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”
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.
Continue reading “How Much Do Love Actually Houses Cost to Rent Today?”
(Published 2012. Last updated March, 2017)
We want your property advert to get as much attention a possible. We’ve identified seven major areas where you can improve it, and written a guide for each!
Click on a section below for an in-depth guide, or scroll down for a summary.
Continue reading “How can I attract more tenants to my property listing?”
Setting up as a private landlord can be fantastic source of income in a world of rock-bottom interest rates and stormy instability. There’s a lot you’ll have to do before you hand your new tenants the keys, but with this comprehensive checklist, you’ll be renting out your property before you know it!
At OpenRent, we’ve set up thousands of tenancies and have written this guide to pass on all the knowledge we’ve picked up. Here is how to set up your property and find the perfect tenants in six easy steps.
Continue reading “Six Steps to Becoming a Private Landlord”
OpenRent helps thousands of landlords a month find tenants for their properties, and from time to time we are asked for advice on mortgages – by buy to let pros and “accidental” landlords alike. We chatted through some common mortgage dilemmas with Matthew Naylor of whole of market broker Ascot Mortgages.
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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.
Continue reading “Rip-off agent fees: when will it end?”
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!
Continue reading “A landlord’s guide to property photography”
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.
Continue reading “Now listing on Gumtree – and free daily bumps!”
Up until now OpenRent has helped hundreds of landlords find tenants for their properties of all shapes and sizes, up and down the country.
Continue reading “How to list your shared house on Rightmove, Zoopla, FindAProperty and more…”
Halifax think it is. Their Buying vs Renting Review released last month claimed that average monthly costs associated with buying a 3 bedroom house were 18% lower if buying the property rather than renting, although behind this headline-grabbing figure they showed that in most UK regions it was more like a 7% gap. Continue reading “Is it cheaper to buy rather than rent?”