If you’ve ever been a private landlord before, you’ll know that it can be a nightmare of paperwork and advertising. Plus, whenever a tenant leaves you’re stuck dealing with it all over again. Wouldn’t it be great if an online service would make it easier for you? Well, they have.
Rentlord is a new, free online service designed primarily to make the lives of landlords easier. Rentlord makes it easy to instantly list your home as available on several of the biggest property rental websites, then to negotiate the paperwork step by step with your new tenants. Once your details are in the system, advertising your property to millions of people is as simple as flicking a switch. That’s bound to make your tenant search better.
Rentlord For Landlords
Advertising your house for rent is simple using Rentlord. You describe the house in basic terms, showing how many rooms and bathrooms are available and giving an exact postcode so that a Google Maps reference can be shown. When required, the house is then listed in some of the biggest UK property rental sites free of charge. All you need to do is flick a switch to say that it’s on the market.
Check out their introductory video.
Rentlord has worked with lawyers to write contracts that landlords can use safely, with records being stored in the Rentlord system so they can’t be misplaced or damaged. This makes it easy to start the tenancy agreement with your new tenant, but also to manage it down the track. Both parties have access to their contract records if necessary.
Rentlord For Tenants
As well as making it easy to start a tenancy with the landlord, Rentlord makes things extremely easy for tenants from then on. They offer an easy way to pay rent, connect utilities, pay bills and even split bills with other tenants. All the big UK utilities are easy to pay directly from the Rentlord site, and payments can be made for bills or to other tenants using PayPal. Email reminders can be sent to you and other tenants so that you never miss your rent or bill due dates again.
If there’s problems with the house, Rentlord makes it easy to contact your landlord and to hire contractors to fix things.
Rentlord For Sharehousing
If you’re renting a house and need to find a new person to share with, you can advertise for your new tenant via Rentlord. The advert will be seen on all the associated rental websites, then you can draw up your tenancy contract using pre-prepared forms on Rentlord. Rentlord keeps track of everything for you and makes everything as easy as possible for you.
Limitations Of Rentlord
Rentlord is currently limited to the UK only, but will soon expand to the US. Other users can sign up, but they’ll need to enter a UK postcode before they can make use of any of the services. Properties are only advertised in UK rental websites, so it’s clear as to why landlords would be limited to the UK. This is a little sad though, since the sharehousing facilities could potentially be useful to people worldwide, without needing to be in the UK.
Branching out into other countries would also involve Rentlord providing rental advertising and legal advice for these new markets. Each new country will certainly be a big step.
More Housing Services
There really aren’t any competing services to Rentlord. This one-stop portal for landlords and tenants is so far completely unique. There are some other great housing tools for landlords and tenants out there though:
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- Create a House Floor Plan with FloorPlanner
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Would you use a service like Rentlord as a landlord or tenant? Why or why not?
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