Home » News » Agencies & People » London letting agent LiFE Residential invests again in proptech previous nextProptechLondon letting agent LiFE Residential invests again in proptechThe agent says GetRentr can help it lighten the ‘massive burden’ of managing licensing requirements in London and in return it has backed the company financially.Nigel Lewis11th May 201802,428 Views London letting agent LiFE Residential has invested in local authority licensing tracker platform GetRentr, making it a growing and significant player in the proptech venture game.The GetRentr move follows several other proptech investments by the lettings firm including access management start-up KeyNest, all of which is being funded through its proptech arm LiFE Ventures.It offers smaller tech firms Dragon’s Den-style seed investments and support to get them through the incubator stages of their business.GetRentr was co-founded by marketeer and former Olympic organising committee member Orla Shields (picture above) and coder Alex Schembri as a location-based property management platform, but has more recently pivoted to become an online PRS licensing tracking and alerts tool.Jonathan Werth, CEO of LiFE Residential (left), says: “When we first came across them we had no idea anyone was doing something like this and we were really impressed with what they had developed.“We approached Orla who came over to see our office and saw how we do things and met the other tech start-ups we have invested in.“We’re having major headaches with licensing at the moment and GetRentr can help us solve them and offer a better service to our landlords.”Jonathan says that as his company’s property portfolios have got bigger and more London councils – and in particular Newham – have embraced PRS licensing, the admin effort needed to track what’s going on had become a “massive burden for us”.Hours to minutesLicensing for landlords and their properties has been taking LiFE Residential hours to complete per landlord, the company says, but the GetRentr tech has the potential to reduce this to minutes.LiFE Ventures was also an early investor in Goodlord, a platform it also uses as a white label products within its own lettings platform.“Goodlord made us some decent money but it also helped improve our lettings service so from those two perspectives it was a win-win,” says Jonathan.“I’ve been passionate about tech from the outset and we’re lucky to be in a position where we can put some of our financial resources into the future and take a piece of pie.”LIFE Residential jonathan werth LiFE VEntures GetRentr Orla Shields Alex Schembri May 11, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
Shoulders Lecture Series Presents Marjorie Hershey The Shoulders Family Commons Lecture Series will present “From Obama to Trump: What Happened, Why & What does it Mean for Us,” a lecture by Author and Professor Marjorie Hershey. The lecture will take place on Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m. in the Shoulders Family Commons at Harrison High School. Hershey is currently a professor of political science at Indiana University and specializes in the study of American political parties, campaigns and media coverage of elections. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. She is the author of four books and several dozen articles for professional journals and book chapters. Her most recent publication, “The Elections of 2016,” was just released last month. As part of her curriculum at IU, Hershey teaches about political parties, interest groups, environmental policy and how to teach for her graduate students. She has received 16 teaching awards at IU and nationally.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
On Monday, FKJ mounted a very special performance as a Facebook live stream via Cercle, a platform dedicated to filming and broadcasting DJ sets and live performances from “carefully selected and unusual places.”For this livestream, FKJ transmitted his signature “expanding grooves” from the Salar De Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. Located in southwest Bolivia near the crest of the Andes mountain range, this incredible geological formation creates an almost alien landscape, with beautiful panoramic views of the mountainous surroundings and the crystal mountain skies above. Thanks to its unusually flat topography and high mineral content, when it rains on Salar De Uyuni, the salt flat acts as an enormous natural mirror, creating the visual illusion of being able to walk on water.As Cercle explained in a previous post announcing the stream, “although this one will be extremely difficult to organize (Salar de Uyuni is 12000 feet high, with no cellular connexion [sic] and difficult weather conditions), we are more than excited about it.”Needless to say, the video is visually astounding. It’s something you need to see to believe—and even when you do see it, it’s still difficult to wrap your head around exactly what’s happening. Check out the video for one of the most beautiful, entrancing, and surreal live performance videos we’ve ever seen below:FKJ – Live at Salar de Uyuni – Full Pro-Shot Video[Video: Cercle]FKJ has a history of staging unique live performances with breathtaking backdrops. In 2017, he shared a breathtaking video of an intimate performance at the Paris Modern Art Museum in front of “La Fée Electricité” (“The Electricity Fairy”), a massive mural by late French painter Raoul Dufy on the gently curved wall to the entrance of the museum’s Pavillon de la Lumière et de l’Électricité (“Pavilion of Light and Electricity”). You can watch that performance here.FKJ is currently in the midst of an extensive 2019 world tour. Following stops in the U.K. and Europe over the course of the past month, FKJ will head to North America for a lengthy run of shows throughout the months of April and May. For more information, head to his website here.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup believes failure to qualify for the Champions League is simply not an option for Sunday’s opponents Chelsea. Press Association “They have to go into the Champions League not only because of the money but also the prestige. The top clubs feel they have to be in that competition every year. Chelsea need to be there.” He added: “There are four places for the Champions League, but there is always that small doubt about the fourth spot because you have to play one round before you go into the group stages. All the big clubs want to avoid that so Chelsea will be going for the third spot.” Given the vast amount Chelsea paid to secure the services of Fernando Torres a little over two years ago, the Spaniard should be viewed as a key figure in their push for a top-four spot. But the 29-year-old has not scored a Premier League goal since December 23, a run of almost 1,000 minutes of top-flight action without finding the net. However, Laudrup remains wary of the striker’s abilities. He said: “Fernando has played under enormous pressure. It is not easy for him. “But, as a player, you have to accept that – especially when a team spends £50million on you. People in Spain still have a lot of respect for him. “Torres is always a key man you have to stop. One of the worst things you can do is say, ‘he hasn’t scored for a long time so we will leave him’. He still has a lot of quality.” The Blues currently lie fourth in the Premier League table, a point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham and one behind third-placed Arsenal, over whom they have a game in hand. Rafael Benitez’s side are also on course to reach the final of the Europa League after Thursday’s semi-final first leg victory over Basle. But Laudrup believes securing a place at European football’s top table is of more importance to the current Champions League holders, particularly claiming a top-three spot to avoid having to go through the qualifying stages. “For a club like Chelsea it would be a huge disappointment if they do not reach the Champions League,” said the Dane.