16 of the most useful apps for letting agents

Time is money for letting agents, so it makes sense to harness technology to take the drudgery out of those routine administrative tasks.

With dozens of smartphone and tablet apps available on the market, we’ve cherry-picked a selection that are most likely to be useful to letting agents.

Managing the office on the move

These apps turn your mobile phone into a mini-office while you are on the move between appointments:

  • Drop Box – A multi-platform storage drive accessible from laptops, smartphones and tablets running iOS, Android or windows operating systems. A place to safely keep application forms, tenancy agreements, correspondence and other documents that you might need to grab on the go. Alternatives include Google Drive, One Drive and Amazon Drive
  • DocuSign – The market-leading app for signing documents electronically. Landlords and tenants can read and sign tenancy agreements, inventories and other documents online
  • Cam Scanner – Uses a smartphone or tablet as a document scanner and auto connects to cloud storage
  • Evernote – Keep organised with a note-taking and reminder app for to-do lists, memos and day-to-day jottings that stores text, images, files and other data in the cloud
  • Hootsuite – A social media hub and dashboard where you can see all your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other accounts in one place. Allows scheduling of posts
  • WhatsApp – The instant chat and messaging app that lets you set up one-to-one or group chats with the office, landlords, tenants, contractors and other business contacts
  • Movebubble – An app that links renters, landlords and letting agents in London postcodes.  The developers claim to have 250,000 renters signed up in the capital

Other key business areas are also well supplied with apps.

Floor planning is a breeze with one of several offerings – zPlan is designed to draw and store an app in places without an internet connection. The app can also render plans in 3D.

Magicplan draws up a plan from a photograph of a room. You can then add doors, windows and other features.

Premiums start from £9.33* a month

*Based on £100,000 worth of cover. Plus insurance premium tax (IPT) currently at 12%.

Finding those need-to-know answers

Letting agent apps are great for providing instant answers to questions from landlords and tenants.

Check My Street and Streetcheck list details about the jobs and age of people in the neighbourhood.

Web apps can also show data about schoolscouncil tax and crime in an area.

Broadband speeds can also help tenants decide whether to rent a home – and government regulator Ofcom has an online broadband speed and mobile phone coverage checker.

Comparison site USwitch has online and telephone contact numbers for finding out which company provides gas and electricity to a home.

Some of the apps are free, but most come with a trial period at no charge followed by a small or enterprise business subscription when the trial period comes to an end.

Other business areas, such as property management and accounting come with their own software packages that are browser based, which means you can access them on the move across the internet.

It is of course always important to remember that while using technology such as apps can provide valuable support to you and your business, you should always ensure that you remain GDPR compliant and are aware of your legal obligations.

Premiums start from £9.33* a month

*Based on £100,000 worth of cover. Plus insurance premium tax (IPT) currently at 12%.