How flatfair is tackling hidden tenant charges that even new laws won’t abolish

It’s no secret that tenants face hefty upfront costs when moving in to a new property – and it looks as though new laws will do little to lessen the burden. Under the traditional deposit model, most renters expect to pay one month’s rent in advance alongside an upfront deposit (usually equal to six weeks’ worth of rent). However, in addition to these costs, they often find themselves faced with admin fees, letting agents’ fees, charges for employers to provide them with credible references and even inventory check-in fees. ...

Come and meet the flatfair team at The Negotiator Conference & Expo 2018

The stand is booked, the brochures are ready and Ben’s hair is coiffed. The flatfair team is officially ready for this year’s The Negotiator Conference and Expo – the property industry networking event that’s not to be missed. Held at London’s five-star Grosvenor House on Friday 30 November, flatfair will be one of over 50 exhibitors poised to speak to over 400 delegates who have travelled from all across the country. ...

flatfair takes centre stage at Harvard Business School Alumni Angels event

We might be busy revolutionising the rental market here at flatfair, but when we received an invite to the HBS Alumni Angels pitch event in London, it was an offer we simply couldn’t refuse. flatfair is no stranger to the prestigious event, having qualified as a finalist this time last year and secured its first round of funding from several investors in the audience – but this year’s invite is extra special. ...

Introducing Bruno Thompson: flatfair’s Strategy Lead

The latest addition to the expanding flatfair team is Strategy Lead Bruno Thompson, who’ll be working with Franz Doerr, founder and CEO, and the rest of the team to lead flatfair to even greater heights. No stranger to fast-growing tech startups, Bruno joins us from Trouva, an online marketplace for independent retailers. There he was responsible for scaling and running customer operations, managing everything from logistics and customer services to payment processing through a period of sustained, double digit growth. ...

Tenants' worries about deposit returns show just how much we need an alternative like flatfair

Almost one in five (18%) of tenants in the private rented sector say they’ve had to wait more than three months to get their tenancy deposit back, according to a survey by mortgage lender Nationwide. While the average waiting time was nearly two months, 4% of respondents said they’d experienced a delay of more than six months in getting their deposit back. This is despite guidance from the Tenant Deposit Scheme (TDS), one of the largest in the UK that ringfences or insures tenants’ deposits, saying that a landlord or letting agent should return a tenancy deposit within 10 calendar days of a tenant’s request. ...