people who can tell you the truth about a property are those who have rented it. The owner and agent simply want you to sign the dotted line no matter what, so they are naturally not going to give an unbiased account. ShouldIRentIt.com allows individuals to learn about a rental property from those who have actually experienced living there," Murray says.
ShouldIRentIt.com provides three main services to the rental community. Firstly, it allows renters to post reviews of any accommodation, vacation or commercial properties they have rented. Whilst this is not a new concept, the review format is user friendly and allows users to write text-based reviews of properties. Users can also utilize a star-based rating system, whereby they can rate various criteria, such as neighbourhood safety, peace and quiet, pet friendliness and even shower power, among other information.
Visitors to ShouldIRentIt.com can also search the site's reviews section. Whilst only members can post reviews, the search function is open to all visitors to the site.
Anyone thinking of renting a particular property or renting in a particular area simply needs to type in a few keywords to find all property or apartment reviews posted for their search.
ShouldIRentIt.com also features a rental community forum, whereby renters can share their experiences and advice with fellow renters. This service cannot be found on other rental Web sites, and is the only stand-alone dedicated rental forum for consumers on the net.
"Even though the site was inspired by my negative experience, I do not want to encourage negative reviews. Quite the opposite. I can remove reviews that I think are potentially inflammatory or defamatory, and owners have the right of reply to any review they consider inappropriate. And I think the overall vibe of the site, particularly the design, is not one of negativity, but of a happy rental community supporting each other," Murray says.
"Part of the reason we developed the community forum at ShouldIRentIt.com is to build a detailed database of rental property reviews. Renters have a voice, they have rights and the proportion of renters versus property owners is increasing rapidly. The ultimate aim is for this site to become the foremost worldwide rental community portal for renters looking to express their opinions and give their advice," Murray says.
The next phase for ShouldIRentIt.com is to incorporate a rental database, so users will be able to see a list of reviews for properties available for rent in a particular city or neighbourhood.
For more information about ShouldIRentIt.com, or to start reading users' reviews of rental properties, visit http://www.ShouldIRentIt.com.
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