Being a landlord is hard work, but nowadays there are a range of apps that simplify and streamline the job. Here’s our pick of the best.

Apps for buying and selling property

Rightmove, Zoopla and PrimeLocation continue to be indispensable for landlords looking for suitable properties for their expanding portfolios. With highly-customisable search parameters, these apps offer the easiest way to discover properties that interest you. They’re also vital for keeping in touch with the shifting market, making connections with letting agents, and learning when to buy and sell.

Apps that organise your landlord business

The Landlord Property Buddy app puts every last nugget of information about your properties in your pocket. At any moment you can compare rental payments with expenses or calculate your rental yield. You can compile and forward reports, record expenses, store documents, invoice tenants, send messages, and set reminders for each and every task – and the app backs it all up to the Cloud.

Landlords managing numerous properties might want to consider Landlord Property Buddy’s newer big brother – Landlord Studio, which will only set you back £6.00 per year.

Cloud document sync and storage

Even if you don’t want to commit to a full landlord management app, you still need access to your documents wherever you are, so you need a Cloud storage and synchronisation app such as Google Drive.

Document scanning and signing apps

Where paper documents are still required, the Genius Productivity bundle includes a scanning app for quick and accurate digitisation, and a separate app for annotating, signing and sharing documents.

Communication

WhatsApp is currently so popular among tenants that many landlords find it the best way of communicating with their tenants. It’s free, and easy to use.

Apps to help with maintenance

Finding reliable tradespeople to carry out repairs and maintenance can be a real headache, but a range of apps will find an available tradesperson in the locality, TrustATrader being just one.

A slightly different approach is taken by the government sponsored TrustMark app. This app will record your conversation with a tradesperson and prompt you to ask relevant questions. It will also store supporting images and documents. Once agreement is reached, the app will email both you and the tradesperson a record of your agreement – a useful piece of evidence as the job progresses.

Apps for design and decoration

Houzz is the app if you’re a landlord who is brilliant at business but lack the aesthetic sense to make the best of your property. A great source of design ideas, this app allows you to pull together mood boards and test how different styles would work in your own property.

For an even more accurate view of how things would look, Dulux have come up with Dulux Visualizer which enables you to test how some of their 1,200 paint colours would look on the walls before buying as much as a tester pot.

And what apps are your tenants using?

To keep in touch with how your tenants are thinking, check out our blog on property apps for tenants. Discover how they assess a location and decide whether to rent a particular place, how they find flatmates, and manage inventories. You may even find yourself using their recycling app…

Any other questions – just get in touch. We’re here to help landlords, and can offer a more personal service than any app.