A landlord has launched a private rental market reviews platform that seeks to enable good tenants and landlords to promote themselves to each other, for free, and give each other star-based score.
Former RAF helicopter pilot turned Oldham landlord Jon Maumy says his Tenancy Trust platform does not – like other reviews sites – concentrate on tenants and their complaints.
He says the service prompts landlords to ask tenants to give them reviews and also tenants to ask landlords for feedback.
And Tenancy Trust allows both landlords and other service providers to promote their properties and services to tenants free of charge.
Maumy says he came up with the idea while researching the property market as part of a post-graduate business course at the University of Northampton.
“Property rentals are like a blind date where both parties have to make a rapid commitment,” he says.
“Landlords entrust their costly properties to tenants they have never met who in turn agree to hand over a significant part of their income.
“While there are horror stories on both sides, the majority of landlords and tenants are decent but they need a better way to show it.
“Tenancy Trust allows them to use reviews in a pro-active way to build trust. It also plays a useful role in the referencing process.”
Maumy claims his service also enables tenants build a track record to help secure the best properties just as they might use their CV to get the right jobs.
“This is particularly important now competition is getting tougher and people are renting for longer before they buy,” he says.