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At a chance meeting in November, I had a chat with Jamie Perry, from Viridian Housing. He is leading the development of a new app, to help in mutual exchange of social rented homes. Its particularly a useful idea in London, but I can see its potential right across social housing. Viridians research & innovation team were winners of Nesta and the ODI's Housing Open Data Challenge last year.
MoveMaker (previously the admittedly, less catchily named 'Housing Tinder'), seeks to connect tenants and then their landlords / RSL's who are working with the app, can work with genuinely interested parties. The key to it is hooking into that mutual interest, so it saves time for everyone. Once downloading the Android or Apple app and completing the pain-free registration, tenants can look for what they need, number of beds, area, rental cost etc. With bedroom tax still affecting low paid tenants, this can make a positive impact.
There is then the facility to chat, possibly to arrange a viewing. Chat allows questions to be asked like what's nearby, parks, shops, medical facilities, community organisations etc. These are possibly queries that a housing association or other registered provider, might struggle to answer.
Also, there's a great feature, if it doesn't all look kosher, you can also report a user, all providing a level of safety. Once tenants have had a chat, a viewing can be quickly arranged. If that goes well a swap can be agreed, pending landlord approval.
There is a dedicated landlord portal to make this latter part more easy to execute. This is being offered as a twelve month free trial currently, with support. This is in the form of technical support, as well as promotional collateral.
Learn more about MoveMaker here http://www.movemakerapp.co.uk/tenants
You can also follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MoveMakerApp
A brochure can be accessed via DropBox here.
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