5 Tips for Renting to Students

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If you want to enjoy an uneventful student tenancy, this post is for you!

Did you know that 14% of landlords let to students? If you are a landlord in a university town, learning how to accommodate student tenants’ needs with minimal friction is crucial.

To give us some great advice on the unique needs of student tenants, student interest website Save the Student has shared their top five tips on renting to students. Read on and find out how to minimise your risk when renting to Britain’s next generation. Continue reading “5 Tips for Renting to Students”

How Much Do Love Actually Houses Cost to Rent Today?

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We use our database of rental prices to show you how much homes from Love Actually would cost to rent today!

A sequel to 2003 film Love Actually has been announced for Red Nose Day 2017. It’s got us thinking…

Love Actually was a real who’s-who of British film. But it was also a showcase of London’s most desirable homes. Come on, who wouldn’t want to live in Colin Firth’s gorgeous Chiswick flat or Keira Knightley’s cute Notting Hill terrace?

But enough dreaming! It’s time to find out exactly how much these insanely bougie properties would cost to rent in today’s money. So take our hand and join us on a night bus ride of greed and desire, as we tour the houses featured in Richard Curtis’ Christmas Rom-Com masterpiece, Love Actually.

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Rip-off agent fees: when will it end?

For renters, the cost of moving home can be substantial.  Not only are deposits of 6 weeks’ rent commonplace – on top of this, tenants are usually charged fees by letting agents to cover referencing, contract signing and other “admin”. Earlier this year consumer magazine Which? found that the average fee charged to tenants was £310 each, and the highest was £420. Since these fees aren’t usually disclosed until a tenant has already seen a property, and sometimes not until they’ve put down a deposit on a property they like, it’s not hard to see why many consider them unfair.

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A landlord’s guide to property photography

OpenRent makes it easy to advertise your property to thousands of potential tenants – but if you haven’t spent much time thinking about photos, you might not be making the most out of your audience.  A survey of some of the 25,000 properties rented via our platform in the last year shows that a listing with good photos can generate a staggering 10x as many enquiries as one with poorly taken shots – so here’s a quick 1-2-3 to taking great photos. Not only that, but landlords can achieve 10% higher rent with professional quality photos!

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Now listing on Gumtree – and free daily bumps!

At OpenRent we’re building a one-stop shop for all a landlord’s needs, from finding great tenants to referencing, contracts, deposit registration and everything in between. Use as many or as few of our services as you like, from just £29 per property! Since we ban admin fees and only charge £20 each for referencing when it’s requested, we’re great for tenants too.

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More portals – and free listings for all!

We are delighted to announce some new features launching today on OpenRent!

More portals – Rightmove, Zoopla, FindAProperty, PrimeLocation and More

The first change is that based on feedback from our landlord customers, we have now partnered with Zoopla, FindAProperty and PrimeLocation in addition to Rightmove to give you even better coverage of tenant searches in the UK.  The sites we now list you with receive a combined total of more than 10 million searches a month, giving you the best possible chance of finding your ideal tenant!

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OpenRent Launches £20 Online Letting Service!

The OpenRent team are excited to announce the launch of our Landlord service today!

For the ridiculously low price of £20 you get:

  • Listing on our site as well as Rightmove.co.uk to advertise your property to thousands of high quality tenants
  • Referencing of your new tenants
  • A tenancy agreement and access to our digital signing service
  • Registration of the tenancy deposit
  • Processing the first month’s rent payment
  • No further fees or hidden charges – you deal directly with tenants and do the viewings – we take care of everything else!

Sound good?  Check out our info page for more detail on how OpenRent works.  We look forward to helping you rent your property soon!