Howsy, a property management and lettings platform founded in 2016, announced on Tuesday (3 September) that it has closed a £5m funding round.
The business, which is one of a number of UK start-ups focusing on disrupting the lettings industry, says it is “pioneering a radical step change” in the rental sector.
Howsy’s platform provides end-to-end property management for UK landlords, from finding tenants to managing repairs and renewals.
Using technology and insurance products, the start-up offers a low, fixed-fee management cost to landlords, with the aim of saving them thousands of pounds a year compared to high-street letting agents.
Based in Shoreditch, London, the start-up claims it was the first national company to abolish renter fees, three years before a nationwide ban was implemented.
Howsy’s latest funding round was led by London-based global wealth management business, Skybound Capital.
A spokesperson for Howsy said: “The latest round of funding will allow Howsy to open a new operations centre in Coventry as well as expand its team, with the company making a number of high-profile hires in senior positions.”
These hires include Marc Harris, who will join the executive team as CTO. In this role, he will focus on the rapid acceleration of Howsy’s technological innovation, enabling the company to grow at “significant scale”. Harris previously led the tech divisions of enterprise social media platform CrowdControlHQ and software company BigHand.
Howsy is also hiring former PayPal marketing director Mark Hodson as its new CMO, while Steven Kemp will join as COO, coming from delivery company Shutl, which was acquired by eBay.
Howsy also has plans to make a number of acquisitions with the funding to help with its expansion plans.
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