It’s an exciting day here at Howsy towers!
We are delighted to announce that we have acquired online letting agency Upad from liquidators, and are excited to be relaunching the much-loved brand.
The acquisition sees Howsy taking on a number of Upad’s assets, including the company name, contracts and operating platform.
The news of Upad’s sudden closure at the end of last year came as a shock to everyone. The organisation was closed following founder James Davis suffering a health scare, and we were saddened to see such a vibrant business in our sector close its doors.
With such a strong reputation for excellent customer service and an industry leader in the online rental sector, we were keen to ensure that this did not signal the end for Upad, and began the process of acquiring the firm’s assets.
Why have Howsy bought Upad?
We are keen to build an unrivalled rental platform, utilising seamless technology, highly skilled staff and a bank of rental-know-how to offer bespoke solutions to landlords across the UK. Upad’s technology delivers some fantastic solutions, and their loyal customer base represents a cross-section of UK landlords who we hope we can continue to deliver a great service to.
What does it mean for Howsy customers?
Upad was one of the founders of the online letting agency model, alongside Urban.co.uk who we also acquired at the end of 2019. Working together with existing Howsy teams, these purchases allow us to offer a great tenant find option, tailored to suit the needs of today’s landlord.
We’re over the moon that a number of Upad and Urban.co.uk experts have joined the Howsy team and are providing us with the benefit of their knowledge in this particular sector of the rental market – what they don’t know about finding your perfect tenant just isn’t worth knowing!
Of course, this addition to the family doesn’t change the Howsy you know. We will still continue to provide end-to-end property management services, combining cutting edge technology with round-the-clock personal support to make sure that every element of your rental journey is taken care of.
What does this change mean for Upad customers?
Day-to-day, there will be no changes to the Upad that existing customers know and love. All of the technology and features you have come to expect will all still be in place, only to be backed up further by the round-the-clock teams here at Howsy.
All of the great features you look for when finding a new tenant are still available, with the option to seamlessly move onto a Howsy management plan if you are looking for a more end-to-end solution.
As a larger team, we hope that we will be able to continue Upad’s vision in driving innovation for landlords and tenants, and make a real change to the private rental sector.
2020 is shaping up to be an exciting year, with lots of positive news to come.
We are always keen to hear any thoughts on how we can change things to make them work better for our landlords, and urge you to get in touch with any ideas. There’s no better feedback!