Finding quality students whilst achieving the best market rent is a key priority to landlords, as well as ensuring the property is well maintained and cared for. In order to maximize the return on your investment and prevent void periods, you need a letting agent who understands the market, the student community, and critically how to attract the best tenants, who’ll treat your property as a home-from-home.
We’ve worked with student landlords for over 15 years and are proud to be the market-leading provider of student accommodation across the city, providing a service that is both reliable and trusted.
Our experience has enabled us to develop a unique and robust method for securing suitable tenants, whilst maximising rental yields and providing long-term management and support to both landlords and tenants alike.
Presenting your property
Student accommodation has improved in quality substantially in recent years and with the increasing number of purpose-built accommodation on offer, its important to ensure your property stands out and is both functional and aesthetically appealing to prospective tenants.
By ensuring your property is well-presented with modern styling and equipped to meet the needs of a busy shared household, you’ll see an improvement in both the rent achieved and speed in which your property is let. We also find better presented homes attract more considerate tenants who take greater care of the property throughout the tenancy.
Whilst you don’t want to create a party area, gardens are often overlooked in HMO properties, leading to wildly overgrown lawns and hedges, which are unattractive to students when showing the property. We recommend clearing the garden and laying gravel or decking, with tidy fencing and proper seating areas, creating a relaxing space outdoors – it can be a real feature and selling point.
Kitchens & Bathrooms
One of the most important areas of any HMO, it’s really important to ensure these are clean, modern and fit for purpose. Make sure there is plenty of kitchen storage and worktop space, as well as large appliances. Including a dishwasher is a must in an HMO! Bathrooms should be fresh and modern and shower enclosures take priority over baths. Add modern grey tiling to bathrooms, colourful splashbacks to kitchens and you’ll see students racing to secure the property.
Marketing your Property
Attracting tenants and getting the best group for the property is crucial. With over 3,000 HMOs and 5,000+ halls-style rooms available, students take to the internet in their search and quickly choose properties that stand out in listings and search results.
At Brand Vaughan we have a comprehensive and detailed marketing strategy, which is tailored to every property and underpinned by an experienced, dedicated and knowledgeable team of experts who work closely with every student to help them find the perfect home that matches their requirements. In the last 12 months alone, we received over 10,000 individual enquiries for properties.
With the major property portals covered, as well as student specific accommodation platforms, we ensure your property gets maximum online exposure. We’ve also built an exclusive online community for students, with over 5,000 social media users, and 12,000 students subscribed to our student newsletter all looking for their next home.
looking after your tenants
Finding quality tenants is the first step to a successful tenancy, but the real work begins once they’ve moved in. We work hard to ensure all our tenants have a positive experience and consistently recommend us to others.
All our tenants receive a student handbook we’ve put together with all the necessary information to help them navigate renting a property with independence and know when to ask for help. Our monthly newsletter helps tenants keep up to date with their obligations, as well as providing tips and suggestions for saving money on bills, understanding their obligations (time to mow the lawn!) and events in the area. Our routine inspections ensure we keep a close eye on the property but also enable us to build a genuine relationship with your tenants (and neighbours), all of which helps create a harmonious tenancy and well-cared for property.
Protecting Your Investment
Having a dedicated team of local experts combined with the latest technology in place will help to protect your investment. We take the time to build relationships with our landlords’ tenants and invest in modern technology to ensure reporting maintenance and overseeing repairs is completed on time and at competitive prices. From routine inspections to rapid response for emergencies, our teams are on hand 24/7, 365 days a year.
8 Week Deposit Cover
Our extremely popular No Deposit Option is available at all service levels and increases the level of cover for damages, cleaning or unpaid rent from a maximum of 5 weeks’ rent to a full 8 weeks. Over 75% of our tenants choose this option, as opposed to paying a traditional damage deposit. As well as enhanced cover for landlords, you’ll benefit from a significantly quicker end-of-tenant process that sees payment made to you within as little as seven days.
Over 80% of students renting properties with us do so with a bills inclusive package. The majority of students now seek properties where their utility bills are included with their rent, making for one easy payment each month. By offering your property with our bills-inclusive package, you’ll attract more potential tenants to your property, whilst also taking away the stress and time spent sorting out utility accounts.
We're here to help
Speak to our team today to find out how we can find you tenants quickly for upcoming academic year, at the best rent.
Our services can be tailored to meet your specific needs, from finding tenants to full management, as well as advice and assistance with everything from sourcing other investments to refurbishing your existing properties.
We’ve agreed over 450 tenancies for the 2023-24 academic year already, with an average rent of £167pppw.