Introducing itself as ‘DIY Letting’, Rentr is the new admin app created for Landlords and Renters in the UK. Rental or house-hunting apps have been around for the last few years due to the high demand from mobile millennials, and the majority of these have essentially been mobile versions of RightMove, allowing users to browse available properties in their desired areas and find user-generated information about nearby services. That’s all well and good, but what about the missing dialogue between house hunters and current tenants and landlords?

That’s where Rentr comes in. Designed to ease communication and provide transparency between both parties, you can join the app as either and connect with the other as needed. Renters can search for a property on Gumtree and connect directly with the landlord through Rentr; allowing the chance to arrange a viewing, add flatmates and guarantor details, and organise a tenancy start date and discuss the rent per month. There’s space to enter references if the landlord requires them, and there’s no worry about losing your tenancy agreement – it’s all saved on your account. Once the contract is signed, the deposit can be paid there and then and there are monthly reminders when rent is due, and a log of all payments made.

The landlords’ version of these features is essentially the opposite: the ability to take photos and create a profile of the property to market on Gumtree or the Rentr homepage with all the necessary information, and organise viewings with potential tenants. The contract feature is one of the highlights of the app: it contains a template Assured Short Term Tenancy contract drafted by residential solicitors for Rentr, and allows users to add or edit clauses to contain info on pets, late payment fees according to what has been agreed with the tenant. Deposits are saved according to UK law in the ‘mydeposit’ protection scheme for ease at the end of the contract, with the legally binding certificate recorded on the Rentr account. There’s also a ‘profit or loss’ feature, enabling landlords to keep track of all payments made on their properties (as well as maintenance expenses) to keep on top of finances.

In terms of security features, Rentr do seem to have crossed their ‘T’s and dotted all the ‘I’s. The mobile contract may sound dubious, but they’ve teamed up with DocuSign to allow users to electronically sign the contracts via the touch screen, ensuring a legally binding agreement. The feature meets all the legal requirements of electronic signatories in the UK, and utilises industry rated bank-grade encryption techniques in order to keep the details safe and secure.

Rentr is available free from the App Store and Google Play.