Proptech company – Spike Global – has partnered with rental payments technology firm – flatfair – to further streamline the rental experience of residents at EcoWorld’s Build to Rent scheme Barking Wharf Square, which is managed by Apo.
Spike Global’s reservations and lettings software manages a resident’s journey from reservation to enquiry and through to move in. Its residents’ portal – Spike Living – then manages a range of functions that enhance the rental experience once a resident has moved in.
Functions include concierge services, social clubs and forums, and process and building management solutions. The portal also connects people in the community by providing key announcements and information on amenities and recreational activities.
“Here at Spike, we are committed to improving the community and overall rental experience. During lockdown, meaningful technology has never been more important in keeping people connected.”
“We have worked closely with flatfair to deliver a bespoke platform designed to make the Apo tenancy journey simple from start to finish, making residents’ daily lives easier and connecting them to amenities, services and community support at the touch of a button.”Jeremy Heath-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Spike Global
The new partnership will see flatfair assist with the resident onboarding process by adding referencing services to the list of Spike Global products. It will also enable Apo residents to sign up for flatfair’s No Deposit solution, which allows them to pay a one-off membership fee equal to one week’s rent (+VAT) at the start of their tenancy, authorise their debit card and settle bills at the end – similar to hotel’s check in and out.
The firm says doing away with upfront deposits – which on average cost renters in London more than £1,500 – means they can move into their new homes quicker. Once they move out, charges are settled quickly on a pay-as-you-leave basis.
“Both flatfair and Spike share the common goal – to streamline the rental experience for everyone, making it fairer and more transparent for all parties.”
“Working together, we hope to set a new benchmark for tenants in the Build to Rent sector, ensuring the onboarding process is as simple, straightforward and efficient as possible for Apo residents.
“We are also thrilled to be able to offer Apo residents access to our No Deposit solution, which has already saved thousands of renters across Britain more than £10m in up-front costs.”Franz Doerr, Chief Executive Officer, flatfair