Manchester Student Homes has created a new stream of accreditation specifically designed to work with Letting Agents in Greater Manchester. Due to the diversifying and growing private rented sector within Manchester we have recognised a need to develop the types of accreditation currently on offer to Students through Manchester Student Homes. Furthermore Manchester Student Homes is facing an increasingly buoyant student market with a growth in the numbers of students using our service to seek accommodation. This academic year we have seen a record with a marked increase in the amounts of students utilising our services. The website has seen a spike in traffic with the following statistics reported year by year: Visitors
(up to 31 July 2018)
In order to meet this increased demand we want to expand accreditation to ensure student demand is met with good quality accommodation and a reliable service. There is also growing trend for student renters to look in the City Centre and other ‘non-traditional’ student areas such as Hulme and East Manchester. We are opening our doors to expand our accreditation to include further reaching Agents who can offer our students a more diversified range of accommodation. We have now created a new accreditation that is geared towards Letting Agents rather than individual properties or landlords. Our Agent Accreditation comes complete with a specially designed Agent Code and bespoke Agent page on the website. This document will provide you with all the information you need to know about joining the only University-run housing service for student living off campus. We hope to welcome you into the academic community and together build a stronger and sustainable private sector which is mutually beneficial to both Students and Landlords. The benefits you will receive on becoming a Manchester Student Homes Accredited Agent are as follows:
Access to advertise your Agency to one of the largest student populations with unlimited presence within the following partner Institutions: The University of Manchester Manchester Metropolitan University The University of Salford The Royal College of Northern Music UCEN (The Manchester College) Access to support, mediation, advice and guidance on any housing or tenancy issues. Access to support from the Off Campus Student Affairs Officer and the Good Neighbours Team including management of ASB. A dedicated space on the Manchester Student Homes website to promote your Agency and brand and the functionality to make your agency searchable on the Manchester Student Homes website. Inclusion and access to any housing events or fairs within the Universities or associated colleges including a specialist Agency Fair at the Universities at peak house hunting season. Inclusion to the wider partnership network at Manchester Student Homes such as GMP, MCC, MF&RS as well as a chance to join our Landlord Working Party. Opportunity to attend any training sessions, meeting, forums or conferences held by Manchester Student Homes. Use of Manchester Student Homes Accredited logo and certificates.
Eligibility to apply for the International Friendly Standard and use of logo. Opportunity to be included in any Manchester Student Homes marketing material. Regular updates and communications on important issues affecting the student sector.
How your Agency will be advertised through Manchester Student Homes
There will be a button on the home page labelled “letting agents”. (Please note that this button appears on every web page on the site). Clicking this button will take you through to the above page, where your company logo will be displayed. Users will be advised to click the logo of the company they want to browse. This will bring up the following page:
Upon registering as an Accredited Agent you will be given a bespoke section on the Manchester Student Homes website. The following screenshots give an indication of what the pages will look like:
This page is bespoke to you, but, as a minimum, should contain your contact details, a description of your services and a number of images. We will require the pantone code to ensure your colours are displayed accurately. The web link should go directly to your business website. 3
In conjunction with our web developers, we will are also aiming to provide a searchable advert under the main property search on the website. The proposal is that students searching for properties will be able to select Letting Agent. The property search will then list any Agents accredited with available properties, giving information about the Agency and the relevant contact details.
It should be noted that all Agents registered will appear in a list and will be sorted according to the cheapest weekly rental. Should a user wish to browse further, they would click the ‘details’ button and the following page would display:
The following screenshot is an indication of the search results page, once “Letting Agent” is selected:
This page would display any images you wish to use, the number of properties and the range of rent as well as your contact details. Please note that the searchable aspect of the advertising is under development and may not look exactly as above.
Accommodation fairs within the Universities
Inclusion into accommodation guides and other promotional materials
Additional banner adverts
Additional window adverts in office
Sponsorship of MSH community activities
Manchester Student Homes as the only University led housing service is included on all the partner Institutions websites and prospectuses sent directly to prospective students, returning students, home students and international students. We are the only off campus housing service that has attendance at the Universities and Colleges open days and we work closely with the internal departments to secure a range of housing options for our students. In joining the Manchester Student Homes Agent Accreditation you will have the opportunity to be represented on an unparalleled level to the Student community.
How to Accredit your Agency Included in this pack is a copy of our Agent Accreditation Code and a Code Declaration form as well as some terms and conditions. Please read our Code and feel free to ask us any questions you may have, we want you to be comfortable and happy about becoming an Accredited Agent and we treat all our accredited members as partners, so we are happy to discuss any elements of accreditation with you. Once you are happy and have signed the forms and returned them to us, they will be checked by our dedicated Housing Caseworker and pending payment you will be accredited to Manchester Student Homes. The administration and advertising team will then be in touch with you to discuss your advertising requirements and ensure you get the best advert possible. We will provide you with an Accredited Agent certificate and logo for your use. Throughout the year we will be in touch to discuss additional advertising and marketing opportunities and we will be on hand at all times to offer support, advice and guidance as well as providing you with relevant updates and news on the student sector.
Agents will be invited to attend and take part in additional advertising opportunities throughout the academic year that may include but not be limited to the following:
We look forward to welcoming you to the Manchester Student Homes Accreditation Scheme and the Universities network. If you wish to discuss any of the above with us in more details please contact us on 0161 275 7680 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Manchester Student Homes has created a new stream of accreditation specifically designed to work with Letting Agents in Greater Manchester....