Today I wanted to draw you attention towards an app that I have been meaning to review for some time. The app is called Mobile Landlord and has been created by the Direct Line Insurance Group.
You can grab the app on both iTunes and Google Play, and it’s completely free to download on both operating systems (for the purpose of this review I am using Google Play).
If you are a Landlord then this tool is a must-have, it doesn’t matter whether you’re new to the property scene or whether you are a veteran, the Mobile Landlord app will help organise and better manage your properties for you so you can spend time on other things.
Once you open this app for the first time you will be presented with a Quick Tour screen which gives you four tabs to swipe through. These tabs give you some quick key points on what the app can do for you before you register (you can just skip if you want to jump straight in).
After you have registered an account you will have access to 3 key areas of the app, which I am going to go into more detail about below:
The first tab you will come to is the property tab, which is the main area of this app, and where you can add up to 5 properties to manage. You will be asked to add a property, and then you will be directed to a Property Overview screen. This part of the process is clear and concise with what you need to do.
Firstly you can add a photo of the property that you wish to manage, along with the address, property checklist, the names of your tenants and the period of their tenancy. If you tab across to the Finance section you can also record details of the mortgage, the rental income, and the property purchase price, which will calculate a Yield for you.
If you are a Landlord looking for something that is easy to use, accessible at any time during the day whether you are in the office, or out and about then they don’t come much better than the Mobile Landlord app.
The second tab in the main menu is the Reminders tab.
If you are anything like me, I’m always forgetting things so having an alert system setup to notify you of any important due dates, payments or anything else that you may find helpful is a blessing.
The final tab of this free and helpful app is the Knowledge Centre which is a great place to visit if you need answers to some questions. If you are like me, you will have a few questions that you are looking for answers to, only to find out some more interesting information that can help you with your properties.
In this area you will be greeted with 6 categories of articles:
- Staying in Control
- Maximising Income
- Minimising Costs
- Rental Trends
The articles you will find in here are aimed to help you get the very best out of your property (or properties). Overall you will find enough information here to take your property management to the next level and beyond. The app isn’t just about helping you manage your property better, but it’s also a way of helping you learn more about the market and best practices.
There isn’t much in the way of negative points to this app if I’m honest. The app is free; it helps manage your properties, and points you in the right direction to getting more out of your time in the industry.
The only possible negative point is that the app seemed to sign me out on a few occasions when my screen turned off. Whether this is a bug, or just a high-level of security they have introduced to the app I’m not fully sure, but if you have a password locked phone, and a short screen timeout – it could get annoying. Other than that one remark, I would highly recommend this app and urge all Landlords to at least give it a try – after all it’s free, what do you have to lose?