The low cost solution for private landlords who don't want to use a high street letting agent


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We know some landlords are on a budget. So we've found a way to get your tenancy advertised and set up from as little as £1. Really.

We'll advertise your property on Rightmove and Zoopla, and then send you the applicants' details directly.

Once you've uploaded your property, we'll check through the details and get it published on the portals (normally within a few hours). If you're not sure how much rent to charge, use our rent calculator to get a rental valuation for your property. As applicants start to enquire, you can arrange to meet the ones that look suitable. We'll help you document the offer and then collect a holding deposit and do a credit check.

Once you're happy with the tenants, we'll help you sign the tenancy agreement digitally. Or you can use your own if you prefer a pen and paper.

We'll also help you register the deposit with a suitable government scheme and collect the rent if you would like. But you can do this yourself too.

And if you are worried about the risk of your tenant missing a rental payment, we can offer you cost effective rent guarantee insurance.

After you have advertised your property, there's absolutely no obligation to take any of our other services, unless of course you would like to.

And for tenants, renting from a private landlord can have some advantages too.

Portico Facts

  • 100,000+ happy customers
    Over the past decade, Portico has helped over 100,000 landlords and tenants rent properties throughout London. For landlords who live within 1 mile of our 15 central London offices, we offer a full lettings and property management service. But for landlords who don't mind doing their own viewings, we lend our expertise and some very clever technology to allow property owners around the UK, to access the major portals and benefit from a few of Portico's trade secrets.
  • 200+ years in lettings
    Portico can trace its origins back to 1818, when it was founded as Edmund Cude, as a lettings agent in North West London. It was bought by our current MD, Robert Nichols, in 2003 and has grown to more than 200 employees and 15 offices across London. The business has grown steadily every year since 2003 and has won countless awards including "London Letting Agent of the Year" and "Large Letting Agent of the Year".
  • 1.3 million lines of code
    Portico has been writing its own software for 15 years. This has underpinned our high street operations, allowing us to continually adapt and improve our processes. Portico Direct was launched in summer 2020 as a national proposition for landlords who want to rent their property privately without using a traditional estate agent. It was built from the ground up over a six month period by our own in-house development team in no fewer than 1.3 million lines of code.
  • £1
    £1 is all it costs to list on Portico Direct. And for landlords wanting to maximise interest in their rental property, we offer access to the three major property portals for just £29. Our clever listing software helps landlords write their property description and go live on the major property portals within minutes. It also helps protects tenants by holding rent and the property deposit until just after the tenancy has begun.
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