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Written by George Bailey

The online only sector has a new competitor after the launch of a new rental property auction website.

Dedicated to landlords and tenants, those behind AuctionLets say it provides landlords with a unique alternative to the way property has traditionally been let, offering the same level of service but with greater control for less cost.

The property finding site enables landlords to upload their vacant properties while potential pre-qualified, referenced tenants can bid on property.

AuctionLets said it already had a positive response from industry peers as well as landlords pre-registering for the site.

It also said that all properties on the site would be marketed by Rightmove.

Tenants can set a price range which means they can only bid within their budget.

They also benefit from access to what is described as the UK's first portable online referencing, which is valid for 90 days, and can bid on multiple properties until they are successful.

To avoid signing up for more than one property, prospective tenants are only able to be the current highest bidder on one property, once they are outbid they can move onto another property.

AuctionLets said landlords had reassurance that the tenants bidding on their properties were quality pre-referenced tenants while having the opportunity to maximise their rental income or let their property quickly.

Landlords decide the starting bid level as well as control the end time of the auction and move-in date.


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    How to price key workers out of the market.

    This will be challenged - especially in London where there is already a severe shortage of affordable housing.

    • 21 January 2014 11:08 AM
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    Good heavens.

    I think its time to run for 'Shelter'

    • 21 January 2014 09:49 AM
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    O M G - This is unbelievable. Driving up prices - favouring the rich - anti Benefits - adding to shortage of housing for key workers - destroying spelling as we know it.

    I suspect a backlash - imagine this in Newham!

    • 21 January 2014 09:47 AM
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    Did Ros take the spelling checker with her when she left???

    • 21 January 2014 09:42 AM
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    Can't wait to see how Shelter get their teeth into this one....tenants bidding against each other!!

    • 21 January 2014 09:23 AM
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