Author: HOP Cat

The soaring student population in Leeds is sending the local property rental market into a frenzy, with huge demand for quality rental properties across Leeds.

The pandemic meant a lot of students were hesitant about starting university in 2020 or stayed at home and studied remotely. However, as ‘normality’ returned, universities found themselves oversubscribed for the 2022 academic year.

The University of Leeds even offered some students wanting to study law or business, £10,000 cash and free accommodation for the 2022/23 academic year, if they deferred their courses. It’s estimated that the student population in Leeds has now swelled to more than 70,000.

This has, clearly, had a direct impact on the student rental market.

On 1st November, we began marketing our portfolio for next summer and launched more than 300 properties that are available to rent from next July.

Already, we’ve already seen significant uplift in the number of properties let this year compared to last year and the appetite doesn’t appear to be slowing, with many students wanting to beat the competition and snap up their chosen property this side of Christmas.

– Josh Buckley, Lettings Manager

Key Student Areas

Many students seem to have bigger budgets and it’s generally the most expensive homes, with the highest specifications in the best locations, that are generating most interest.

Hyde Park is the most desirable location, due to its proximity to the main university campuses and the city centre, and this is closely followed by Woodhouse. Burley is always a favourite, thanks to it’s train station. So far this year, we’ve had a higher early uptake of properties in the traditional student heartland of Headingley too, which normally let later in the season.

Thanks to our clever Virtual Tour technology, tenants get the opportunity to view a property instantly and we’re seeing more and more students choosing to secure their tenancies before a physical viewing.

Fixing Energy Costs with Bills Inclusive Tenancies

Our all-inclusive properties, which include electricity, gas, water, TV licence, broadband and contents insurance, all in one monthly rental payment, are proving to be particularly desirable this year as gas prices skyrocket. Taking a property with bills included means we’re able to fix costs for 18 months, which gives students and their parents peace of mind that they won’t end up with unexpected charges. This year, we’ve already seen 33% more students opt for our Premium Bills Package that includes extras such as Sky TV, Contents Insurance and unlimited energy.

An Investment Hot Spot

All this makes it a good time for landlords, and we’ve seen an influx of investors, particularly from the south of England recently, who are buying student properties in Leeds. Several have then taken advantage of our Premium Advance Service, where landlords can receive their 12-months’ rent up front, even if their tenants pay monthly.

This enables them to unlock the potential in their portfolio and reinvest in further buy to let property or refurbishment works to maximise existing investments. We recently became the first estate agent in Leeds to offer this service and it’s proving particularly successful with student landlords, who are delighted to see a level of certainty returning to the market after Covid, the evictions ban and many students deferring university.

For landlords that get it right, student property can offer high returns, but for those that get it wrong, it can be painful. If in doubt, investors should speak to an experienced agent like HOP for advice, and there are some golden rules that student landlords must follow.

HOP’s Golden Rules for Landlords investing in Leeds

  • Check the Paperwork. Before buying a four or five bedroom property it’s vital to check it has the correct C4 paperwork or a HMO licence and it’s also worth double-checking it meets minimum space standards. Even if the HMO licence is in place, the living areas and bedrooms can still fall short of the required minimum standards, meaning you won’t be able to renew the licence.
  • Size Matters. Students don’t like small, cramped bedrooms and especially cold, damp basement conversions. It’s rarely a good idea to sacrifice living space for additional bedrooms. You also need to consider how many bathrooms the property has in relation to bedrooms.
  • Spec Up. Super-fast internet and secure locks on external doors are a must. You should also provide high quality furniture and decorate to a high standard, with extra touches such as mirrors in bedrooms and shelving, because these little details can really lift the appeal. Usually, a dated property will be hard to let, regardless of how cheap it is. Whenever possible, offer a tumble dryer to prevent damp from clothes drying on radiators. It also helps to find ways to generate adequate air flow rather than expecting people to open windows to ventilate the property.
  • Location. This one’s pretty obvious, but properties within easy walking distance, or with good transport links to the major universities will always be popular. There are several key ‘student areas’ in Leeds such as Woodhouse, Burley, Kirkstall and Hyde Park that will always attract the most attention,
  • Prepare for Maintenance. Student landlords need to factor in approximately 10% of rental income for maintenance and allow for costs at changeover time, even if this is just for cleaning at the end of 365-day tenancies. Improvement works, including new carpets and decorating, are generally required at least every five years in student properties.
  • Partner with a professional agent. When it comes to letting the property, conduct a full photographic inventory and instruct a reputable managing agent that is part of a redress scheme and holds client money protection insurance.
If you have a Leeds rental property in a key student area, we’d love to hear from you.
Contact us on 0113 320 2100 to arrange a free market appraisal of your property and discuss your options.

The soaring student population in Leeds is sending the local property rental market into a frenzy, with huge demand for quality rental properties across Leeds.

The pandemic meant a lot of students were hesitant about starting university in 2020 or stayed at home and studied remotely. However, as ‘normality’ returned, universities found themselves oversubscribed for the 2022 academic year.

The University of Leeds even offered some students wanting to study law or business, £10,000 cash and free accommodation for the 2022/23 academic year, if they deferred their courses. It’s estimated that the student population in Leeds has now swelled to more than 70,000.

This has, clearly, had a direct impact on the student rental market.

On 1st November, we began marketing our portfolio for next summer and launched more than 300 properties that are available to rent from next July.

Already, we’ve already seen significant uplift in the number of properties let this year compared to last year and the appetite doesn’t appear to be slowing, with many students wanting to beat the competition and snap up their chosen property this side of Christmas.

– Josh Buckley, Lettings Manager

Key Student Areas

Many students seem to have bigger budgets and it’s generally the most expensive homes, with the highest specifications in the best locations, that are generating most interest.

Hyde Park is the most desirable location, due to its proximity to the main university campuses and the city centre, and this is closely followed by Woodhouse. Burley is always a favourite, thanks to it’s train station. So far this year, we’ve had a higher early uptake of properties in the traditional student heartland of Headingley too, which normally let later in the season.

Thanks to our clever Virtual Tour technology, tenants get the opportunity to view a property instantly and we’re seeing more and more students choosing to secure their tenancies before a physical viewing.

Fixing Energy Costs with Bills Inclusive Tenancies

Our all-inclusive properties, which include electricity, gas, water, TV licence, broadband and contents insurance, all in one monthly rental payment, are proving to be particularly desirable this year as gas prices skyrocket. Taking a property with bills included means we’re able to fix costs for 18 months, which gives students and their parents peace of mind that they won’t end up with unexpected charges. This year, we’ve already seen 33% more students opt for our Premium Bills Package that includes extras such as Sky TV, Contents Insurance and unlimited energy.

An Investment Hot Spot

All this makes it a good time for landlords, and we’ve seen an influx of investors, particularly from the south of England recently, who are buying student properties in Leeds. Several have then taken advantage of our Premium Advance Service, where landlords can receive their 12-months’ rent up front, even if their tenants pay monthly.

This enables them to unlock the potential in their portfolio and reinvest in further buy to let property or refurbishment works to maximise existing investments. We recently became the first estate agent in Leeds to offer this service and it’s proving particularly successful with student landlords, who are delighted to see a level of certainty returning to the market after Covid, the evictions ban and many students deferring university.

For landlords that get it right, student property can offer high returns, but for those that get it wrong, it can be painful. If in doubt, investors should speak to an experienced agent like HOP for advice, and there are some golden rules that student landlords must follow.

HOP’s Golden Rules for Landlords investing in Leeds

  • Check the Paperwork. Before buying a four or five bedroom property it’s vital to check it has the correct C4 paperwork or a HMO licence and it’s also worth double-checking it meets minimum space standards. Even if the HMO licence is in place, the living areas and bedrooms can still fall short of the required minimum standards, meaning you won’t be able to renew the licence.
  • Size Matters. Students don’t like small, cramped bedrooms and especially cold, damp basement conversions. It’s rarely a good idea to sacrifice living space for additional bedrooms. You also need to consider how many bathrooms the property has in relation to bedrooms.
  • Spec Up. Super-fast internet and secure locks on external doors are a must. You should also provide high quality furniture and decorate to a high standard, with extra touches such as mirrors in bedrooms and shelving, because these little details can really lift the appeal. Usually, a dated property will be hard to let, regardless of how cheap it is. Whenever possible, offer a tumble dryer to prevent damp from clothes drying on radiators. It also helps to find ways to generate adequate air flow rather than expecting people to open windows to ventilate the property.
  • Location. This one’s pretty obvious, but properties within easy walking distance, or with good transport links to the major universities will always be popular. There are several key ‘student areas’ in Leeds such as Woodhouse, Burley, Kirkstall and Hyde Park that will always attract the most attention,
  • Prepare for Maintenance. Student landlords need to factor in approximately 10% of rental income for maintenance and allow for costs at changeover time, even if this is just for cleaning at the end of 365-day tenancies. Improvement works, including new carpets and decorating, are generally required at least every five years in student properties.
  • Partner with a professional agent. When it comes to letting the property, conduct a full photographic inventory and instruct a reputable managing agent that is part of a redress scheme and holds client money protection insurance.
If you have a Leeds rental property in a key student area, we’d love to hear from you.
Contact us on 0113 320 2100 to arrange a free market appraisal of your property and discuss your options.

Author: HOP Cat

Get £200 to spend in our exclusive Black Friday Offer!

Black Friday has slowly become a big annual event in British culture and beyond. An ideal time to snap up a good deal, 2020 saw a record-breaking year with eCommerce excelling due to Covid lockdowns.

This year, we are launching a special Black Friday offer exclusively for Landlords when they book in a free market appraisal with our lettings experts.

As the nights draw in and our attention starts to turn towards Christmas, it’s easy to think about relaxing, and November is typically a quieter month in the professional market.

However, we are still seeing a significant demand from professional tenants for high quality properties across Leeds, particularly in Horsforth, Pudsey and the city centre. In fact, most rental properties only on the market with us for a matter of days!

Book your Lettings Valuation with HOP in Black Friday week (between Monday 22nd November – 1st December) and HOP will treat you to a £200 John Lewis voucher when we let your property (T&C’s apply).

As well as assessing the rental value of the property, our friendly letting experts are full of ideas to help you make the most of your investment.

If you want to get your property let in December and have a voucher to spend on this year’s Christmas presents, or if are looking to let it out in the New Year and want to make the most of our Black Friday deal, contact us today to get your no-obligation appraisal booked in.

This is a great opportunity for any Landlords who have a tenant vacating soon. Enjoy a £200 voucher on us when we let your property, simply by booking a valuation in during Black Friday week.
Remember to quote ‘Black Friday’ to activate your offer!

 

Terms and Conditions

  • Valuation must be booked with HOP prior to 1st December 2021
  • Valuation can be re-arranged only once.
  • HOP must be instructed prior to 1st March 2022.
  • Voucher can only be claimed when your new HOP tenant moves in.
  • This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  • Must reference ‘Black Friday’ at time of booking.

Get £200 to spend in our exclusive Black Friday Offer!

Black Friday has slowly become a big annual event in British culture and beyond. An ideal time to snap up a good deal, 2020 saw a record-breaking year with eCommerce excelling due to Covid lockdowns.

This year, we are launching a special Black Friday offer exclusively for Landlords when they book in a free market appraisal with our lettings experts.

As the nights draw in and our attention starts to turn towards Christmas, it’s easy to think about relaxing, and November is typically a quieter month in the professional market.

However, we are still seeing a significant demand from professional tenants for high quality properties across Leeds, particularly in Horsforth, Pudsey and the city centre. In fact, most rental properties only on the market with us for a matter of days!

Book your Lettings Valuation with HOP in Black Friday week (between Monday 22nd November – 1st December) and HOP will treat you to a £200 John Lewis voucher when we let your property (T&C’s apply).

As well as assessing the rental value of the property, our friendly letting experts are full of ideas to help you make the most of your investment.

If you want to get your property let in December and have a voucher to spend on this year’s Christmas presents, or if are looking to let it out in the New Year and want to make the most of our Black Friday deal, contact us today to get your no-obligation appraisal booked in.

This is a great opportunity for any Landlords who have a tenant vacating soon. Enjoy a £200 voucher on us when we let your property, simply by booking a valuation in during Black Friday week.
Remember to quote ‘Black Friday’ to activate your offer!

 

Terms and Conditions

  • Valuation must be booked with HOP prior to 1st December 2021
  • Valuation can be re-arranged only once.
  • HOP must be instructed prior to 1st March 2022.
  • Voucher can only be claimed when your new HOP tenant moves in.
  • This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  • Must reference ‘Black Friday’ at time of booking.

Author: HOP Cat

HOP Landlords can now enjoy extra peace of mind with our new Rent Guarantee, available on our managed tenancies.

We are excited to announce that we now offer rent protection and legal expenses cover as part of our Premium Managed Service, or you can add it as an upgrade to our Standard Managed service too.

The Rent Guarantee offers an extra level of protection when it comes to renting out your property. Should your tenants be unable to pay their rent, you still rely on the income you are expecting – for up to 15 months.

In addition to the making sure you are not out of pocket when it comes to unpaid rent, the Rent Guarantee also offers up to £100,000 legal expenses cover, including appeals and legal representation.

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that it pays to be prepared. Even when you take all the precautions you can as a Landlord, there will always be times when things don’t quite run to plan.

By providing a comprehensive Rent Guarantee for our Landlords, we hope to eliminate some of the uncertainty and stress to make the process of letting their property as simple and hassle-free as possible.

– Cris Fowler, General Manager

There are other benefits too like property damage cover, click here to read more about our Rent Guarantee all it entails.

HOP Landlords can now enjoy extra peace of mind with our new Rent Guarantee, available on our managed tenancies.

We are excited to announce that we now offer rent protection and legal expenses cover as part of our Premium Managed Service, or you can add it as an upgrade to our Standard Managed service too.

The Rent Guarantee offers an extra level of protection when it comes to renting out your property. Should your tenants be unable to pay their rent, you still rely on the income you are expecting – for up to 15 months.

In addition to the making sure you are not out of pocket when it comes to unpaid rent, the Rent Guarantee also offers up to £100,000 legal expenses cover, including appeals and legal representation.

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that it pays to be prepared. Even when you take all the precautions you can as a Landlord, there will always be times when things don’t quite run to plan.

By providing a comprehensive Rent Guarantee for our Landlords, we hope to eliminate some of the uncertainty and stress to make the process of letting their property as simple and hassle-free as possible.

– Cris Fowler, General Manager

There are other benefits too like property damage cover, click here to read more about our Rent Guarantee all it entails.

Author: HOP Cat

What better way to celebrate the launch of our 22/23 properties, than with a big £500 cash giveaway!
This year we are running two competitions with our student’s on Social Media. All you need to do to enter is – head to our Leeds office, take a picture at our Photo Booth and post it on your social media. Ensure you tag @HOP_Lettings or @HopProperty and hashtag #FeelingHOPHOPHOP to be in the running. The picture with the most likes will win £250 CASH!!

We have two competitions running so there are TWO CHANCES TO WIN.

Competition 1 will run from 8th November to 17th December. On the closing date pictures posted during this period and meeting the requirements will have their likes counted. The post with the most likes will win a whopping £250. Competition 2 will run from 18th December and close on the 15th March when likes will be counted to reveal the second winner!

If you would like to take part, head to our office in Leeds for some photo booth fun. Post your picture on social media and don’t forget to tag HOP!  

Terms and Conditions:
  • Picture must showcase HOP branding.
  • Must tag @HOP_Lettings on Instagram or @HopProperty on Facebook.
  • Must include hashtag – #FeelingHOPHOPHOP
  • Picture must receive a minimum of 100 likes.
  • Picture must remain on the account for a minimum of 6 months following the competition closing date.
  • Competition 1 will run between 8th November 2021 to 17th December 2021. Pictures posted before the start date will not be counted.
  • Competition 2 will run between 18th December 2021 to 15th March 2022. Pictures posted before the start date will not be counted.
  • The same winner cannot win twice.
  • The prize will be paid by Bank Transfer to the lead tenant, or as a shopping voucher (winners choice).
What better way to celebrate the launch of our 22/23 properties, than with a big £500 cash giveaway!
This year we are running two competitions with our student’s on Social Media. All you need to do to enter is – head to our Leeds office, take a picture at our Photo Booth and post it on your social media. Ensure you tag @HOP_Lettings or @HopProperty and hashtag #FeelingHOPHOPHOP to be in the running. The picture with the most likes will win £250 CASH!!

We have two competitions running so there are TWO CHANCES TO WIN.

Competition 1 will run from 8th November to 17th December. On the closing date pictures posted during this period and meeting the requirements will have their likes counted. The post with the most likes will win a whopping £250. Competition 2 will run from 18th December and close on the 15th March when likes will be counted to reveal the second winner!

If you would like to take part, head to our office in Leeds for some photo booth fun. Post your picture on social media and don’t forget to tag HOP!  

Terms and Conditions:
  • Picture must showcase HOP branding.
  • Must tag @HOP_Lettings on Instagram or @HopProperty on Facebook.
  • Must include hashtag – #FeelingHOPHOPHOP
  • Picture must receive a minimum of 100 likes.
  • Picture must remain on the account for a minimum of 6 months following the competition closing date.
  • Competition 1 will run between 8th November 2021 to 17th December 2021. Pictures posted before the start date will not be counted.
  • Competition 2 will run between 18th December 2021 to 15th March 2022. Pictures posted before the start date will not be counted.
  • The same winner cannot win twice.
  • The prize will be paid by Bank Transfer to the lead tenant, or as a shopping voucher (winners choice).

Author: HOP Cat

Bonfire Night has always been a great time of year for all the family as we head into the winter months. As last year’s celebrations were put on hold due to the pandemic, it’s no surprise we are all expecting a big bang this year.

Organised events are always a great choice for Guy Fawkes night. Not only do you get a firework display that has a great deal of safety measures, you also get much bigger and longer fireworks than you would at home.

 

As this is the first Bonfire Night in two years, here’s some of our favourite local bonfires for all the family to enjoy:
Gledhow Sports and Social Club, Gledhow

This is a great one to visit with young children as the fun kicks off nice and early at 3:30pm on Friday 5th, with lots of family friendly activities including, the best Guy Fawkes competition, food and even a family quiz. Traditional pie and peas as well as hotdogs can be enjoyed around the fire pits throughout the night.

High Trees Garden Centre, Horsforth

If you don’t want to stray far from your Horsforth base, High Trees Garden Centre is our local display this year. Starting at 6pm on Saturday 6th there will be games, food and drink before the big firework display at 7pm. This is a great choice for all the family to enjoy.

The New Inn, Eccup

The New Inn has always been well known for their big Bonfire Night celebrations. With food, bars and market stalls open from 6pm we suspect this Friday night extravaganza will be one to remember. Find your spot before the huge firework display at 7:15pm.

The Roundhegians, Roundhay

The premium firework display in Roundhay is brought to us by The Roundhegians this year. Held on Saturday 6th, the Memorial Ground will offer hot drinks, alcohol and street food before the sky will light up for the big finale!

Yeadon Cricket Club, Yeadon

Another great choice if you want to celebrate on Saturday night. Yeadon Cricket Club always attracts a big crowd with a firework display and bonfire. Starting at 6pm we suspect this will be a popular event this year.

However you choose to spend your Bonfire Night, we wish you all a sparkling weekend!

 

Bonfire Night has always been a great time of year for all the family as we head into the winter months. As last year’s celebrations were put on hold due to the pandemic, it’s no surprise we are all expecting a big bang this year.

Organised events are always a great choice for Guy Fawkes night. Not only do you get a firework display that has a great deal of safety measures, you also get much bigger and longer fireworks than you would at home.

 

As this is the first Bonfire Night in two years, here’s some of our favourite local bonfires for all the family to enjoy:
Gledhow Sports and Social Club, Gledhow

This is a great one to visit with young children as the fun kicks off nice and early at 3:30pm on Friday 5th, with lots of family friendly activities including, the best Guy Fawkes competition, food and even a family quiz. Traditional pie and peas as well as hotdogs can be enjoyed around the fire pits throughout the night.

High Trees Garden Centre, Horsforth

If you don’t want to stray far from your Horsforth base, High Trees Garden Centre is our local display this year. Starting at 6pm on Saturday 6th there will be games, food and drink before the big firework display at 7pm. This is a great choice for all the family to enjoy.

The New Inn, Eccup

The New Inn has always been well known for their big Bonfire Night celebrations. With food, bars and market stalls open from 6pm we suspect this Friday night extravaganza will be one to remember. Find your spot before the huge firework display at 7:15pm.

The Roundhegians, Roundhay

The premium firework display in Roundhay is brought to us by The Roundhegians this year. Held on Saturday 6th, the Memorial Ground will offer hot drinks, alcohol and street food before the sky will light up for the big finale!

Yeadon Cricket Club, Yeadon

Another great choice if you want to celebrate on Saturday night. Yeadon Cricket Club always attracts a big crowd with a firework display and bonfire. Starting at 6pm we suspect this will be a popular event this year.

However you choose to spend your Bonfire Night, we wish you all a sparkling weekend!

 

Author: HOP Cat

Drop it like it’s HOP

It’s all systems go for the student launch today as we have listed over 300 fantastic student homes ready for the next academic year.

It’s a well-known fact that the best properties go first – and this year there’s no time to waste! More students than ever are coming to Leeds to study at the universities in 2022, and competition for the best homes is set to be fierce. The combination of students deferring due to the pandemic, plus record A-Level results, means that the student population in Leeds is about to explode.

Hop to it and start the search for your new home with HOP the easy way:

  • Search our website and you’ll find our listings on Rightmove too
  • Follow us on Instagram & Facebook and search as you scroll
  • Register your details and join The HOP List for the latest properties right to your inbox

See something you like? Share the link with your housemates and take a good look round immediately with our clever virtual tours.

All-inclusive Student Homes

Our hand-picked selection of properties all come with our Essentials Bills Package as standard  – so the price you see already includes your rent, along with all the essentials:

  • 350Mb Superfast Fibre Broadband
  • Green Energy – 100% renewable electricity
  • Gas
  • Water

No one likes trying to split the bills and now you don’t have to – we take care of it all for you.

Make budgeting a doddle. As the UK faces skyrocketing energy prices, you can save money with our all-inclusive student homes, which will lock in your prices now for the coming year and avoid any nasty surprises! Pay the same price – for your rent and bills – every month.

Premium Perks

If you fancy a bit extra, then upgrade to our Premium Bills Package and you can also make the most of:

  • Unlimited Gas and 100% Green Electric
  • 350Mb Superfast Fibre Broadband
  • Water
  • TV Licence
  • Contents Insurance
  • £1,000 Laptop Cover
  • Sky TV
  • Sky Sports HD
  • Sky Cinema HD
  • BT Sport HD
  • PLUS a free brand-new 40″ Smart TV to watch it all on!

Say hello to a smarter way to rent. Click here to read more about why bills inclusive is a no brainer.

Find your perfect pad

This is our twelfth year letting student properties in Leeds! So there’s not much we don’t know when it comes to the student market and finding the perfect accommodation. We’ve been busy working with lots of our Landlords over the summer, completing a number of high spec refurbs and redecoration projects – so now there’s even more choice when it comes to finding something special.

From 1 beds to 10 beds and all across the main student areas of Headingley, Hyde Park, Woodhouse, Burley and the City Centre – we’ve got a dizzying array of quality properties, all with bills included.

Whether you are looking for something within walking distance to the uni’s, or perhaps en-suite bathrooms are your top priority, we have some truly amazing places ready for you to call home in July. Plus, with our super simple online application process – securing your new property will be a breeze.

So, what are you waiting for? Happy hunting!

If you see something you like just drop our friendly Leeds Team a call on 0113 322 9324 to book in a viewing, or simply complete the ‘book a viewing’ form on the website listing and we’ll be in touch.

Drop it like it’s HOP

It’s all systems go for the student launch today as we have listed over 300 fantastic student homes ready for the next academic year.

It’s a well-known fact that the best properties go first – and this year there’s no time to waste! More students than ever are coming to Leeds to study at the universities in 2022, and competition for the best homes is set to be fierce. The combination of students deferring due to the pandemic, plus record A-Level results, means that the student population in Leeds is about to explode.

Hop to it and start the search for your new home with HOP the easy way:

  • Search our website and you’ll find our listings on Rightmove too
  • Follow us on Instagram & Facebook and search as you scroll
  • Register your details and join The HOP List for the latest properties right to your inbox

See something you like? Share the link with your housemates and take a good look round immediately with our clever virtual tours.

All-inclusive Student Homes

Our hand-picked selection of properties all come with our Essentials Bills Package as standard  – so the price you see already includes your rent, along with all the essentials:

  • 350Mb Superfast Fibre Broadband
  • Green Energy – 100% renewable electricity
  • Gas
  • Water

No one likes trying to split the bills and now you don’t have to – we take care of it all for you.

Make budgeting a doddle. As the UK faces skyrocketing energy prices, you can save money with our all-inclusive student homes, which will lock in your prices now for the coming year and avoid any nasty surprises! Pay the same price – for your rent and bills – every month.

Premium Perks

If you fancy a bit extra, then upgrade to our Premium Bills Package and you can also make the most of:

  • Unlimited Gas and 100% Green Electric
  • 350Mb Superfast Fibre Broadband
  • Water
  • TV Licence
  • Contents Insurance
  • £1,000 Laptop Cover
  • Sky TV
  • Sky Sports HD
  • Sky Cinema HD
  • BT Sport HD
  • PLUS a free brand-new 40″ Smart TV to watch it all on!

Say hello to a smarter way to rent. Click here to read more about why bills inclusive is a no brainer.

Find your perfect pad

This is our twelfth year letting student properties in Leeds! So there’s not much we don’t know when it comes to the student market and finding the perfect accommodation. We’ve been busy working with lots of our Landlords over the summer, completing a number of high spec refurbs and redecoration projects – so now there’s even more choice when it comes to finding something special.

From 1 beds to 10 beds and all across the main student areas of Headingley, Hyde Park, Woodhouse, Burley and the City Centre – we’ve got a dizzying array of quality properties, all with bills included.

Whether you are looking for something within walking distance to the uni’s, or perhaps en-suite bathrooms are your top priority, we have some truly amazing places ready for you to call home in July. Plus, with our super simple online application process – securing your new property will be a breeze.

So, what are you waiting for? Happy hunting!

If you see something you like just drop our friendly Leeds Team a call on 0113 322 9324 to book in a viewing, or simply complete the ‘book a viewing’ form on the website listing and we’ll be in touch.

Author: HOP Cat

Here at HOP we are always seeking ways in which we can help and support the Leeds Community and those in it. Our community is important to us!

HOP have recently joined partnership with the local charity, Pudsey Community Project. The charitable organisation was started by Pudsey Parish Church to provide community, youth/children and poverty resources for Pudsey and the surrounding areas.

The charity, lead by vicar Richard Dimery, started prior to Covid-19, having noticed the lack of support for those living in the local community. Utilising the church facilities, Richard and a team of volunteers were able to start a food bank from donations. Working alongside Leeds City Council and other charities, Pudsey Community Project were able to start delivering food parcels to vulnerable people across LS28.

As Coronavirus hit, Pudsey Community Project noted a surge in demand. With lots of people struggling to support their families as well as many people isolating. The project stepped up and took on the huge increase in demand. They even recognised the need for children’s clothes and also something to help those isolating, so started collecting jigsaws which have been delivered with food parcels to the elderly.

This incredible charity has been a lifeline for many during a very tough year. Due to an increase in demand, Pudsey Community Project have moved their base out of the Church into new larger premises on Carlisle Road. The new location will allow them to further expand their offering, with meeting space so that vulnerable people can meet safely, cooking space so they can not only prepare meals but also offer cooking classes to our younger generation, and also a pantry service whereby those in poverty can purchase £10 worth of food and toiletries for as little as £3.

To help and support the amazing work Pudsey Community Project do, HOP’s Pudsey branch has become a Drop Off Point for the charity. As most of those working for the project are volunteers, they are unable to open their facilities every day of the week. Therefore, our office provides a safe place for those who wish to donate.

HOP also pulled together to donate food and toiletries to the project earlier this month. We look forward to working with the Pudsey Community Project and supporting the amazing charity and all they do for our local area.

Here at HOP we are always seeking ways in which we can help and support the Leeds Community and those in it. Our community is important to us!

HOP have recently joined partnership with the local charity, Pudsey Community Project. The charitable organisation was started by Pudsey Parish Church to provide community, youth/children and poverty resources for Pudsey and the surrounding areas.

The charity, lead by vicar Richard Dimery, started prior to Covid-19, having noticed the lack of support for those living in the local community. Utilising the church facilities, Richard and a team of volunteers were able to start a food bank from donations. Working alongside Leeds City Council and other charities, Pudsey Community Project were able to start delivering food parcels to vulnerable people across LS28.

As Coronavirus hit, Pudsey Community Project noted a surge in demand. With lots of people struggling to support their families as well as many people isolating. The project stepped up and took on the huge increase in demand. They even recognised the need for children’s clothes and also something to help those isolating, so started collecting jigsaws which have been delivered with food parcels to the elderly.

This incredible charity has been a lifeline for many during a very tough year. Due to an increase in demand, Pudsey Community Project have moved their base out of the Church into new larger premises on Carlisle Road. The new location will allow them to further expand their offering, with meeting space so that vulnerable people can meet safely, cooking space so they can not only prepare meals but also offer cooking classes to our younger generation, and also a pantry service whereby those in poverty can purchase £10 worth of food and toiletries for as little as £3.

To help and support the amazing work Pudsey Community Project do, HOP’s Pudsey branch has become a Drop Off Point for the charity. As most of those working for the project are volunteers, they are unable to open their facilities every day of the week. Therefore, our office provides a safe place for those who wish to donate.

HOP also pulled together to donate food and toiletries to the project earlier this month. We look forward to working with the Pudsey Community Project and supporting the amazing charity and all they do for our local area.

Author: HOP Cat

Ever wondered what “home staging” means and how it can help you get the most from your property?

Home staging is a way of showing your property in the best possible light. It’s a simple but effective way to get a significant return on investment and sell your property faster.

If anyone watched ‘Selling Sunset’ on Netflix during lockdown, you’ll know that home staging has long been a staple of the US real estate market – but it is becoming increasingly popular in the UK too. Why? Because it works! No matter if you’re selling a 6 bedroom converted barn, or a 1 bedroom apartment, home staging is a tried and tested way to get you more from your sale.

According to Rightmove, homes that have been staged, sell for a huge 8% more than homes that are not.

It is easy to think that an empty house would sell more quickly, but in actual fact, bare properties can struggle to sell. Too much blank space and buyers can find it difficult to visualise furniture in the property – plus it doesn’t have that all-important homely feel.

Buying a home is more often than not an aspirational purchase. That means that buyers who are looking for their next home, are looking to buy into a lifestyle. By staging your home and presenting it in its best light, you are helping them to imagine themselves living there.

If you are currently living in the property you are trying to sell, then simple decorative touches such as mirrors, flowers and table dressings can make all the difference.

If the property you’re selling is already empty, its worth thinking about adding furniture to showcase how a space can be used and paint a picture of the kind of home it could be.

The sales market in Leeds is incredibly fierce right now, with a lot of competition for sales properties. If you are looking for an effective way to help your property attract more attention, then staging is an essential tool to help it stand out.

Simple tips for staging your home:

  • Get rid of clutter, even if it’s just until the viewings are over. While you don’t want to try sell an empty house, you also don’t want to try sell a house that’s full to the brim. The less clutter you’ve got, the more spacious the property will feel.
  • Focus staging on rooms that will most influence a buyer. According to Forbes, the most important rooms to buyers are the kitchen and master bedrooms.
  • De-personalise the space. Whilst it may feel bizarre for a while, it will help buyers to envision the space as their own. Remove personal belongings from around the bathroom sink and kids’ drawings from the fridge, it shouldn’t remove your style but will allow buyers to easily imagine moving straight into the property.
  • Patch up that repair. Broken handles, hanging off doors, cracks and holes may not seem a big deal, but they can signal neglect to a buyer. Invest in some touch up paint, fill those holes or re-seal the bath.
  • Let there be light. Brighten up your rooms and make the space feel bigger by opening any blinds and curtains and letting natural light flood in. Turning on lights throughout the house, including lamps, will make the house feel more homely and welcoming.

With so much to gain, it makes sense for owners to invest in staging. Small additions can make a huge difference and it’s really simple – make your house a show home.

For more hints and tips on the best way to get your home ready for a sale, download our handy leaflet: HOP Tips: Preparing for a Sale

 

Ever wondered what “home staging” means and how it can help you get the most from your property?

Home staging is a way of showing your property in the best possible light. It’s a simple but effective way to get a significant return on investment and sell your property faster.

If anyone watched ‘Selling Sunset’ on Netflix during lockdown, you’ll know that home staging has long been a staple of the US real estate market – but it is becoming increasingly popular in the UK too. Why? Because it works! No matter if you’re selling a 6 bedroom converted barn, or a 1 bedroom apartment, home staging is a tried and tested way to get you more from your sale.

According to Rightmove, homes that have been staged, sell for a huge 8% more than homes that are not.

It is easy to think that an empty house would sell more quickly, but in actual fact, bare properties can struggle to sell. Too much blank space and buyers can find it difficult to visualise furniture in the property – plus it doesn’t have that all-important homely feel.

Buying a home is more often than not an aspirational purchase. That means that buyers who are looking for their next home, are looking to buy into a lifestyle. By staging your home and presenting it in its best light, you are helping them to imagine themselves living there.

If you are currently living in the property you are trying to sell, then simple decorative touches such as mirrors, flowers and table dressings can make all the difference.

If the property you’re selling is already empty, its worth thinking about adding furniture to showcase how a space can be used and paint a picture of the kind of home it could be.

The sales market in Leeds is incredibly fierce right now, with a lot of competition for sales properties. If you are looking for an effective way to help your property attract more attention, then staging is an essential tool to help it stand out.

Simple tips for staging your home:

  • Get rid of clutter, even if it’s just until the viewings are over. While you don’t want to try sell an empty house, you also don’t want to try sell a house that’s full to the brim. The less clutter you’ve got, the more spacious the property will feel.
  • Focus staging on rooms that will most influence a buyer. According to Forbes, the most important rooms to buyers are the kitchen and master bedrooms.
  • De-personalise the space. Whilst it may feel bizarre for a while, it will help buyers to envision the space as their own. Remove personal belongings from around the bathroom sink and kids’ drawings from the fridge, it shouldn’t remove your style but will allow buyers to easily imagine moving straight into the property.
  • Patch up that repair. Broken handles, hanging off doors, cracks and holes may not seem a big deal, but they can signal neglect to a buyer. Invest in some touch up paint, fill those holes or re-seal the bath.
  • Let there be light. Brighten up your rooms and make the space feel bigger by opening any blinds and curtains and letting natural light flood in. Turning on lights throughout the house, including lamps, will make the house feel more homely and welcoming.

With so much to gain, it makes sense for owners to invest in staging. Small additions can make a huge difference and it’s really simple – make your house a show home.

For more hints and tips on the best way to get your home ready for a sale, download our handy leaflet: HOP Tips: Preparing for a Sale

 

Author: HOP Cat

Halloween is one of our favourite times of year. You can decorate your home as spooky as you like, knocking on your neighbours door and demanding food is acceptable and buying copious amounts of sweets at the supermarket isn’t frowned upon.

To celebrate the sugary time of year, HOP put on a fun and family friendly competition through social media. The competition is easy, follow HOP’s social account and comment on our post with how many M&M’s you think are in our sweety jar.

Partnering with Brontaés, located on New Road Side in Horsforth, the winner receives a whopping £70 to enjoy at the local restaurant.

 

Brontaés is a new gourmet restaurant in Horsforth. They offer beautifully presented modern British cuisine with an open kitchen so you can see the chef’s at work. Headed up by popular Farsley chef Dale Spink, there’s no surprise the restaurant has been a huge hit since opening!

Check our one of the recent Google reviews:

“We visited here a couple of weeks ago, the food was amazing! Great customer service and love the fact that we can see our food being cooked. Will 100% be back!”

If you would like the chance to have a meal and drinks at Brontaés fine dining restaurant this year, enter now! Head to our social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram. Entry is simple, but the reward is great!

Halloween is one of our favourite times of year. You can decorate your home as spooky as you like, knocking on your neighbours door and demanding food is acceptable and buying copious amounts of sweets at the supermarket isn’t frowned upon.

To celebrate the sugary time of year, HOP put on a fun and family friendly competition through social media. The competition is easy, follow HOP’s social account and comment on our post with how many M&M’s you think are in our sweety jar.

Partnering with Brontaés, located on New Road Side in Horsforth, the winner receives a whopping £70 to enjoy at the local restaurant.

 

Brontaés is a new gourmet restaurant in Horsforth. They offer beautifully presented modern British cuisine with an open kitchen so you can see the chef’s at work. Headed up by popular Farsley chef Dale Spink, there’s no surprise the restaurant has been a huge hit since opening!

Check our one of the recent Google reviews:

“We visited here a couple of weeks ago, the food was amazing! Great customer service and love the fact that we can see our food being cooked. Will 100% be back!”

If you would like the chance to have a meal and drinks at Brontaés fine dining restaurant this year, enter now! Head to our social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram. Entry is simple, but the reward is great!

Author: HOP Cat

Get ready for the launch: 01.11.21

The Student Launch is just around the corner. Get ready for the rush by joining our HOP List for an exclusive first-look at our hand-picked student homes.

All our homes come with bills included as standard – it’s a no brainer! Choose from a huge selection of quality student homes. From 1 beds to 10 beds, all across the best student areas – you’ll find the perfect place to live for the next academic year.

Plus – with fully interactive 360 degree online viewings and a super simple online application process, finding your next student home has never been easier!

Be the first in line for the best properties for 2022 by signing up to our student mailing list: Join The HOP List

There are loads of ways to find your new home with HOP. Scroll through our social media channels – you’ll find us on Instagram and Facebook.

You can also pop in all your criteria and search our website, plus you’ll find all our properties listed on the usual portals too.

For an even easier way to find your perfect match, you can also get properties right to your inbox. Join our HOP List and we’ll send you our weekly ‘Hot Properties’ emails once the student season kicks off in November – and even a sneak peek early bird look before that.

Get ready for the launch: 01.11.21

The Student Launch is just around the corner. Get ready for the rush by joining our HOP List for an exclusive first-look at our hand-picked student homes.

All our homes come with bills included as standard – it’s a no brainer! Choose from a huge selection of quality student homes. From 1 beds to 10 beds, all across the best student areas – you’ll find the perfect place to live for the next academic year.

Plus – with fully interactive 360 degree online viewings and a super simple online application process, finding your next student home has never been easier!

Be the first in line for the best properties for 2022 by signing up to our student mailing list: Join The HOP List

There are loads of ways to find your new home with HOP. Scroll through our social media channels – you’ll find us on Instagram and Facebook.

You can also pop in all your criteria and search our website, plus you’ll find all our properties listed on the usual portals too.

For an even easier way to find your perfect match, you can also get properties right to your inbox. Join our HOP List and we’ll send you our weekly ‘Hot Properties’ emails once the student season kicks off in November – and even a sneak peek early bird look before that.