1. What it’s like Renting in Los Angeles

    LA has a lot to brag about. We’ve got the best weather in the country, one of the hottest beaches in the world (Malibu) and some of the most creative people you’ll ever meet (aka Hollywood). There’s a lot to love about living in LA. 

    There’s also the other side of living in LA: the smog, the traffic and the painful process of finding a place to live. As you know, we live and breathe apartments at RadPad, so we thought we’d take a look at who’s living in LA and break it down in a way we could easily understand.

    So.. here’s what its like to be a renter in Los Angeles:


    Did you know LA has the highest percentage of renters in the entire country!? More than 6 in 10 of us rent vs. just under 4 in 10 who own a home (maybe it’s because we also have the most expensive home prices in the country!)


    It’s no surprise that LA, being the movie capital of the world, attracts a fairly young crowd which is represented in 30% of us ‘Millennials’ who are renting apartments. We were surprised to see that the 55+ year olds held such a high percentage of renters. Maybe the American Dream of homeownership just ain’t what it used to be?


    "LaLa is cheap." - said no one ever.

    And just where are we renters living? At $1635/month, you can find yourself a nice apartment (well that depends on your definition of ‘nice’) or if you want to really impress your friends, you can rent your own house for a whopping $6240/month on average!

    Don’t want to live in an apartment but can’t afford a house? You could always ‘be different’ and rent a boat (check out Marina del Rey).


    And finally, if you’re considering renting a house, you might want to check out Santa Monica, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills or Silverlake. They seem to be the hottest areas to rent homes in Los Angeles right now. 

    Or… you could always just rent an apartment in one of these fine neighborhoods.

    Download the complete infographic here.


  2. And the winner of our first ‘Pay Your Rent’ month is… (drum roll please) David Bauer!

    Last month we held a contest where we would pay your rent if you shared RadPad with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tagged us.

    More than 600 of you entered, generating nearly 324,000 impressions across three social networks. Wow!

    Congratulations to David Foy Bauer who just moved to Hollywood, CA. We’re paying your April rent David! 

    We wish we could pay everyone who entered rent’s but then we’d be broke out of business. 

  3. Introducing Real-Time Messages

    We’ve always been frustrated by how difficult it is to communicate between renters and landlords. First you have a to find a place you like, then you have to open an email program to type up and send a message and then you have to wait around for the landlord to hopefully reply.

    If you don’t get a reply, you wonder why? Did they receive my message? Did they already rent the apartment? Sometimes you forget if you even sent a message because there’s not an easy way to manage all of your communication and that’s definitely frustrating.

    It doesn’t have to be this way.


    We’ve been hard at work fixing all the things we most hated about the entire communication process and today, we’re proud to turn on ‘Real Time Messaging’ from RadPad.

    Beginning today, Renters and Landlords who use RadPad will have their very own mailbox for sending, receiving and managing messages. And guess what, it syncs perfectly between RadPad for mobile and web ensuring you never miss a message.

    What makes our mailbox so special is what we put under the hood!

    Messages are designed to be like text messages. They’re fast and feel familiar to how you’re already used to sending messages.

    Your mailbox stores all of your messages for every apartment you message, making it incredibly easy to remember & manage the messages you’ve sent.


    You’ll know when a landlord (or a renter) read your message, even if the landlord (or renter) isn’t using RadPad and opened your message from their Gmail, Yahoo or personal email account.

    You’ll know where landlords (and renters) are sending you messages from with built-in location. We think this is important for a number of reasons, one of them being to prevent fraud & scams.


    Instant chat makes chatting in real time possible because messages you receive can be read immediately, meaning there’s no delay in sending or receiving new messages and you can hold a conversation just like you would when you text message.

    Finally, we’ve added push and email notifications so that you’ll never miss a message, regardless of where you are and what you’re doing. Remember, sometimes being the first to reply means being the first to apply :)


    Our goal has always been to make renting suck less and less and we hope our new real-time messaging service will make the entire process just a little bit easier on you.

  4. RadPad is paying YOUR April Rent!

    Want us to pay your rent next month? As a way to say thanks for using RadPad, we’ve decided to hold a little contest and we’ll pay you (if you win) the entire amount of your rent next month!

    Entering is easy.

    Just upload this photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and mention or hashtag @RadPad or #RadPad in your post.


    On Tuesday April 1st we’ll announce the winner and send you (if you win) a check for the amount of your April rent.

    Good luck!

  5. Building your trust

    This week it came to our attention that a rental service in Los Angeles has been listing hundreds of rentals on RadPad in an effort to damage RadPad’s reputation by confusing you.

    We heard from a lot of you guys that you’d seen certain apartments on RadPad and called the contact number only to be directed to their rental service whereby they’d attempt to force you to pay them a monthly fee in order to get more information on the apartment.

    Not only does this violate multiple sections of our Terms of Service, which prohibits anyone from listing an apartment that they do not own or manage, but also grossly violates the trust that we’re working so hard to build with you, our customers.

    RadPad is free and it will always be free to browse and contact properties. We will never charge you to find a great place to live.

    We have worked very hard to create a more efficient, transparent, and safe way to find an awesome place to live. While we’re not even close to being done, we will defend what we’ve built and go after anyone who attempts to erode the trust we’re working to build with you.

    If you come across a listing on RadPad that you feel is suspicious, isn’t represented accurately, or in someway violates our Terms of Service, you can always click the ‘Report this listing’ button and let us know. We check every single listing that is reported.

    Thank you for helping us build a better way to rent. It’s your feedback and continued use of RadPad that’s helping us get better and better.

    Most sincerely,

    Jonathan Eppers
    CEO & Founder, RadPad

  6. RadPad at Runyon


    If you live in LA, you already know that hiking Runyon Canyon on the weekend is one of the hottest things to do before hitting up your favorite spot for brunch (and then apartment hunting after).  Not only is it a great workout, it’s also a fab spot for celebrity sightings and to take your pup for an off-leash walk.  

    The RadPad Swag Team was out in full force recently handing out some awesome yellow shades while letting the hikers know that RadPad is a 100% free way to find your next apartment and has more listings than those other sites.  We like to call it #SwagwithSwagger and would love to see your pics in the stylish sunnies.  

    Tweet us your pic with hash tag #RadPadatRunyon and keep an eye out for the next time we’re handing out those signature yellow shades.







  7. Here’s what a landlord would never tell you about the types of renters they won’t rent to

    There’s a dirty little secret a landlord would never tell you about the types of renters they won’t rent an apartment to. When we started building RadPad we had no idea just how many landlords turn away these types of renters, even if they have great credit and make a lot of money.

    We thought it was only fair to share what we’ve heard from landlords so if you’re one of these people, you can better present yourself and ensure you don’t get passed over for that apartment you really wanted.

    Although your credit and income are major factors in the screening process, at the end of the day, more and more landlords are using the in person meeting with you to make snap judgements on whether they’re going to rent their apartment to you.

    If you want to make sure you get the apartment you really, really want, at all costs, don’t be one of these types of people:


    Cindy the Cat Woman

    Pets are cool but they can cause a lot of damage to an apartment, which isn’t cool. Landlords these days really want pet-less renters over renters who have pets because cats & dogs can end up costing landlords a lot more dinero when you move out.

    Dead giveaways: You bring your pet(s) to the showing. You can’t stop talking about your cats. You ask about the pet policy so you can figure out how to get around paying the additional cost to have a pet.


    Sammy the Smoker

    Smoking just isn’t as cool as it used to be, especially if you’re a smoker who leaves your butts anywhere but the trash. It’s not just a potential fire hazard but a pain in the arse to clean up if you’re flicking your butts all over the property.

    Dead giveaways: You smell of cigarette smoke and coffee. You take a break during the showing to have a fresh smoke. You forget to remove the cig behind your ear before meeting with the landlord. Two words: ‘Yellow’ fingernails.


    Peter the Party Animal

    We all know Peter. He’s the guy who uses his apartment to throw parties. Big parties. Even though he ‘barely’ graduated college six years ago, he still treats his apartment like a dorm room.

    Dead giveaways: You show up to check out the pad hungover in a tank top and sweatpants. You’re more interested in the pool and hot tub than the actual apartment. You take two phone calls during the viewing so you can plan out that night’s ‘big party.’


    Nick the Noisemaker

    No one likes Nick. He’s the neighbor from hell. He plays his music until 3am because Nick could care less that all his neighbors have to get up at 6am for work. In turn, every one of Nick’s neighbors is upset, angry and making sure the landlords knows it.

    Dead giveaways: You ask if the apartment has ‘sound proofing.’ You measure the living room to make sure it’ll fit your speaker system. You ask if the building has ‘quiet’ hours.

  8. Meet Faris! #RenterStories

    When not living it up with his buddies, you can find Faris in the friendly skies as a flight attendant for Virgin America. Faris doesn’t have time to search for apartments. How can he when he’s always flying? Luckily for him he discovered RadPad, which helped him quickly and easily find his sweet ass apartment that he moved in to with his boyfriend and their two dogs. 

    Check out his pad as our team invades his cozy, new apartment and gives you the grand tour!

  9. The Top 10 Most Expensive Rental Cities in the US

    We spend a lot of time looking at apartment rentals. A lot. And if you’ve rented in the past year then your bank account’s already feeling the pain.

    So which of us are paying the most?

    We got back together with our friends over at RentMetrics and looked at hundreds of thousands of one and two bedroom apartments across the country to determine who takes the prize (if they can afford it) for the most expensive apartments in the country.


    Download the Hi-Resolution Infographic

    Most Expensive One-Bedrooms in the United States (Dec 2013)

    1. $2,910 New York City
    2. $2,790 San Francisco
    3. $2,505 Boston
    4. $1,635 Los Angeles
    5. $1,534 Seattle
    6. $1,306 Chicago
    7. $984 Atlanta
    8. $935 Houston
    9. $900 Austin
    10. $785 Orlando

    Most Expensive Two-Bedrooms in the United States (Dec 2013)

    1. $3,794 San Francisco
    2. $3,430 New York City
    3. $3,010 Boston
    4. $2,298 Los Angeles
    5. $2,088 Seattle
    6. $1,575 Chicago
    7. $1,215 Atlanta
    8. $1,195 Houston
    9. $1,100 Austin
    10. $970 Orlando

    So what’s causing this historic rise in rents?

    The answer is pretty simple actually. Low supply (apartments) and exceptionally strong demand (renters).

    Homeownership is at a 20-year due to the housing bust between 2009 - 2011 and that’s pushed a lot of people, who previously owned a home, back in to the rental market. 

    Throw all these homeowners who are back in the rental market in with us millennials, who we’re calling ‘Generation Renters’ and it’s caused the strongest demand for apartments in US history.

    Let’s face it finding a rad place to live can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. It’s out there, but damn, it can be a frustrating journey to find it.

    Get the apartment you want!

    First, download RadPad on your iPhone so you can take us with you everywhere. It sure doesn’t hurt to have the option to quickly and easily browse apartments from the palm of your hand.

    Secondly, once you find a place you really, really dig, make your move! Swoop in by quickly contacting the property owner and letting them know you’re eager to come see the apartment. Don’t wait. Not in this rental market.

    Third, be ready to have the property owner run your credit and background. You almost can’t rent anything today without a credit and background check and frankly, should be wary of any property owner who is not properly screening you (this could lead to major issues after you move in).

    Finally, be proactive and bring a pay stub or a copy of your most recent bank statement with you. No one ever does this and it’ll show the property owner how serious you are about their pad.  

    In the apartment rental game speed can be your best friend when it comes to closing the deal and getting your rad pad. 

    You don’t need luck… you just need RadPad :)

  10. RadPad on FOX Business

    Last week our CEO Jonathan Eppers was on FOX Business to discuss all the innovation happening in the rental market. Are we going IPO? Find out what Jon said when asked right here.

  11. RadPad in the Journal


    This is BIG. The entire story here.

  12. What it’ll cost you to live in Los Angeles

    Ever wondered what it might cost you to move to the city of Angeles?

    We’ve partnered with our friends at MyFOX LA to help renters better navigate the second most competitive rental market in the entire country!

    With vacancy rates under 3% in Los Angeles (that means 97% of all the apartments in LA are rented!), it’s not easy finding an awesome place to live.

    As part of our mission to help every single renter looking for a place to live to find the pad of their dreams, we’ve put together an updated infographic illustrating what it will cost you to live in some of LA’s most popular neighborhoods. 

    It’s not cheap out there but we promise there’s some good news in all of this. Just keep reading.


    Download RadPad’s Hi-Resolution Los Angeles Infographic

    LA’s Top Five Most Expensive Neighborhoods

    1. Santa Monica $2,330
    2. Manhattan Beach $2,250
    3. Westwood $2,250
    4. Brentwood: $2,225
    5. Marina del Rey: $2,220

    LA’s Top Five Most Affordable Neighborhoods

    1. Crenshaw $900
    2. Koreatown $1,073
    3. Glendale $1,325
    4. Westchester $1,400
    5. Los Feliz: $1,440

    So what can you do? 

    Move to rent-controlled neighborhoods (but only if you plan to live there for several years)

    Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills are rent controlled neighborhoods. This means property owners can only increase your rent by 2-3% per year, which is lower than what we expect to see in non-rent controlled neighborhoods.

    It’s not uncommon in Los Angeles to find out your neighbor is paying $1k less per month than you for the same apartment! The difference is that they’ve been there for 10 years and took advantage of rent control. Good for them right?

    Hollywood, Silverlake & Culver City are HOT with renters right now

    Not only are these three neighborhoods some of the most affordable in Los Angeles, but they’re also three of the hottest neighborhoods to live. New construction is upping the quality of apartments and attracting higher end shopping and restaurants.

    Hollywood is seeing a resurgence of younger, post-college graduates who not only work hard but also play hard and demand the cities best nightlife.

    Silverlake is a neighborhood of 20-somethings who are trading in expensive apartments in other areas of the city for apartments with more charm and larger living areas. And as of late, Silverlake and Los Feliz are making a name for themselves as being gay friendly neighborhoods. 

    Culver City is one of those little secrets tucked between Marina del Rey & Mid-Wilshire. It’s becoming popular with working professionals and those newer, younger families due to the areas recent urban revitalization and great school system

    Be ready to move on a new place… Quickly!

    There’s a saying we hear a lot that goes like this ‘The place you just looked at today and are thinking about tomorrow is the same place someone else looked at yesterday and is going to rent today.’

    If you want that competitive edge you need to be prepared. Come to a new apartment knowing that you will need to fill out a credit and rental application if you want it.

    Having a copy of your current bank balance or last pay stub with you shows the property owner you’re serious. Give the landlord every reason in the world to want to rent to you.

    Ready to find your rad pad? Start here!

    The Fine Print

    • We worked in partnership with the incredible guys at RentMetrics.com and analyzed over 30,000 one-bedroom rents in Los Angeles during September 2013.
    • The illustration numbers were determined by evaluating the Median rents of these one-bedrooms in Los Angeles from September 1 - September 30, 2013. 
    • Some of the data we used came from USC’s Casden MultiFamily 2013 Report
    • The infographic was designed by the very talented Annie Carbo! Thanks Annie! You rock!
  13. RadPad’s 2013 Presidents Cup goes to… (drum roll please)… Tim!

    The President’s Cup is awarded to an individual who consistently and undeniably gives of themselves for the greater good and benefit of everyone who is part of team RadPad.

    Our very first President’s Cup winner is Tim Watson, the guy responsible for building RadPad’s mobile app. Every aspect of how the app works, how it performs and responds to the demands of our customers can be attributed to Tim’s genius. 


    For example, we’ve had over 12 app submissions since we launched RadPad and Tim has had a 100% Apple approval rate, something that is almost unheard of. He’s the best iOS engineer I’ve ever been lucky enough to have worked with and RadPad is very lucky to have him.

    This year I wanted to recognize someone for being RadPad’s MVP. While this award could have gone to anyone on our team, Tim really embodies the very essence of what this award means. 

    These qualities include:

    • Extreme hard work & an acute focus to detail.
    • An integrity & honesty that can’t be argued.
    • Ups the standards of excellence of the entire company through their own example and quality of their work.
    • A friend, teammate and leader.
    • Loyalty and passion.
    • A near perfect record of attendance.

    So congratulations Tim! You not only deserve this award but have set a standard that will only continue to elevate the level of respect for what it means to be awarded RadPad’s President’s Cup.

    - Jon

  14. Our new shirts. Pretty cool eh?

  15. RadPad for iOS7.

    Say ‘Hello’ to the brand new RadPad

    Our best version yet. We re-imagined RadPad to work harder for you.

    We’ve added thousands of awesome new apartments, condo’s and houses that are for rent in the most demanded neighborhoods and a lot of our focus is continuing to add more and more great rentals to RadPad.

    Now standard on RadPad for iOS7:

    Verified listings
    Because you deserve to talk to a real, vetted human being who isn’t out to scam you. Just look for the verified badge. 

    Quick Message
    See a place you like? Quick message is the easiest, quickest way to get in touch with the property owner. It’s also the safest and most trusted since communication now flows through RadPad.

    Lister profiles
    See a pad you like but it’s rented, above your price range or not in the right neighborhood? Maybe the lister has more great rentals to offer. Now you can see of all of their listings on their profile page. 

    A video’s just more fun to watch. Look for the video icon to play a video tour of the pad. 

    Tilt your phone side-to-side to experience this subtle effect that brings photos to life. 

    RadPad is also mobile friendly so even if you don’t have an iPhone, you’ll still get a great experience. Just go to: http://onradpad.com from your mobile browser.