Free rental listing tools are the best way to get your vacant property in front of as many renters as possible as quickly as possible.
Finding new tenants is one of the more time-consuming and stressful aspects of owning a rental property. You need great photography of the property, to write an attractive listing with a catchy title, and to find various places to list your vacancy.
Once you’ve done all that, you need to sift through and pre-screen all your tenant applications and run tenant screening reports. Finally, you’ll need to select a tenant you believe will pay the rent on time and in full every month, based on the data you are able to gather. When you have numerous property viewings, this process can quickly become expensive.
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To help make things easier we’ve reviewed 12 of the most commonly used websites to list your property for free.
PadMapper allows tenants to search a map using the zoom function to look for rentals in specific areas. Additionally, there are filters that allow tenants to hide any rentals that don’t have the facilities or amenities that they are looking for.
It’s free to add listings to PadMapper and your rental will also appear on the parent site Zumper and be syndicated to Facebook Marketplace.
Realtor.com is generally thought of as a site for buying and selling homes rather than renting. However, you can in fact use it to advertise and manage rental listings for free.
Zillow changed its pricing structure fairly recently. However, you can still create a free 30-day listing for your first property. After the free period, you will be charged $9.99 per week.
Zillow also owns a number of the other top rental listing sites, including Trulia and HotPads. This means any listing you add to Zillow will be syndicated across multiple sites under the umbrella of the Zillow Group, maximizing your reach.
Apartments.com gets up to 35 million prospective renters every month — and the platform currently advertises around 1.1 million listings at any given time.
Plus, since the Apartments.com parent company also owns multiple other sites, such as ForRent.com, Apartment Finder, Home Living, and Apartamentos.com, they are able to amplify the reach of each of their listings.
It is free to list a unit at a base level, but there is also the option to upgrade to a premium listing that will feature your unit in a large ad and place it in a top search result for 30 days.
The primary purpose of Walks Score is to rank homes and apartment buildings based on their proximity to attractions and necessities like grocery stores and the business district. It is targeted at people who either don’t have a car or don’t want to use a car on a daily basis for basic needs, such as grocery shopping or commuting.
Properties receive a Walk Score according to their proximity to highly-desirable places. This makes it easier for tenants to find properties that have short commutes and are close to amenities such as dining and entertainment.
Landlords cannot list properties on Walk Score directly unless they own more than 15 buildings. However, you can create free rental listings on other platforms and have them pushed to Walk Score.
Zumper uses a two-way system to match renters with their ideal property. Renters search by their top criteria and listing owners stipulate their minimum applicant criteria, such as minimum credit score.
It’s free to post on Zumper and your listing will appear on multiple other sites that the company owns, including PadMapper.
Craigslist has been around for decades and is one of the best-known options for finding a rental.
However, it is also one of the least regulated platforms. The listings on Craigslist are free and easy to create, although you can sponsor a post to help increase its reach. Unfortunately, listings on Craigslist are also subject to a high number of scammers and time-wasters.
If you do decide to list your vacancy on Craigslist, it’s a good idea to outline the basics of the application process. This will allow prospective renters to have confidence that your ad is legitimate.
With RentDigs, you can create a free listing for your property with multiple images and a detailed description. The site also allows prospective renters to find rent-to-own homes and moving company quotes. Units listed on RentDigs automatically appear on Oodle.com, Trovit.com, Claz.org, Mitula.com, and RentJungle.com.
Facebook Marketplace is completely free. It allows you to upload a detailed description as well as multiple images. Considering that almost everybody has a Facebook account, this is one of the most convenient places for renters to search for potential homes. Plus, the Facebook Messenger application makes responding to inquiries simple. However, Facebook Marketplace is also less regulated than some of the more tailored platforms such as Zillow, Zumper, or Apartments.com. As such, landlords should be wary of low-quality applicants and potential scams.
Despite the name, you can list almost any type of rental on Sublet.com, including short-term, long-term, vacation, furnished, unfurnished, and private room rentals. Landlords can post a standard listing for free although, a premium listing can increase the likelihood of filling a vacancy.
Rentberry has millions of monthly users on its site, and they syndicate its listings to partner websites such as Doorsteps, Oodle.com, Realtor.com, and Zumper. Landlords can create a basic listing for free on RentBerry by entering the basic property information, monthly price, and security deposit details. There are options to upgrade to a premium listing to increase your property’s visibility.
Oodle is a classified ad marketplace similar to Craigslist where you can create rental property listings. According to the site, millions of people use Oodle.com each month to find apartments, condos, and houses to rent.
Online tools are the best way to get your vacant property in front of as many potential renters as possible, as quickly as possible.
According to Zillow, as many as 90 percent of millennial renters use an online resource to find their next apartment. Using the free websites above will allow you to maximize exposure for your vacancy. This should quickly gain you a number of leads from qualified tenants who are serious about looking for a place to rent.
Once you have found a prospective tenant you can enter their details into software like Landlord Studio where you can run a tenant screening report, track your properties income and expenses, and start collecting rent online.