How to Rent Your House for Filming
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make additional money, renting your house out for filming and photography shoots is a good way to go about it. Renting your house out as a filming location requires minimal effort from you and can provide you with a tidy little income, and it can also be quite cool to see your house in a photography spread or on TV.
Looking to list your house as a film location but don’t quite know where to start? We’ve put together a comprehensive guide on how you can rent your house our for shoots, giving you all the information you need on how to get your property listed.
Whether you have a spacious country manor house or a quaint city centre apartment, the chances are that your property is suitable to be listed. As a leading location agency, London houses are always in demand for out catalogue. It’s not just properties in the capital that we’re interested in, though. Houses for film locations across the UK are always needed – it’s common for directors to shoot scenes at various locations and pass them off as others. For example, they might not be able to find the perfect house in London, so they’ll use a house in Manchester and pass it off as a London property.
There are almost no restrictions on suitable houses for filming in the UK, so no matter what your property is and where it’s located, it can still be used.
Register Your House
Before you can take bookings, you need to get your house registered. For those asking, “how do I register my house?”, the answer is simpler than you think. The quickest and easiest way is to go to our registration page and fill out your details. This involves giving us your name, address, and a sample image of your property. Our expert house filming locations team will then look over your application and determine whether or not it’s suitable.
All of the suitable houses to rent for photo shoots and filming projects are listed on our website for free - provided we approve the registration. This is why it’s important to include a photo on your application where possible; it gives us a better idea of what your house looks like and its eligibility.
If your house is approved by our team and makes it onto our Location Library, the general area (e.g. Ealing, London) and a selection of images are added to your own profile on our site. Our catalogue of locations works a bit like an online store. Location scouts visit our site, filter their requirements (e.g. family home), and scroll through until they find a property they think could work for their shoot.
The next step is for them to either add your property to their collection folder, or they can request more information. When they add your house to a collection, they can share it with other people along with a number of other potential properties. If they choose to request more information, they will submit their information, contact details, place of work, project type, and shoot dates.
When we get a request through for more information on your property, we will liaise with you directly. This is for two reasons: we never hand out your contact information online, and we need to verify the company and enquiry as legitimate. This is an added layer of protection for you, and to ensure you’re not putting energy into ungenuine queries.
We will ask you about your availability and if you’re happy with the project and for your home to be associated with it. If you are, we will return to the client and organise everything, including taking payment and securing a £1,000 damage deposit. We will also inform you of the recce(s) the production company will need to carry out before filming commences. If they want anything moving around or changing, they will discuss it with your after the recce.
Once your booking is confirmed, you don’t need to do much other than make sure your house is clean and in an identical state to the photos listed online. Treat it like a house viewing – no dishes in the sink, crumbs on the side, or clothes on the floor – everything must be clear and tidy for the filming crew.
You might need to leave your house during filming hours so that the production has space to work or due to confidentiality clauses, but this isn’t always the case. The production team will be able to advise you further on this.
Rent Your House Today
Think your house is suitable for use as one of our location houses in London and across the UK? If so, please contact us to find out more and to get the ball rolling on renting your house for media projects today.