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.
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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.
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(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.
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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.
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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.
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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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