New tenant-find service to give local landlords national platform

 new nationwide business is being set up which could challenge traditional local tenant-find services whilst tempting them away from newspaper advertising. It will also give the well-established uPad, which styles itself a 'self-service lettings agency', a run for its money.



It will deal direct with landlords and give them a marketing platform on all the major property portals, including Rightmove, FindaProperty and Zoopla.



For an all-in price of £49, it will also carry out tenancy referencing. uPad offers a similar service for £99.



Describing itself as an online letting agent, Movestart.co.uk is being launched in partnership with nationwide tenant eviction and referencing firm Landlord Assist.



It says its price compares favourably with landlords’ normal local press advertising at between £50 and £70 a week.

 

Graham Kinnear, managing director at Landlord Assist, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed by Movestart as the sole referencing provider for their online venture. Property marketing websites are predominantly aimed at homebuyers, so we are thrilled to see such a comprehensive portal launched for landlords looking to target new tenants.



“We hope our relationship will help landlords find the right tenants.

 

“We feel that private landlords will view this initiative as a real alternative to traditional newspaper advertising.

 

“The two options are comparable in price. Printed media has a shelf life of seven days and an audience of a few thousand in the immediate locality. The Movestart offering provides a nationwide audience of millions, description of the property, photographs of the property, and a promise that it will be advertised until a tenant is found.”

 

Peter Lamb from Movestart said: “We took a look at the market and tried to develop a truly trail-blazing service.



“By combining tenant finding with tenant referencing, we can be certain that we are proposing the most suitable tenants for our clients’ properties at a fraction of the costs that are normally incurred.”

 

The new company, which also offers low-cost EPCs and gas safety certificates, says it aims to become the preferred solution to a wide range of landlords’ needs, is due to be launched on January 1.

 

 

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