How you can still let and manage your properties during COVID-19
Despite current government restrictions on daily life, the rental market is still alive and kicking with tenant enquiries. To help you adjust during the UK lockdown period and generate as many leads as possible, our Bunk letting experts have summarised some useful tips for letting your property.
Advertising your Property
In these uncertain times – advertise with as much information as possible. Don’t hold back on writing a detailed description of your property and let tenants know if you are offering any additional support.
The best resource to replace in-person viewings is a virtual walkthrough. You (or your current tenant) can easily record a video of your property on any smartphone, tablet or camera. Bunk can then help you get this listed to all major portals.
Here are some top tips for recording your tour:
- Plan out the best route through the property beforehand.
- Utilise bright natural light to help show off the rooms to their best.
- Make sure to film in landscape format to provide a fuller view.
- Scan slowly across each room from various angles.
- Keep it short and sweet, between 2-3 minutes long to make the most out of the viewer’s attention.
We are seeing an increase in enquiries for properties that include a virtual viewing – these properties qualify for the new ‘Online Viewing’ label on Rightmove, which helps your advert stand out.
In no way does this mean that you shouldn’t make efforts with your property photos. Tenants want to see as much of the property as possible. We also recommend adding a floor plan with your listing, which will help tenants get a better feel for the layout and size of each room and pairs well with the virtual tour.
Setting up a Tenancy
The UK Government is temporarily allowing digital Right to Rent checks – which means the entire move-in process can now be handled remotely. Once you’ve found tenants who are ready to put in an offer, there are a variety of online tools available to help you carry out checks, references and sign a digital tenancy agreement, without needing any face-to-face contact. If you’re a Bunk user then you will be able to advertise your property, perform all tenant checks and sign tenancy agreements as part of your subscription.
Bunk is the all-in-one platform for Landlords and Tenants that offers all of the above and more. Backed by the likes of Nationwide, it’s a hassle-free, low-cost service that could help you save thousands.