Can this student's flatshare reviews beat dodgy landlords?

Universities abound with renting horror stories. But a new rate-your-accommodation site could give power back to tenants

In their final year, most students get their heads down and focus on exams. But Natasha Hopewell combined the third year of her law degree at the University of Lincoln with building a website so students could find good digs, share their renting horror stories and avoid being ripped off by rogue landlords.

Working with two friends, she created CribAdvisor which, like the travel and restaurant review site TripAdvisor, allows students to anonymously rate and review accommodation provided by landlords, letting agents or universities. The site also provides guidance on tenant rights and how to enforce them.

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