How to Advertise on Rightmove & Zoopla as an independent landlord
You may have come across a common problem met by independent landlords when it comes to advertising your property to let – you can’t advertise on Rightmove & Zoopla. Being unable to advertise on these major property portals limits your tenant search drastically. This article explains how to advertise on Rightmove & Zoopla as an independent landlord because you can advertise your property through Upad.
How to Advertise on Rightmove
Many landlords do not know about Upad and therefore end up by:
- advertising in a local paper (restricts number of tenants)
- paying an agent a tenant find fee which can cost hundreds of pounds
I have used Upad myself twice now to advertise property for let and on both occasions I received well over 25 enquiries and the property was let agreed within 2 days. The basic advertising cost is £120 and the property is advertised on Rightmove and Zoopla. Upad email you with all of the tenant enquiries and provide contact details and email addresses of potential applicants. In my experience I have not needed to call the tenants as they call me once they have the information from Upad. Once you agree on a tenant, they pay Upad fees of £75 per tenant for referencing and credit check. They then email you a full report suggesting you either accept or reject with credit scores. I do the right of residency checks and identity checks myself when they view the property. I also ask tenants to complete an application form.
What You Need
In order to keep costs down to the prices mentioned above you will need to provide your own photos which are easy to upload onto the Upad site. You will also need to upload a copy of your EPC (which you have to update every 10 years by law). You just need to write a catchy ad (take a look at those put on by agents) and voila – you pay the fee and submit the advert.
Be prepared to receive loads of enquiries from A1 tenants as well as others of course.
Just to be upfront – I receive a small affiliate commission if you advertise through the above links but I wouldn’t recommend the service if I didn’t find it awesome. For a very small cost you get loads of tenants to choose from and in my experience the property is let much quicker than when advertising in a local rag. I have done both. In a nutshell, that is how to advertise on Rightmove and Zoopla as an independent landlord at low cost. You can have higher spec services or full management through Upad too but I don’t have any experience of using these.