Leading Irish property portal daft.ie has now launched a new rentals portal to cover Northern Ireland: rent.co.uk.
rent.co.uk is an updated version of rent.ie, which was acquired by daft.ie in June 2008 and used as a test bed for new technologies. A daft.ie blog post explains that the portal acquired the rent.co.uk domain name in September 2009, but has been holding off on an official launch until there was enough content available for users.
The launch follows on from daft.ie's previous expansion into Northern Ireland in November last year, when it released daft.com. daft.ie says rent.co.uk is targeted at students and young professionals, and now lists properties from approximately 70 percent of the agents in Northern Ireland. rent.co.uk will continue rent.ie's role as a test bed for new search functionality.
rent.co.uk offers a free text search instead of the drop down search used on rent.ie. Listings include long and short-term lettings, house shares, student accommodation, and holiday rentals. The website also includes a dedicated student letting section that provides listings for each of the main universities across Northern Ireland.