Renting from Private Landlords

How to rent from private landlords

The Process

Call up or send a message to the landlord using your Portico log in. Our team will check your enquiry and tell you which times work best to arrange a viewing

Check out the property on your viewing, and if you like it make the landlord an offer via your Portico dashboard

Once you’ve agreed the offer with the landlord, pay the holding deposit of 1 week’s rent. This is refundable if the landlord pulls out. The next step is to provide some information so the landlord can check you can afford the property

Once the referencing and credit check are done, we’ll prepare a tenancy agreement for you to sign digitally. If you have a guarantor, they need to sign it too

The next step is to transfer the property deposit and first month’s rent. We’ll refund your holding deposit at this point too. We recommend this is done via our online dashboard

The landlord will meet you on move-in day and give you the keys. It is also a good idea to get a check in report done to record the state of the property on the day you arrived

How to find private landlords

It can sometimes be hard to find property advertised directly by private landlords, because advertising on rightmove and zoopla is usually only possible by going through a traditional estate agent. At Portico Direct, we connect tenants with private landlords, by helping landlords get access to the major portals by offering a cost effective online letting service.

Tenants can use our platform to find houses and flats to rent directly from private landlords, without having to go through a traditional high street agent. The entire process of finding and securing a property to rent is done online, making it easier for tenants and providing more transparency.

There are no associated admin fees for a tenant using Portico Direct, and you can get started looking for private landlords to rent from right away.

How to find privately rented properties

To find suitable houses to rent, use Portico Direct. We list all our properties to rent, whether they’re from private landlords or through our full property management service. You will be able to distinguish between the two as the properties to rent from private landlords will say ‘Portico Direct’.

How is the process different when using an online lettings agent?

To find suitable houses to rent, use Portico Direct. We list all our properties to rent, whether they’re from private landlords or through our full property management service. You will be able to distinguish between the two as the properties to rent from private landlords will say ‘Portico Direct’.