Five of the best apps for landlords
Looking to self-manage? We've sifted through a raft of different property apps that could help you manage your day to day, and come up with five of our favourites.
AroundMe is a mobile application for iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms that allows users to find nearby points of interest such as schools, transport links, bars and banks – the things that tenants consider a priority when looking for a new rental property.
This is a useful tool for landlords seeking out new investment opportunities in areas they are just getting to know.
Born out of frustration with high costs and poor service from letting agents, RentalStep aims to avoid pricey letting agents and unethical tenants. Set up by landlord and founder-CEO Mike Georgeson, it offers landlords the basic services of referencing, tenancy agreements and the right to rent checks for free. The mobile-optimised site allows landlords to list their properties on portals for a £20 fee. Landlords can also check reviews on tenants from their current landlord, but it works both ways as tenants can see how prospective landlords are rated too. For tenants, it provides a Tenant Passport so when they’re looking for a new place to rent, they can share their ‘Passport’ with any landlord, without having to be referenced again.
Landlord Studio was launched in 2016 by founder and landlord Charles Chan, who was looking around for software to manage his properties. The app provides a handy, intuitive dashboard showing all rent collected, outstanding amounts and overall cashflow, which then allows you to generate reports. Profiles can be created for each of your properties.
Pad offers landlords the chance to list property details on the app for free, promising to find you tenants within an hour. Tenants don't pay a traditional deposit, so it covers them for damage and default. Optional property management and maintenance services come at a price of £59 per month. Pad offers all the usual services of a letting agent, but you can view and manage offers via your dashboard. Once you accept an offer, the tenants sign the contract and set up direct debits via the app.
This completely free app claims to be a “DIY lettings toolbox in your pocket”. Landlords can add and advertise properties, manage tenancy applications, arrange viewings and conduct tenant searches, as well as digitally sign documents on the go. This intuitive dashboard also lets you track rent payments and maintenance requests in real time. Rentr generates a rent schedule and sends rent reminders, as well as keeping track of all payments and transactions you record in the app.
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