INTERVEW: Meet the landlord who’s built an ‘Airbnb for long-term lets’

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INTERVEW: Meet the landlord who’s built an ‘Airbnb for long-term lets’

If anyone was likely to build a renting platform for landlords and tenants then it should be Toks Adebiyi, who has observed rental property from every angle.

The 38-year-old is a landlord but has also been a tenant, run a property investment group with 1,000 members, established his own estate agency and trained as a letting agent.

But it took one of his tenants ringing him while he was on holiday to set him on a path to what would become Clooper.

“I had been managing my properties via pretty crude methods of paper and maybe some Excel spreadsheets and I had always meant to try and build a digital solution,” he says. 

Better way?

“But it took a tenant phoning me on holiday requesting that something be fixed that was the final straw – surely there had to be a better way, I asked myself.”

Clooper has been in development for several years and he describes it as an Airbnb for the long-lets market rather than another landlord platform or an online estate agent.

“We are building a social platform that is home-centric and enables our users to be better landlords,” he says.
One key element of the platform is that landlords can, if they are busy or on holiday, enable tenants to get quotes to have issues fixed – the landlord then signs off the best quote.

The platform launched in earnest during March this year and in June raised £400,000 in seed funding from over 300 investors on website Crowdcube.

Empire Property

This included a major contribution from Paul Rothwell, the MD of commercial-to-resi developer and landlord .

“has been built to serve the smaller landlords who will never use an agent because they prefer to manage their properties themselves, which is around 60% of the market,” he says.

“I like to think they are people who want to do it themselves but do it properly – and we already have many landlords using us who like that.”

Adebiyi says a more advanced version of the platform called Clooper PRO is waiting in the wings that will be for larger landlords and letting agents too.


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Check properties every three months or risk tenants from hell, landlords warned

A buy-to-let investor in Bradford has called on fellow landlords to inspect their properties every three months ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Check properties every three months or risk tenants from hell, landlords warned | LandlordZONE.

Check properties every three months or risk tenants from hell, landlords warned

A buy-to-let investor in Bradford has called on fellow landlords to inspect their properties every three months after a ‘tenant from hell’ trashed his terraced house and cost him thousands in repairs and lost rent.

Hassanin Al-Assan has contacted LandlordZONE after a year-long saga that started when he rented his property (pictured) in the West Bowling district of the city.

The tenants started out as a hard-working couple with two children but after a few months began reporting damage to the property including a broken side-door lock, front door handle and, on the final occasion, a smashed rear kitchen window.

NHS job

“Just after they moved in I took a job working for the NHS in Glasgow so I had to leave Bradford and, along with several Covid lockdowns, this made it difficult to keep an eye on the house,” says Al-Assan.

“When the damage occurred I organised for the items to be replaced, but then the police called to say that the woman, who appeared to be living in the property with her kids but no partner, was being re-housed after anti-social behaviour outside the property.”

Drug use

The landlord says it transpired that the woman had been smoking cannabis in the house and owed money to her dealers, who had been causing the damage to the property.

“I asked a friend to check on the house and it was a total mess – dirty throughout including spliff butts everywhere, broken doors, windows and generally in a terrible state,” he says.

The tenant left the property without having to be evicted but Al-Assan say quotes to reinstate the house are around £3,000 on top of lost rent.

“I would urge all landlords to check their properties every three months and have that written into their tenancy contracts,” he says.

“And if you don’t have the time to do that, then ; the cost and hassle are a lot less than the nightmare I’ve been through.”

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