I am currently part of a team that has created an online marketplace called OneRent for landlords who own property near a college campus and rent historically to college students.
What we've done is build a site that allows landlords and property managers to quickly rent out a house or apartment more efficiently. We've simplified the leasing process by using online signatures for leases/documents and secure online payments for rent and deposits. We find our platform to be unique because we actually have prospective tenants actively signing up and filling out applications in preparation to find and apply to your properties. In other words, it's not just another listing site.
So if you own a rental, you can list your property as one of the two different types of models that OneRent offers: The first model is a fixed price listing model which we are offering completely free. With this method, you can simply list your property, accept and review tenant applications, and finally choose the best tenant possible to close the deal safely online all for free.
The second model is a sealed-bid offer model. The way this works is that prospective tenant groups apply to your property but also include a sealed offer for what they are willing to pay for rent based off your listed asking price. You have the ability to accept offers only above your asking price or below if you choose so.
With either model, we guarantee that the tenant groups that are applying to your property are serious leads because we require them to connect a payment method before being able to apply. We also provide you with a nicely laid out application for each tenant that applies so that you have all the necessary info to make a quality decision on your tenants.
My question is, do you think this sort of system is valuable to your leasing process and does it sound like it would simplify the annoying problems that go along with renting to college students. If not, where can we provide value? What are the problems that plague student rentals?
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide your feedback! Right now we are launching at Santa Clara University in Northern California but we are looking for other campuses to expand to. Let us know!