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  • Technology

    Do you use Gumtree to find tenants?

    Gumtree has always been an easy choice for letting properties because 1. It’s free and 2. It produces a lot of enquiries. But it seems recently that landlords are choosing not to advertise their properties on Gumtree, instead opting for Rightmove, Zoopla and classified ads. We’ve found the following and it’s why we no longer offer Gumtree advertising:

    • There are usually lots of enquiries, but we’ve found that these come from applicants that aren’t serious, aren’t suitable or haven’t read the details correctly. This can be very frustrating when there are a lot of enquiries, because you have to screen each applicant yourself.
    • Yes, it’s free. But if your property is in a popular area, this means by day 3 of advertising, your property could be right down the listing results pages and not be seen. Gumtree offer a bumping service, but this can seriously add up: £7 a day to bump a listing in London, which equates to £49 a week, and around £3 a day in other areas.
    • As a business we tallied up where enquiries come from in relation to each portal, we found we received 4 Rightmove enquiries to every Gumtree enquiry! And when you consider the quality of applicants is better from Rightmove, a site solely dedicated to property, that’s a significant difference.
    • The site isn’t all that easy to navigate. The general layout is cluttered and it’s difficult to get accurate search results using the search function. Sometimes we’ve even struggled to find a landlord’s property, and we have all the details! Imagine how difficult it will be for a tenant to find what they’re looking for.
    • The site isn’t just for property listings. We’re not sure we trust the seriousness of an applicant if they can find a property in the same place they can find a spare tyre!

    What are your thoughts? Do you use Gumtree?

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    Hi

    You are absolutely correct. I find that Gumtree is not efficient enough to advertise for services that they cannot provide. It is a shame.

    I think UPAD and Spareroom are better.

    Roommate gives a lot of prospective tenants who are not serious and waste of time and money.

    This is my experience trying to let my 5 bedroom house in Harrow, London. Joseph

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    I agree Lucie.  My recent experience of Gumtree was not good.  However, when I advertised the room on spareroom, I got a suitable applicant within 24 hours who took the room and has proven to be a very good quality tenant.  Interestingly, he said to me that he looked for rooms on Spareroom because it seemed to have better quality landlords than Gumtree!

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    Agreed, although I think Gumtree had it's place a few years ago- before the likes of Rightmove and Zoopla. I've heard exactly the same from other landlords regarding Spareroom providing good leads but not Easy Roommate, it's quantity over quality as with Gumtree. Vanessa, very interesting to hear the tenants thoughts on better landlords being on Spareroom etc! 

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    Agree with all the above points as to why Gumtree is becoming less attractive - its not mobile friendly and navigation is poor. 

    if you are looking at somewhere to find tenants for free (seems Rightmove and Zoopla charge) - check out Realla.co to list your properties

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    We used to use the gumtree exclusively in the past but we noticed in the last 2-3 years the quality of applicants has dropped dramatically.

    We now use only OpenRent and get good quality applicants.  OpenRent has improved a lot over the years and for £29 you can get your ad on rightmove and zoopla (I'm not affiliated with them in any way, just a happy customer).

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    We've found exactly the same thing, we used to offer optional advertising on Gumtree but decided to withdraw it completely as it just wasn't producing good leads for landlords. Plus, for the price of a couple of weeks 'bumping' an ad on Gumtree, you can get a property on Rightmove and Zoopla!

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    I just used OpenRent for the second year and found it great. As has been mentioned, Gumtree reponses are variable at best, but the response via Rightmove this year was overwhelming!

    I used to advertise just on Gumtree but that was a few years ago. I wouldn't do it by choice now for property, or anything else for that matter.

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    I find the applicant quality is inferior, the reason tenants use GumTree is to avoid letting agents.
    The reason to avoid letting agents?

    It could well be because of the high fees or service. Unlikely though it is more likely due to Bad Credit, Past Evictions and other matters. They are looking for a gullible landlord that does not do such checks.

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    Looking for the Best BTL Mortgage? Call the Specialist Team at Bespoke Finance. The above is not financial advice, its me rambling - just passing time on a coffee break.

    I have found my best responses from spareroom

    Gumtree ISNT FREE

    The first ad you do is

    Thereafter it isn't!

    So I have used spareroom for whole and room lets successfully.

    And its all free.

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    Avoid - its the online version if you remember Loot.

    Even Upad allow you to opt-out of this site.

    Really poor quality applicants!

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