Aberdeen student lets: top tips for landlords

The Granite City, Europe’s Energy Capital, with award-winning street art and a bustling centre enveloped by the North Sea and its gorgeous coastline and the great outdoors of the countryside, Aberdeen has something for everyone. It’s no wonder the city was voted the best place to live in Great Britain in 2023!

With two internationally distinguished universities, University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University, and colleges, Aberdeen offers a consistent stream of tenants. Navigating this market has its own unique considerations, and with 15 years’ experience in property management, Northwood are here to share our top tips for renting your property in time for the 2024/25 academic year.

Location, location, location

Aberdeen students crave convenience. Proximity to the universities (Robert Gordon University and University of Aberdeen) and public transport links are key selling points. Think bustling city centre locations or well-connected areas like Old Aberdeen, Garthdee and Rosemount. Find out more here.

Studies and socials

Of course, students prioritise functionality and affordability. While a sprawling mansion isn’t necessary, a well-maintained property that offers enough space for individual study areas and a communal living space is a definite. We supply all of our landlords with a list of essentials to keep you on the right track.

HMO | Geared for group living

Whilst there is a sure market for one bed student accommodation, student lets often involve multiple tenants. Renting a property with three or more bedrooms, suitable for three or more (unrelated) students, will require a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licence. This is secured by Aberdeen City Council and again, we can point you in the right direction.

Safety first

Student properties, as with all rental properties, require robust safety measures. Fire alarms, PAT tested electrical appliances, gas certificates and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to name a few are a must. We offer a Compliance MOT service, taking the stress out of ensuring your property meets all legal requirements.

Standing out from the crowd

Aberdeen’s student market is competitive. Make sure your rental stands out of with high-quality photos and clear descriptions, highlighting its student-friendly features. With a proven track record and an extensive student network, we will showcase your property on the major, national property portals such as Zoopla and Rightmove, and we manage the entire letting process from viewings to tenancy agreements.

Guaranteed Rent = peace of mind

Worried about potential tenant voids or rent arrears? Our unique Guaranteed Rent promise allows you to let your property in full confidence. We effectively become your tenant, guaranteeing a fixed monthly income – paid on time and in full each month – even if the property is vacant. We’ll even deal with any tenant issues that arise, allowing you to relax knowing your investment is protected.

We know that letting to students in Aberdeen can be a rewarding experience. Renting your property through Northwood North East offers peace of mind and certainty throughout. Our team of Aberdeen property experts are here to guide you through the entire process and help find the ideal student tenants for your property.

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