Since February 2016, landlords have a new job. As well as being a landlord, you are also an immigration officer for the government!
The Immigration Act 2014 imposes on all landlords in England (including lodger landlords) the obligation to find out whether the proposed occupants have a ‘right to rent’ property in the UK.
Continue reading “Right to Rent: Why You Should Check Before the Tenancy Agreement Is Signed”
Timing your rental property’s entry to the market is key to making the most of your advertising. Here is everything you need to know, with concrete steps you can take to ensure your advert does the best it can. Continue reading “When to Put Your Property on the Market”
In the UK, advertising your rental property online is now the normal way to find tenants. There’s a lot more to it, however, then sticking your property on Gumtree and then waiting for the phone to ring!
Here we use our experience as the UK’s largest letting agent to share our top tips on advertising your property online, helping you find great tenants faster and for less money! Continue reading “How to Get More People to See Your Property Advert”
Some landlords limit their tenant-pool by not advertising to certain groups. This is a leading reason why online property adverts sometimes fail to create enquiries and viewings. Put simply, the fewer people you advertise to, the fewer enquiries you will get.
Only around 20% of all households in England are private sector renters (although this is growing). That’s roughly 4.5m households. This means your market for tenants is not huge – especially outside of major cities.
Continue reading “Accepting DSS Tenants, Couples, Pets & Students”
When preparing the advert for your rental property, it can be tempting to miss out a floor plan. It’s not essential, right?
Actually, it’s an increasingly important part of a property advert. Don’t believe us? Here are 7 reasons to include a floor plan in your ad. Continue reading “7 Reasons a Floor Plan Will Get Your Advert More Attention”
Photos are the single most important part of your advert. But why?
It is key to remember that the overwhelming majority of tenants looking for a property online are using their phone – not their computer. This has some important consequences… Continue reading “How to Take Great Photos of Your Property”
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”