NYC Rentals Startup Releases Interactive “Score Map” Feature Live Today

January 19, 2012 -- the free, groundbreaking rental tool that condenses everything a renter would want to know about a rental building into a single score -- releases its interactive "Rentenna Score Map" to the public today.

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 19, 2012

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Innovative apartment ratings and reviews startup officially launched its interactive "Score Map" feature to all users today. Apartment hunters are now able to open the Rentenna Map from any building page and pan seamlessly across their neighborhoods of interest, quickly viewing the top-ranked apartment buildings in any given area.

Using a proprietary algorithm that factors in hundreds of key data points -- including relative value, amenities, subway access, renter reviews, and complaints on bed bugs, elevator malfunctions, and other violations -- the Rentenna Apartment Review Score lets renters know quickly and efficiently if a building is somewhere they'd want to live.

Rentenna's algorithm has analyzed over 7,000 rental buildings in New York City, with thousands more in process. The site also features thousands of no fee NYC apartment listings refreshed daily. The Rentenna Score Map provides an intuitive new interface for renters to quickly sift through their thousands of options to discover the hidden rental gems in any neighborhood.

"The 'Score Map' is just one in a series of new features we have in store for Rentenna users in 2012," says co-founder and New York Times rental expert Alicia Schwartz. "We're excited to provide New Yorkers, and soon other city dwellers, with another powerful way to use the Rentenna Score to find just the right apartment."

About is a groundbreaking interactive apartment rating and review tool that scores rental buildings on a scale of 0-99, helping apartment seekers quickly and efficiently sort through thousands of options to find their next rental.

No-Fee NYC Apartment of the Day: Soho’s West Houston Street

January 17, 2012

176 West Houston Street; Rentenna Score: 81 (Excellent!)

Have you ever lived here? Write your apartment review now!

Avg Rental Prices:

  • 1-Bedroom - $2,272
  • 2-Bedroom - $2,369

Features & Amenities:

  • Live-in Super
Why you’re going to love living here:
    • The awesome location near Soho and the West Village
    • Four blocks away from the A, B, C, D, E, F and M trains
    • Steps away from the 1 & 2 train
Available Immediately:
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath $2,250
More No-Fee NYC apartments in Soho here!




Insurent Guarantor Service hits 140,000+ apartments including NYC apartment giant Brodsky

November 30, 2011

Search for all Insurent Guarantor accepted apartments now on Rentenna!

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 28, 2011

The Brodsky Organization, one of the largest residential owners in New York City, is the latest landlord to accept the NYC guarantor program, the Insurent Lease Guaranty. Brodsky's residential portfolio consists of many of the finest apartment buildings throughout the various neighborhoods of Manhattan.

Jeffrey Geller, the Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Insurent, explained “The Brodsky Organization has accepted the Insurent Lease Guaranty Program and will now be able to close more leases with a larger pool of qualified renters by using Insurent. The Brodsky Organization is one of the most admired owners, developers, and managers of luxury and affordable rental apartments in New York City. Insurent looks forward to working with The Brodsky Organization, driving more qualified renters to their buildings, and assisting them in closing more leases without cost or risk, and in a quick and efficient way.”

The Insurent Program closes leases for the following renters: (i) creditworthy responsible college and professional graduates entering the workforce who don’t meet the NYC landlords’ 40x-50x annual income/monthly rent multiple, (ii) foreign executives relocating to the U.S. who have no U.S. credit history, (iii) relocating U.S. executives, (iv) self-employed persons, (v) non-employed foreign and US renters with significant cash liquid assets, (vi) international and U.S. students with Responsible Parties, and (vii) US and foreign corporations.

Presently, 1,100 buildings representing over 140,000 apartments accept the Insurent Program. Other major owners using the Insurent Lease Guaranty include Glenwood Management, Manhattan Skyline, Rose Associates, Silverstein Properties, LeFrak Organization, Gotham Organization, Stonehenge Management, Extell Development, and Forest City Ratner.


The Insurent Lease Guaranty Program was created to serve renters, landlords, condo/coop owners, and brokers and relocation specialists by offering the first institutional guarantor of residential leases. The Insurent Lease Guaranty Program has been featured in the New York Times, The Real Deal, The New York Real Estate Journal, Real Estate Weekly, and Multi-Housing News.

The Insurent Lease Guaranty Program is underwritten and issued by Argonaut Insurance Company, a property and casualty insurance company rated A (Excellent) by A. M. Best. Instead of looking for an individual guarantor or co-signer, or having to pay a significantly larger security deposit or prepaid rent, a renter may utilize the Insurent Lease Guaranty to satisfy the landlord’s financial and credit requirements.
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Top 5 Rentenna NYC Apartment Reviews of the Week: “The exterminator ended up having to remove one of the walls of the island to extract the trash."

November 18, 2011

Find this week's real apartment reviews below based on a 1-5 score. (1-Worst, 5-Best) Want to know what an apartment is really like? Look up a building's Rentenna Score now!

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Property: Viridian at 110 Green Street, Rating: 2, Rentenna Score: 62 (Good!)

Pros: The roof has amazing views.

Cons: The steam room was always vile smelling and/or broken. The management is absolutely awful. It takes them ages to fix anything and they usually try to blame you and refuse to fix it, inciting a never ending back and forth until they finally do. We had mice in our apartment because the workers left trash piled underneath the kitchen island and not accessible to us! The exterminator ended up having to remove one of the walls of the island to extract the trash. Our microwave did not work for the first month we lived there and neither did the freezer or the lights above the kitchen area. Water was constantly leaking into the lobby and you would have to walk with extreme caution to avoid slipping and falling. Instead of fixing water damage, they just paint over it. We ended up breaking our lease and getting out of their early. This is a classic case of a building that looks modern and amazing on the outside but everything is just falling apart once you move in.

Property: Townsend at 350 West 37th Street, Rating: 5, Rentenna Score: 74 (Very Good!)

Pros: Very new/clean building. Doorman were very nice and helpful. Received email when package was delivered. Very decent size gym in building and beautiful rooftop view. Was able to watch the fourth of July firework show clearly from roof. Washer and dryer in apartment (miss that now in my new building).

Cons: The area around the building isn't exactly the upper east side, but not too bad. Lots of tourists which makes it difficult to get to where you need to go.

Property: 169 East 90th Street, Rating: 5, Rentenna Score: 66 (Good)

Pros: Building is well looked after, decent sized rooms

Cons: No cons so far!

Property: The Melar at 250 West 93rd Street,  Rating: 4, Rentenna Score: 78 (Very Good!)

Pros: I've been residing in this building for little over a year and just LOVE how clean the building always is. Always have really nice amenities and location cannot be beat. If I could have my family move to NY, this is the place I would strongly recommend.

Property: 713 Classon Avenue, Rating: 4, Rentenna Score:48 (Average)

Pros: clean building, timely super, great management company, high ceilings, rent stabalized, growing neighborhood "The Masochist's Guide to Test Driving Six Rental Websites"

November 11, 2011

by Curbed Staff

Nobody ever said renting is easy. Sure, there are brokers out there to help you on your way, but for every decent broker, there are three more who will try to charge you 17% of the annual rent on a 3BR that’s actually a 2BR with a cardboard partition set up in the middle of one of the rooms. Hey, we’ve all been there.

Luckily, the internet provides renters with numerous apartment-researching options that prevent you from enduring the torture of having to speak to another human until it’s absolutely necessary. Intern Jeremiah Budlin has taken the liberty of attempting to rank some of those websites by using them to look for a 2BR in downtown Manhattan that costs no more than $4,000 per month (ha!) that he is going to move into with his imaginary girlfriend, Sharice (who sleeps in a separate bedroom, apparently.)

Rentenna, which launched just over a month ago is equally as easy to use as UrbanEdge, and the criteria users can search by is identical. That’s because Rentenna’s listings all come directly from UrbanEdge. The (urban) edge that UrbanEdge has is more listings. The edge (suburban edge? rural edge?) that Rentenna has is that it assigns each building a score out of 100 that is derived from a secret algorithm (much like the “secret” “algorithm” we’re using for this article) which takes value, user ratings, amenities, landlord, and neighborhood into account. Unfortunately, the most highly-ranked building that matched our criteria was rated 77/100, but it's possible that that's the best we could hope for in our price range.

Website design: 9
Listings found: 14
Strength of listings: 7
Overall: 8

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