If you own and rent out property, you know that landlords wear many hats. Often you may find yourself playing the roles of repair person, general contractor, real estate agent, and customer service rep—and that’s if you have tenants in the property. If you need to find new tenants to fill a vacancy, you can add several other roles to the list.
Fortunately, we live in an age where there’s an app for everything—including filling rental properties quickly and safely. All you need to take your properties into the modern age of tech are a mobile device and a reliable internet connection. Then just use one of the following five apps to help you get tenants in the door and manage them all once they’ve moved in.
1. Mobile Landlord
The free Mobile Landlord app helps you keep all the information you need to maintain your properties in one place. Whether it’s keeping notes on possible tenants, maintaining a list of favorite contractors, or setting reminders for maintenance and inspections, the Mobile Landlord app has you covered.
The app allows you to set up profiles for up to five properties, and it can keep your notes and information for each property separate from the others. You won’t have to worry about getting things mixed up. This organization and separation can be important for tenant safety if you rent to someone with allergies or other special needs—you’ll want to make sure you have those notes assigned to the right property.
RentalStep is a service that aims to connect tenants and landlords in a way that’s mutually beneficial by offering landlords a way to screen tenants and find a good match for their property. The service allows renters to create profiles where they can showcase their good rental history and receive recommendations from landlords.
When it’s time for you to fill one of your properties, you can hop on and see the reviews, testimonials, and recommendations. It’s a bit like an online résumé for renters, and it makes it a snap to verify that possible tenants will pay rent on time and not trash your property. The service is free for landlords, so there’s no reason not to check it out.
RentalStep is available on the web, so you can use it on any platform.
3. Zillow Rental Manager
You’re probably familiar with Zillow as a listing service for properties, but the Zillow Rental Manager app goes one step further for landlords. This app allows you to list your properties on several sites at once, cutting down on the amount of work involved while giving you complete control of the process.
The multisite listing ability is particularly handy for landlords with multiple properties to fill and manage—these are time-consuming tasks, so anything that can streamline your rental operations is worth a look. Zillow also offers landlords a variety of tools and resources to help with screening tenants, managing properties, improving your listings, and more.
4. Rentometer Express
If you want to quickly see how your rent stacks up against the competition, Rentometer Express is the app for you. Just answer a couple of questions to find out the rent range for the area around a property, as well as a comparison to the local average.
This fast data makes Rentometer Express a great tool for diagnosing a stagnant property that’s been on the market too long. It can also be handy for checking comp pricing before setting your own price, without needing to wait for your realtor to get back to you.
Rentometer Express is available for iOS devices.
If you’re having a difficult time finding permanent tenants for your properties, consider listing them on Airbnb. This can help provide an income stream to cover expenses while you search for more permanent residents. Airbnb is also a very safe way to rent out a property—the company even provides comprehensive Host Protection Insurance to help cover you if things don’t go well.
Airbnb listings have the potential to make some serious money, though they may be less of a secure income than a long-term tenant. The app makes it easy to manage guests and update listings with the ability to handle everything from payments to messaging.
Whichever apps you choose, make sure to take your time and screen your tenants thoroughly. These tools are useful, but they can’t replace common sense and due diligence. Do you have a favorite app for finding tenants? Let us know in the comments.
Author Bio: Victoria Schmid is a freelance writer with a background in television and digital journalism. She enjoys writing articles about smart technology that will educate and inspire readers. She has a passion for news, writing, and reading. Her writing has been featured on sites including Entrepreneur.com.
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