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4 Ways Climate Change Affects Renters

By |November 24th, 2018|Urban Planning|

We read through the 2018 climate report and summarized the effects of climate on renters. The Fourth National Climate Assessment report was released on November 23rd. It paints a grim picture of the future, covering a very broad range of topics, ranging from economic changes to infrastructure resiliency. Here are our key takeaways for renters. 1. More Crowded Cities = Higher Rent Politicians and media often understate the extent to which the US is an urban nation. “85% of the total U.S. population” lived in urban areas as of 2015, and that number appears to be increasing. “From 2010 to 2017, a historic number of rural counties in the United States experienced population declines due to persistent outmigration of young adults.” One effect of climate change may be an acceleration of that trend. The report emphasizes how difficult it will [...]

Why Luxury Apartment Buildings Have Empty Units and High Turnover

By |July 24th, 2018|Urban Planning|

Luxury apartments are the ones with glass walls, rooftop pools, and high rent. You might have noticed that there are a lot of them but they are always advertising vacancies. Why don't they just lower the rent? They also tend to have very low deposit requirements, which is strange. Why is that? Rent Control and High Turnover Many big cities have rent control measures. Generally, rent control prevents landlords from significantly raising the rent on current tenants. For example, in DC, landlords typically can't raise the rent more than $50-$100 once a year for every $1000 of rent. But, when the apartment is empty, landlords are free to raise the price. That means that it makes sense for landlords who are making renovations or have purchased a building in an up and coming neighborhood to have high turnover, so they can frequently raise [...]

RenterPeace Smart Search

By |July 24th, 2018|Company Blog|

We've added a search bar to RenterPeace's homepage and the app, combined with intelligent recommendations. The comprehensive list of household tools offered by the search functionality makes RenterPeace the most productive smart assistant out there. We've also made everyone's favorite feature (getting legal information) more accessible - you no longer need to log in and there's better navigation. Search Functionality We shifted the central design of RenterPeace from a to-do list to a search bar. It now works similar to Google Search, except instead of showing you websites, we show you action items to help solve your question or problem. We believe this is how smart assistants should be - focused on productivity rather than trivia questions. Type "Do Laundry" to get a suggestion to add Laundry to your todo list. The best part is that it searches both your existing items (like [...]

How to Deal with a Messy Roommate

By |July 23rd, 2018|Productivity|

Living with roommates can be a great way to get the housing quality and location you want for the price you can afford – plus, it can be fun to have friends right in your living room when you get home! But cohabitation comes with its own set of challenges, too. The one we hear about most often? Roommates who never do the dishes. Or mop the floor, or clean the bathroom, or do any of the regular maintenance that makes living space livable. Deciding Who Does What Even if nagging worked (which it usually doesn’t), communication is one of the biggest hurdles while you and your roommates balance all the other stresses of work, school, or social obligations. So, how do you deal with a messy roommate without becoming the unofficial mom of your apartment? The trick is to [...]

International Support and Gdpr

By |June 21st, 2018|Company Blog|

Version 1.2 of RenterPeace enables users from around the world to join RenterPeace. Why are you opening RenterPeace internationally? RenterPeace would previously block users outside the US. However, potential users complained and asked why they couldn't use some of the features of RenterPeace since only one main feature was US-specific - legal information. For example, locality doesn't matter much when our users track their todos in the app. Still, making RenterPeace work internationally required more behind-the-scenes work to get right (e.g., getting timestamps correctly to work outside of the US can be complicated and difficult to test). But, we listened to our users and built some initial support for international users. What productivity and financial features do you offer non-US users? Good news! All productivity and financial features are available internationally. We modified our code to intelligently detect international time zones and [...]

The RenterPeace Smart Assistant

By |June 21st, 2018|Company Blog|

We're very excited to announce this update. RenterPeace now includes a smart assistant that makes home management as easy as a Google search. Smart Assistant What is the RenterPeace Smart Assistant? Version 1.2 of RenterPeace (available on all platforms now) offers a simple, intuitive way to navigate all the app's features. The interface is now centered around a single search bar, where you can type any problem, question, or task that you want to get done. That's right - type in nearly anything related to the home. The smart assistant intelligently determines the best tool to solve that issue, and gives you shortcuts to the appropriate feature. How does it work? Just sign in and type. Here are some examples: What you ask What it suggests "Can my landlord raise the rent?" Legal info about raising the rent and [...]

Today Screen and App Notifications

By |May 9th, 2018|Company Blog|

RenterPeace is loaded with features, from chores to issue tracking to chat. Version 1.1 of RenterPeace centers around unifying all these features and making the app easier to use. To get the updates below, make sure to download the latest app version from the Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS). App notifications won't be activated until you open and use the app one more time. UPDATE: iOS users should make sure they are using version 1.1.1 or higher, which contains a bug fix to app notifications. The Today List Previously, RenterPeace users had to visit different sections of the app for each feature. One could check their chore list, and then their bills, and then their shopping lists, and so on. But it's never on one page. With so many features, this made it difficult to intuitively know the [...]

RenterPeace on Android and iOS

By |March 1st, 2018|Company Blog|

Starting today, RenterPeace is available on the Play Store and soon it will be available on the App Store. The mobile app versions include every feature from the web version. You can now manage your chores, track issues, set your shopping list, and chat straight from your phone. Best of all, the mobile versions will include app notifications for reminders and instantly sync across devices so you can switch from your laptop to your phone, without watching an annoying loading symbol. You'll just need to be connected to the internet for the app to work. Being a tap away from your home screen makes RenterPeace even more convenient. Plus, you'll be able to upload pictures more easily from your phone's camera and gallery and get app notifications. Click above to download!    

Wisconsin Cuts Rights to Domestic Abuse Victims and Emotional Support Animal Owners

By |January 26th, 2018|Legal News|

The Wisconsin Assembly voted 58-34 to pass a bill (Assembly Bill 771) that severely limits the rights of tenants and makes it harder to catch bad landlords. The two most controversial changes include adding additional procedures to tenants seeking to claim emotional support animals and limiting the housing leeway given domestic abuse victims. The bills focus according the drafter, Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, is to tackle the increasing costs of landlords. The first major change is one that affects domestic abuse victims. “There has been a trend in the Wisconsin State Legislature over the past few sessions that is slowly eroding tenant’s rights in favor of landlord rights — specifically the rights of tenants who are victims of domestic abuse,” said Chase Tarrier, public policy coordinator for End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. Tarrier said the main reason domestic abuse victims stay or [...]

Chores, Shopping, and Expenses

By |January 26th, 2018|Company Blog|

RenterPeace is now a more integral part of a busy renter's life through a full-featured home manager. We've listened to our users and are bringing a major upgrade, RenterPeace 1.0. This upgrade adds chore tracking, shopping lists, expense tracking, a sleeker web interface, and more. These features make RenterPeace more convenient and better suited to handle the variety of problems that come largely from having roommates. This upgrade doesn't remove existing features. RenterPeace is still the app you love as the best solution to landlord-tenant problems with documentation, notification, and targeted legal information. All users on all platforms will automatically be upgraded to RenterPeace Squirrel in coming weeks. We thank you for your support and welcome your feedback. See below for a detailed changelog. 1.0 New features and improvements Chore tracking. Includes auto-assignment to roommates, an option to track personal errands, and [...]