Apartable Founder and CEO Avishai Weiss said that most renters in NYC are forced to make fast decisions about apartments and often do so without such knowledge.
"Landlords require you to open up your entire financial history, pay lots of money upfront as a guarantee, but we renters don't get any similar guarantee that the building is in reasonable condition, that the landlord is not negligent, or the management is not sketchy," Weiss said. "[The site] will tell you things that your broker probably won't know or tell you, like if there are severe maintenance issues, rodents, bedbugs and critical problems like lack of heat [and] hot water."
In short, it'll help you wade through the BS of renting an apt in NYC. Apartable plans to bring the new tool to other urban markets, too, Weiss said.
Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and usually just has a mental block on any thoughts related to apartment hunting in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.