With today’s technology, there is a piece of software or app tailored towards just about anyone and everything. Apps and websites that help businesses and individuals make their lives easier are popular. In particular, tools to help people stay organized and reduce the effort they put into boring but necessary tasks tend to do well. One of the sectors that start-ups are increasingly targeting is property. Landlords are looking for ways to make managing their properties easier. Meanwhile, tenants want an easier and more transparent renting process.
Many tools have become available to landlords and tenants in the last few years. These include websites for landlords to advertise, property management systems and social media sites. But these start-ups aren’t always successful. In order to create a service for landlords or tenants, you need to know how they behave and what they need. Take a look at these landlord and tenant tasks and goals for inspiration for a property service start-up.
Easy Ways to List and Browse Property
Both landlords and tenants want easy ways to list, view and manage property for let or sale online. Being able to view property online means tenants can look for somewhere to live in their own time. Websites like Rightmove and Zoopla list properties from estate agents. Meanwhile, Gumtree and OpenRent allow private landlords to list on their own. Online letting agents are on the rise too, allowing private landlords to list their properties on the big sites for less.
Ways to Find Out More About a Property
Tenants don’t just want to know about how many bedrooms a house has, or if it has a garden. They also want to know about the surrounding area. They want to know how the house price stacks up against other properties on the same street. And they even ask about crime rates in the neighbourhood. If they want additional resources on homes in Bristol, they don’t want to have to visit several websites to find them. Some listing websites like Zoopla offer information like nearby schools and average house prices. And other non-property apps will give you statistics for different neighbourhoods.
Landlord and Tenant Communication
Landlords and tenants want ways to communicate each other. For example, it’s good for the landlord/tenant relationship if the tenant can check on the status of the repair they have asked for. They also like to be able to check up on a new application to rent a house. Improved communication between landlord and tenant keeps the property running smoothly.
Tools that allow for landlords to do everything from one system benefit both landlords and tenants. If with just one application landlords can perform checks, keep inventories and receive payments it keeps everything in one place. Tenants can easily pay their rent and notify their landlord of anything they need.
If you think you have a great idea for a property management tool, you should first research the current market. Take note of what’s doing well and where there might be a gap that you can fill.