The Tenants Union of Victoria is raising funds to build a “renting game changer”.
The Tenants Union is using Pozible, a crowdfunding platform, to gather funds for its proposed Rate Your Rental website.
The idea is to provide a site modelled on TripAdvisor, which will allow tenants to rate their rental properties and to check the ratings given by others before entering a lease.
Aspects covered will include outstanding repairs, heating and air conditioning, energy efficiency, and an overall rating.
"For far too long renters have been at the mercy of lousy landlords and dodgy real estate agents - Rate Your Rental will hand some power back to tenants," the Tenants Union said.
“There are over one million tenants in the private rental market in Victoria - Rate Your Rental will give them the benefit of checking past ratings on a property before they've signed a lease. We think it will start to tip the balance of power back towards tenants.”
So far, over $1,000 has been pledged towards the $30,000 target, with 59 days left to contribute.
The Pozible campaign runs until 22 November, and if it is successful the site is scheduled to go live in January 2015.