Hello. I have a property in the area for rent, and was wondering what the best way to advertise it was? Back in the day, I used to use Loot, but this seems to be less popular than it once was, probably due to that there interweb. Agencies charge an extortionate 10% finder's fee (which amounts to roughly a grand for a couple of hours' work. nice work if you can get it.) How are people advertising locally (SE1/London)? Or are there any recommended local agencies?
Apologies if this comes across as an implicit advert. I am not describing the property in order to avoid such accusations!
Gumtree is a popular choice for seeking and advertising rental properties (I suppose it's like a modern take on Loot) but like many routes these days I hear your ad will attract agencies trying to get you to place it with them. Likewise some of the properties advertised for rent can be spam posted by estate agents.
As ads in Loot are free there's nothing to lose in advertising there but some time.
In order to rent out rooms, I used SpareRoom.co.uk and Easyroommate.com, but they probably aren't suitable for flats as a whole. I also used Loot, but got absolutely nothing from it. You have to pay for the advert, and prospective tenants have to pay to see the advert in the first three days online, so no one bothers to look at it nowadays.