Qlarion’s Work with the City of Boston Featured in GovTech

 

Qlarion’s Work with the City of Boston Featured in GovTech

Boston is famously a college town, and as such, this time of year brings hordes of students — both returning and new — to the city in need of a place to live.

Many of them are renters, grappling with standard renter problems: finding a place, securing a place, connecting with a trustworthy landlord. For years, Boston’s had data that held potential to help with this last pain point, info the potential lessees could use to evaluate a property. Now, the city made this info easier for people who aren’t data scientists to access and use. It has created a portal called RentSmart, where users can enter an address and be brought directly to open data about the property, including its valuation and whether there have been citations against the owner.

 “It allows you to see in a matter of seconds what’s happened at a property in the last 3 or 5 years at that address,” said Adam Roy, chief technology officer for Qlarion, a private company that worked with Boston on RentSmart.