Tips for Leasing Your Property - Making Your Listing More Appealing
Looking to lease a room or a property or have you already been listing and not getting any enquiries? Try these tips and tricks which will help you make your listing more appealing to students seeking accommodation.
- Add lots of photos! Students like to see photos of the accommodation (rooms, shared areas, the building etc.).
- Pricing: Remember to keep the weekly price down - the more affordable your property, the more students will be inclined to take your property!
- You may want to consider adding in electricity and other utilities as well as internet into the weekly price. One price is easier than paying periodically when bills arrive. Just make sure you divide the amount between each person residing in the house evenly to keep it fair and equitable for everyone.
- Remember: it is illegal to charge a 'bond' for utilities, and if you are looking to charge for water, you will need to check if this is possible to do with the Tenant's Union of NSW - otherwise you could find yourself in hot water!
- Information: Try to put as much information in your listing as possible - this will be a great way to cut down unnecessary enquiries. Students will like to know (if applicable) who they are sharing with, how much bills are, if there is anything included in the weekly price etc.
- Rules: It is common for providers to enforce lots of rules on their prospective housemates. While the no drugs, alcohol and parties rule is extremely fair, you may want to consider not enforcing rules such as 'only allowed to wash clothing once per week', 'only use of kitchen before 9pm each night allowed', etc. as these rules, however innocent as they seem, can be offensive to some students as many cultures require different uses of facilities in a property for varying reasons.
- Watch your netiquette! Netiquette is the social and moral code of internet use. There are ten common rules surrounding netiquette (such as typing in uppercase, which is construed as yelling). As our society is now largely influenced by and communication very much based on the internet and social media, these simple rules are important. For more in-depth information on netiquette, click here. UOW also has its own netiquette guide which you can find here.