Mon 22 Feb 2021
In this two-minute read, we look at how technology can help landlords be more successful, do their bit for the planet, protect their tenants, and save money.
From smart TVs to one-click shopping, technology makes life a whole lot easier than it was 20 years ago for the average person.
It also has many benefits for private landlords and their tenants.
Here are our top tech tips.
There has been a surge in online viewings due to Covid-19. Pre-recorded tours mean prospective tenants can view properties at their leisure and your convenience – and on more than one occasion.
Being green has been all the rage for years, and prospective tenants will be impressed if their new home has a good EPC rating. You could possibly achieve a higher rent if your property is fitted with innovative energy-saving technology, and you’ll be able to attract eco-conscious, high-quality tenants.
Smart meters are already commonplace, while smart thermostats and energy-efficient lightbulbs are some of the other ways you could potentially save money.
Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Landlords are legally required to ensure properties are fitted with working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. But now, with intelligent detectors, landlords can be sent notifications to their phone if there’s a problem. These notifications can also be set up by your tenants on their phones, giving them extra peace of mind.
One of the biggest worries for any homeowner, let alone a landlord, is a property’s security. The good news is there are devices out there to protect both your property and your tenants’ belongings, meaning you can both sleep well at night.
Motion sensors can alert you to unexpected intruders. Simultaneously, remote security cameras can be linked to Wi-Fi, meaning it’s easy to keep tabs on the outside of your property from your phone – especially useful during any dreaded void period.
Of course, when it comes to security your tenants’ privacy must always be respected.
You might even want to think about installing smart locks. These can reduce the risk of lost keys and the chances of you, or a costly locksmith, being called out at any time of the day (or night).
The Best Thing A Landlord Can Do
While technology can give landlords a big helping hand, using an experienced, qualified, and conscientious letting agent remains the best move you can make for a successful tenancy.
I have years of experience with all things letting.
If you’re a bit daunted by any of the above, don’t worry. I’ll guide you through everything you need to know.