A lettings service which offers landlords free listings on Rightmove and Zoopla has launched a new service which includes guaranteed rent and repairs.
Howsy – which used to be called NoAgent – is calling its new product Howsy Protect.
It says it is designed for landlords for whom the “day to day heavy lifting was just the start of their problems”.
As well as guaranteed rent it covers most repairs, with a handyman service undertaking the work. Specialist, qualified technicians are used where necessary, for example for appliances, boilers and pests.
In addition, a Rightmove premium listing comes as standard, and users have a dedicated account manager.
The new product costs £90 per month, or £115 in London.
Calum Brannun, CEO and founder of Howsy, said: “While the Howsy platform makes day to day life easier, we realised there were still a few areas that weighed heavily on the mind of landlords.
“What if my renters don’t pay the rent?
“What if they damage the house? How will I find another renter quickly? Who can I talk to about it?
“With Howsy Protect, they don’t have this stress. We’ll make sure their rent is paid on time, we’ll help fix any damage and foot the bill, and we’ll help find a renter quickly with a Rightmove premium listing.”
Howsy rebranded from NoAgent last July and claims to have over 55,000 users across the UK.
Its charges range from free – essentially tenant-find via listings on Rightmove and Zoopla – to £35 a month (£65 in London) for a fully managed service.
A spokesperson for Howsy said of the free Rightmove and Zoopla package: “There’s obviously a cost incurred by Howsy but this isn’t passed on to the landlord.”