depending on the size, I would rent it by room. If you are in a decent location, you can generally get more in total. I have a property, find the tenants myself through easyroommate or house ladder (less good than easy room mate). get a contract done by a proper lawyer. there is a website offering guidance. can't remember what it is called but plug tennant verification or something similar into a google search.
I rent out my house in the UK without an agent and I do not even live in the country. Manage the whole thing myself