Bad Landlord? These Coders Are Here to Help

Mr. Kass, now 28, is part of a new crop of hackers building easy-to-use, data-driven tools to empower tenants and take on notoriously bad landlords.

News Story (New York)

Luis Ferré-Sadurní
New York Times (NYT)
December 4, 2018

Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant, Technology

Organizations mentioned/involved: Heat Seek,


Examples include an app called Heatseek, created by students at a coding academy, that allows tenants to record and report the temperature in their homes to ensure that landlords don’t skimp on the heat. There’s also the Displacement Alert Project, built by a coalition of affordable housing groups, that maps out buildings and neighborhoods at risk of displacement.

Now, many of these civic coders are trying to band together and formalize a community.