The brain drain from Knight Frank to growing property management platform Rentify continues.
The platform, which in October poached Knight Frank high flier Lucy Jones, was established in 2011 and has so far received some £8 million in funding. But three more Knight Frank seniors have now also joined the lettings agency.
The first is Giles Barrett, a former Partner at Knight Frank, who has joined Rentify after a spell heading up Knight Frank’s South Kensington office.
Second is Mathew Hahn who headed up Knight Frank’s Richmond branch, although he has also worked for Savills, Hamptons International and Foxtons in the past.
The pair have been tasked with growing the platform’s list of multi-property landlords and build-to-rent developers.
The last to arrive is up-and-coming property management star Andrew Osborne who has been recruited form Knight Frank to help manage the portfolios of larger landlords.
The trio’s decision to join the proptech firm is a sign that, even in the crisp corporate corridors of Knight Frank, ‘disruptor’ tech start-ups are beginning to get noticed and admired.
Rentify founder George Spencer (below) caused quite a stir a while back when he claimed that the ‘model that letting and estate agents have is the opposite of what a landlord wants’.
“These latest appointments bring a wealth of high street agency experience to Rentify and complement the existing team of professionals, many of whom have left high profile senior roles within the industry, excited by the opportunity of disrupting an outdated rental model and driven by the idea that we can create a more compelling offering for landlords and tenants alike,” says Spencer.
“Our unique combination of a technologically advanced management platform together with the ‘human’ element of genuine on-the-ground experience and knowledge of the rental market, means we are well positioned to deliver on this ambition.”
Rentify currently has 33 properties listed on Rightmove to rent.