Young proptech entrepreneur looking to ‘disrupt’ student rental market

Harry Panter says his Housr app offers both students and letting agents a better way to manage the specific challenges of student tenancies.

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A young proptech entrepreneur has launched a web and app-based service designed to help student tenants find and manage accommodation during their studies ‘with just a few clicks’, and offer agents a sector-specific tenancy management platform.

22-year-old Harry Panter, (main pic, second from right)  who only recently finished his degree at Manchester University, says his new business is a direct result of his experience renting student accommodation in the city.

He has grand designs for Housr, which currently covers Manchester but will be launched across the UK and internationally, pending an ongoing funding round.

“Housr holds the hand of students at every step of their renting journey, which is essential given so many people leave their first-year, University-provided Halls accommodation with so little knowledge of the private rented sector,” he saysl

Its home search app has been designed to copy some of the functionality of the Tinder dating app because it’s so familiar to most people in their late tends and early 20s, he says.

Insanely high

“We also realised that many letting agents specialising in student lets face insanely high premiums to use the big national portals even though their properties are hidden among all the normal rental properties in their property feeds,” he tells The Neg.

Therefore, the app and the website behind it automate many of the administrative tasks that student lettings negotiators face including booking viewings, but also enables student and their landlord or letting agent to communicate directly via the app including organising property maintenance and repairs.

Housr has been under development throughout Panter’s time at university and soft-launched in April.
He says the team behind the app (pictured) is now seeking to nail-down seed funding to develop the business as the October start to the student accommodation cycle begins.

It has already raised an initial £500,000 from a US investor, and Panter says once it raises more money in the latest round, will then look to expand across the UK and later internationally.

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