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Hi there, sorry for the delay, only just found the Community!

We were using a high street letting agent. We used them for two tenancies. For the first one they were OK, the tenant stayed 18 months and always paid his rent. Then he went to prison and the agency were very helpful in ending the tenancy and finding us a new tenant. Then the agency changed hands and the new staff were useless. When the second tenant wanted to end the tenancy before the six months (something we were willing to do), the agency staff were no help at all, they did not seem to know what they were doing. We had to find out what to do ourselves to end the tenancy legally and retain some of the deposit for damage she had caused. So we decided to ‘do it ourselves’ and whilst researching how to do this came across Openrent. This seemed ideal for us so we signed up and indeed have been extremely satisfied with the service. Hope this helps!

ETA : The tenant we got via OpenRent has been excellent, rent paid without fail :slight_smile:


Hi Sam,

Isaac here :slight_smile:

I’m a new landlord and would like to introduce myself to the Open Rent community. I’ve recently listed a neat and tidy 1 bedroom flat in the South East area of London (very close to the Old Kent Road).

I see a future for me in property development so I’d much like to liaise and connect with other landlords and tenants alike.

I hope to one day add value to this community / space and also learn from it in the interim.


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Hi Isaac,

Great stuff, welcome!

Feel free to share a link to your listing on OpenRent :grinning:

Hope you find some interesting content on here, and by all means do get involved in the discussion.


Thanks Simon. :blush:

I’ve updated the post to include a link to the listing.

Certainly will get involved.

Have a great day. :sunny:



Hi I’m Susan nice to meet you I hope you will be able to help me I’m looking for a one bed flat to rent back in Leicester as my partner sadly past away and I really need to be back near my children as they will be able to see me as and when they won’t I’m on long term sick my benefits are high rate pip and high rate ESA could you please let me now thank you so much Susan.

Hi @Susan2

We’ve had a similar question about renting, and I’ve answered this here:


Do you except housing benefit could you please let me now thank you so much Susan.

Hi All,
I’m Zeferina, a parent looking for an affordable place around Curry Mile, Manchester. The place is for my daughter and friends who is studying in U of Manchester, for 2019/2020 session.

Hi Zeferina,

Welcome! Sam has provided some handy info on how to find your ideal property on OpenRent:

Best of luck with the search :grinning:

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I don’t live in the UK and I am looking to move to Kidderminster with my husband. Any advice? Can I find a place that doesn’t require reference? Thank you

Hi Diana,

The majority of landlords will want to perform referencing checks on their tenants, so it could be quite hard to find a landlord who doesn’t.

As I’m sure you know, you can find all properties in Kidderminster here.

It’s possible to message landlords to ask if they require you and your husband to be referenced, but it would be unusual for them not to want to do this.

It’s important to note, however, that you can still let a property even if you fail referencing, so I would recommend applying to properties in the normal way, and then seeing how referencing goes.

We’ve made a guide on how landlords can let to tenants who fail referencing here, and this does happen very often.

Best of luck with your move!

Hi everyone… I’m needing some advice please… I have a rogue landlord who will not fix or repair anything… my main issue is that there are cracked pipes in the field and caused problems with the waste water from the bath and toilet… I had been reporting this to both landlords for 2years… I had been having to manually remove Human excrement and toilet paper from the drain and from the back of the house and the side of the house where it all had been running down onto the front garden… could anyone advise on what legal action I could take? Many thanks Scott

Hello my name is jess, thanks for adding me, I’m a tenant looking for a house to rent in frinton on sea . Was just wondering really if I go through a letting agent how can I be sure that they are letting landlords choose a tenant or even passing on information that might help a landlord decide on who should be considered ?

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Hi Jess, To be honest, you can’t tell.

Part of what a high street letting agent does is ‘screen’ or ‘filter’ tenant enquiries based on their judgement of what their client, the landlord, wants.

But if the letting agent is also going to be managing the property, then they will obviously just pick tenants that they think will be easy to manage.

But those tenants aren’t always the best tenants. Landlords want tenants who will take an active role in keeping the property in good repair, not tenants who put with defects and don’t report them. Not reporting things like leaks or mould can mean big repair costs later.

We think it’s best for landlords to have a direct relationship with their tenants, and we facilitate that wherever we can.

Thankyou, I dont suppose you would happen to know if there are any landlords from frinton on sea on open rent ?

Hi, Sure, you can just search for Frinton here.

Hi Everybody.
I am James. First of all sorry that my ID has come up as jxq83; it seems to have been created for me and I would like to change it to something more human, if the forum can advise me how.
I’m only a small time landlord, investing a bit of money on a couple of buy to let’s, so I’m hoping we could share views, ideas experiences etc and not to forget, decent practice, as most of our tenants are probably those who cannot yet get on the property ladder.
Well… I guess that’s all that might be interesting that I could say about myself as a landlord. I do hope we get on well.
James Q.

Hi James, I’ve just changed your username to James_Q! Hope that’s ok. Otherwise you can just click on your profile, go to Preferences and change it yourself.


Hello Sam. My name is Lawrence and I will arrive to the UK on the 23th of October with my girlfriend. We are looking to rent a studio or something similer in Luton. Can you please help me with that? Thank you for your time and consideration. Have a great day.

Hey! Just search for luton on and you’ll see everything we have there.