LONDON, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Zoopla.co.uk sees 161% increase in 'Olympic' searches over last 4 weeks
With only 5 months to go until the London Olympics, leading UK property search website Zoopla.co.uk has launched a section on its website displaying houses and flats available to rent in London as short-term lets during the summer, making it easy for the millions of international visitors heading to the capital for the Games to find accommodation.
With hotel room availability in the city during the Olympics almost non-existent at this stage, short term property rentals in London are proving very popular and Zoopla.co.uk has seen an increase of 161% in property search for the term 'Olympics' on its website over the past four weeks alone, a trend that is almost certain to grow over the coming months.
With almost 1,000 properties in London currently listed to rent during the Olympic period, there is a vast range of options to select, from a one-bedroom flat for £200 per week within walking distance of the Olympic Stadium to a six-bedroom house in trendy Notting Hill for £30,000 per week.
Nick Leeming, Business Development Director, Zoopla.co.uk said: "International demand for short-term property lets in London over the summer is set to be fierce. With hotel rooms having been booked out months, and in some cases years, in advance short-term property rentals are a great alternative. And many London homeowners looking to escape the capital during the Games are offering up their homes as a way to cash in."
Zoopla's top 5 tips for international visitors looking to secure an Olympic rental:
1. Use a reputable lettings agent, such as one listed on Zoopla.co.uk
2. Be prepared to make a quick decision to avoid any disappointment
3. Have all relevant references & identification paperwork needed ready
4. Check the location & nearest transport links using Zoopla map view
5. Make sure any deposit paid is protected by a tenant deposit scheme
Example rentals currently available:
Zoopla.co.uk is the UK's most comprehensive property website, focused on empowering consumers with the resources they need to make better-informed property decisions. We help our users make sense of the residential property market by combining property listings with market value data, local information and community tools.
Zoopla.co.uk was founded on the principles of transparency and efficiency and everything we do aims to make the market more effective for both property consumers and professionals alike. By combining free, instant value estimates for every UK home with sold prices, local market information and hundreds of thousands of properties available for sale and to rent, Zoopla.co.uk has rapidly become the ultimate destination for property consumers to search for property and do their market research. Our unique features allow users to gain an insight into the market and discover information they won't find anywhere else. And, as a result, we have become one of the most valued sources of both applicant and vendor leads for UK estate agents.
Launched in 2008, we are the fastest growing property website in the UK, now attracting over 10 million visits per month and are proud to have been awarded numerous accolades including being listed in the Top 10 UK Tech Companies (Guardian) and the Top 10 Most Innovative UK Companies (Smarta 100) as well as being voted the UK's Best Property Portal (Web User, Daily Mail Awards, Website of the Year).
Zoopla Ltd is a privately held company with a highly experienced and proven management team, led by Founder and CEO, Alex Chesterman, and backed by well-respected angel investors and leading venture capital firms Atlas Venture (http://www.atlasventure.com) and Octopus Ventures (http://www.octopusventures.com).