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Best property websites for landlords

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Bonny Dellow

29 April 2016

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While most landlords are fairly familiar with the likes of Zoopla and Rightmove, those newer to the game may be unaware of the best property websites for their specific listing needs.

Despite worries over the future of buy-to-let, research suggests it’s still profitable. This, however, means plenty of competition for tenants, so choosing the best property sites for your needs is crucial.

Advertise your property for free

There’s a school of thought that says the biggest and most expensive sites are the best property portals. And whilst the free options may not induce quite as many suitors, for many landlords the benefits - and of course savings - of using the free services can make it worthwhile.

And here are some of the free property sites that you should consider using:

Gumtree

When it’s not a rabbit hole leading to everything from faulty tables to VHS collections, it doubles as one of the best rental property sites out there. It’s completely free to list your property, but premium packages are available starting from under £10.

Craigslist

Again, some of the adverts on the site can be, let’s say, niche. But with millions (and millions) of daily hits, it’s a totally free resource that can be highly effective in the search for tenants.

SpareRoom

This service is primarily for renting out individual rooms as opposed to entire properties, but as one of the more popular free services in the UK, it should be high on your priority list. As one of the best letting websites, they do offer a premium paid-for package that will boost your listing.

Airbnb

Slightly left-field we admit, and for those landlords looking for longer term tenants, this probably isn’t for you. However, with profitable short-term rates and an easy-to-get-going website, the share economy specialist listing site could be a goer.

Incidentally, landlords who do let more conventionally should still keep an eye on Airbnb, with Airbnb subletting a growing concern.

And some other smaller free sites worth checking out:

  • House Ladder
  • Loot
  • Simple 2 Rent
  • Letmatch

Should you list on the big sites?

Inevitably, listing on the smaller - albeit free - property listing websites will yield fewer prospective tenants, with Rightmove and Zoopla still dominant in the market.

And for landlords desperate to find a tenant as soon as possible, coughing up the required money to appear on the bigger sites may be the only option. This can be especially true if your landlord insurance has specific unoccupancy restrictions.

To advertise on Rightmove and Zoopla, you’ll be required to find a lettings or estate agent and list through them - at a cost. However, you may be able to trim the costs by working with an online agency.

How do you list your property? Are the free sites worthwhile? Let us know in the comments below.

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