This post is just a short little pet peeve of mine. Part of being a landlord is learning to write ads that do a portion of your work for you. If you don’t put little qualifiers in place such as “non-smoking” or “no pets”, you will get calls from people who want to smoke inside and people who have pets.
By utilizing these qualifiers you are normally insured that a) you have someone who fits the parameters you are looking for or b) you have found someone who doesn’t read your ads. It is simply amazing at how many people just don’t read the ads. I have probably had a dozen calls or emails in the last month for a property I was filling and my shared accommodations that have people asking questions I specifically answer in the ads.
After a while it gets frustrating, I mean really, if you cannot read my ad, can I really expect you to follow the lease? Anyway it doesn’t stop me, and it shouldn’t stop you, from making sure your rental ads are as descriptive as possible and that they also help you prescreen the individuals who contact you.
I’ve even put this little video together for you explaining my thoughts and as a bonus taking you on a quick tour of some of our shared accommodation properties. Would love to get your feedback, so please leave me some comments and let me know what you think. Would you like more videos like this?