Find a Tenant Guide
Advertising with my-let is a great start to finding your perfect tenant.
Here, we've put together a list of our top tips to help you.
Prepare your Property
It might sound obvious, but clean your property thoroughly.
Tenants are more likely to take your property if it's clean.
Also, prior to taking the photos, remove items that won't be let in the property.
You're either making the property look too full or you're giving the impression of something the tenant won't be getting.
Getting the rental amount right
Setting the right rental level is one of the most vital parts of preparing your advert.
Consider that not only does it help your tenants decide if they'll consider renting your property,
but also that they almost always search with a price range, so your property might not even appear in front of them,
however good your property and advert are!
Too high or low and your property won't appear in their search.
But you want it to compare favourably against similar properties,
so our 1st tip is to go onto
and perform a search for similar properties in your area to see what they're being advertised for.
Consider a lower rent to find a tenant quicker.
Look at the price ranges tenants can search within on the main search sites.
For example, if your property last rented out at £720.
Currently on Rightmove and Zoopla, the prices around that range are: £600 £700 £800.
So someone might search between £600 - £700 if their maximum rent to pay out was £700, knowing they couldn't pay £750 or £800,
even if they could actually stretch to £720, so you might find a tenant quicker by dropping the rent to £700.
So if you found a tenant just 1 month quicker with the lower rent, you'd actually earn £480 more in the 1st year!
And you could consider increasing the rent, after a fair time, back to £720.
Quality, Clear Photos
Photos are the number 1 item in an advert that makes tenants enquire, so it's important to get these right.
If you can, get a professional to take the photos.
If not, then, at least, consider what the professionals do.
Look on Rightmove at similar properties:
- How do they take their photos?
- What angles do they use?
- Which rooms do they highlight?
Take your photos on a sunny day if possible and use a tripod.
Make sure your photos are straight.
Use photo editing software to straighten them or to make them a little brighter.
Having a Floorplan
Floorplans show your enquirers the layout of your property before they arrive.
This helps to whittle out wasted viewings for people that don't know what to expect of the layout and
also to show off parts of your property that the viewer might dismiss if there wasn't a floorplan there.
We can provide a professionally-drawn floorplan, based off your sketch. See here for full details of
our floorplan service.
A Great Description
After photos and a floorplan, the description is your final chance to tell viewers about your property.
Be sure to summarise the important parts of your property, especially the surprising and unknown aspects;
that extra storage area, the hidden garden or the outhouse with electricity, perfect for hobbies.
And then a brief room by room description is often helpful.
Don't forget to use the separate sections for each room when adding your descriptions.
This helps the description to read better and not be a long diatribe.
Keep an eye on your email to find out, as soon as can, when you have an enquiry and respond back to them quickly.
Remember, the people enquiring about your property will also see other properties and be enquiring about those.
The early bird catches the worm.
You can discuss the enquirers circumstances with them using our anonymous chat, but as soon as you're comfortable doing so,
sharing your phone number will allow the enquirer to contact you direct, so will help to get that viewing that you both need.
Arrange Viewings Clearly
You can use the diary and appointment manager that's available with your account to arrange viewings with your viewers.
This will send a text message (and email) to the viewer to remind them of the viewing, will tell them the address and postcode of the property and
give them an apportunity to confirm or cancel the appointment, which will be relayed to you, to save you time with no shows.
If you organise your viewings without our appointment manager, here's a couple of tips to save you time:
- Tell the viewer the full address including house number and postcode.
- Give the viewer a contact number to enable them to cancel a viewing, to prevent a no show.
If you can give them a mobile number, it's worthwhile to suggest they send a text message.
This removes some of the stigma of speaking with you to cancel and will save you time attending a no show.