Property Jargon Busters: Top 12 terms you should know!

Are you looking to rent or become a landlord and are having difficulty understanding the property expert jargon? If you’re finding yourselves overwhelmed or confused by the terminology, and are struggling to move forward with your move or purchase, then take a look at our jargon breakdown for some helpful information on some keywords. 


This initialism stands for ‘House in Multiple Occupation’ and is sometimes  referred to as a ‘House Share’. This is when three or more people, who are not from the same household, live in one property and share facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms and communal areas. 

HMOs are popular amongst University students and can also be regularly occupied by young professionals looking for somewhere cost-effective to live after leaving home or University.

PCM and PW

PCM stands for ‘Per Calendar Month’. This can be in reference to rent, which will be paid to the landlord or Letting agent monthly. This is the most standard practice when it comes to rent payments, bills and other contractual obligations. Similar to this, you may also have come across PW which means ‘Per Week’. 


While house hunting you may have come across STC, but what does this mean? Once the property owner has accepted an offer , the property will be moved to the sold ‘subject to contact’ status, meaning that the property owner is awaiting legally binding contracts to be signed and returned by the potential buyer. At this stage, the property will be close to being removed from the market. However, if for any reason the contracts cannot be completed, the sale will fall through and the property may go back to the market, allowing other potential buyers to view the property and make an offer. 

Assured shorthold tenancy

An Assured Shorthold Tenancy (or AST) is an agreement between a tenant and landlord in which the tenant is given security of tenure for an agreed length of time, usually 6-12 months. Since being introduced by the Housing Act in 1988, it is now a default and applies to most tenancy agreements in England and Wales used by Private Landlords and Letting Agents. 

A key feature of an AST agreement is that using sections 21 of the Housing Act 1988, Landlords can evict tenants without reason; However this may be changing soon due to government changes to the private rented sector. 

Short Lets 

You may have seen on our own website or through our social media, that we often use the term Short Lets. This is an abbreviation for ‘Short Term Lettings’ and can refer to any property we have available to rent for as little as one day, to one month. If you think of Airbnb, where you might go to search for weekend breaks or city escapes, these will most likely be Short Term Lets. 

Long Lets

Long Lets is an abbreviation for ‘Long Term Lettings’ and quite literally is for people who are looking to rent for a longer term. Our Long Term Lettings will be properties that we are offered on either 6 or 12-month AST contracts. If you are looking for somewhere to live permanently, then these are the properties you will want to search for. 

Mid Term 

Although other letting agents offer Medium Term Lettings which can be contracts of three to eight months, our ‘Mid Term’ Lets are a bit different here at Hopewell. With our Medium or ‘Mid Term’ Lettings, we offer fully furnished properties that are available to rent on a month-by-month basis, with all bills included in the price. 

These properties offer more flexible terms and are perfect for people who need temporary accommodation either between homes, for ongoing home renovations, or are visiting the area for a longer period and would prefer not to live out of a hotel. 

To Let 

When a new property comes onto the rental market, it will be listed with the ‘To Let’ status. This means the property is available for viewings and to accept offers. 

Let Agreed 

Once a property has an offer accepted, the agent will change the property listing to a ‘Let Agreed’ status. Similar to STC, the property is close to being removed from the market, but it hasn’t received all the necessary documents to finalise the tenancy. If the documents and contracts needed to finalise the tenancy aren’t received by the agent, then the property could be reverted back to the ‘To Let’ status, opening it up to new viewings and offers. 

If you see a property you like and it is under ‘Let Agreed’, it might still be worth saving the property. If the tenancy is finalised, the property will then become unavailable, as it will have been removed from the market. 

Property Manager 

Property Managers deal with the day to day of properties within our short or long term portfolios. Our team of expert property managers are here to help our tenants and landlords with whatever issues or questions the property may incur. When you stay in a ‘Managed Property’, all correspondence regarding the property will go through our Property Managers and they will be your first port of call. From listing the property, arranging viewings, and managing cleaning and repairs, our Property Managers are here to ensure both landlords and tenants have the best experience possible. 


A landlord is a person who owns the property and allows others to use it in exchange for payment. If you are looking to rent and are going through an agency, then the likelihood of you meeting your landlord during the renting process is slim. However, if your property is not managed by the agency you have rented through, then your landlord will be your first port of call when something needs addressing in or with your property. 

If your property is managed by your letting agent, then all communication between the landlord and tenant will go through the agency, meaning you will contact your Property Manager for any faults, fixes, or queries you may have. 


A tenant is a person who rents and occupies a property that is owned by a landlord. 

Is there still some property jargon we haven’t quite cleared up for you? Feel free to tweet us @hopewellbristol and we’ll be happy to help!