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Letting Agency of the Year Awards 2012
May 25, 2012
Imfuna Let; SILVER - Lettings Supplier of the Year 2012
Imfuna's digital inventory Smart phone app is the result of two forensic engineers' efforts to create a building inspection tool, and allows users to input data, transcribe dictated notes and create reports. So, it's no wonder that 25 major lettings agents throughout the country have been quick to take up the technology just 10 months since its launch. Judges loved the ability of the app to reduce property inspection to published inventory report times by 75%, as well as the ability to create agency-branded, customised versions of the report using photography where provided.
Just Do Property
May 22, 2012
Tenants cry foul over deposit reductions
Major independent survey reveals tenant-tension over deposit reductions
As the Tenancy Deposit Schemes continue to dominate the news agenda in the residential property industry, digital inventory platform Imfuna is today launching further findings from a major survey of landlords, lettings agents and tenants, which found that 65 per cent of tenants feel that deductions from their deposit were taken unfairly.
The Independent | Blogs
May 22, 2012
Are landlords making unfair deposit deductions?
A survey of landlords, lettings agents and tenants has found that 65 per cent of tenants feel that deductions from their deposit were taken unfairly. The survey by digital inventory platform Imfuna found that on average tenants have 80 per cent of their deposits returned, with 16 per cent of the 1,000 tenants surveyed claiming that no reason at all was given for deductions.
The Independent | Blogs
April 18, 2012
How to be a long-distance landlord
A new survey of landlords shows that in London there are almost twice as many properties in the private rented sector as landlords who reside in the capital. It also reveals that long-distance landlords are far more prevalent in Scotland than in the South East and South West of England.
April 11, 2012
Survey suggests tenants unaware of deposit schemes and landlords think they're biased
A recent telephone survey conducted by digital inventory system Imfuna Let suggests that all landlords feel that the government's Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) is designed exclusively in the tenants favour and less than half of the tenants surveyed are even aware that such schemes exist!
Infuma conducted interviews over the phone with 1000 tenants; 100 landlords owning 20 or more properties and 50 letting agents this past February.
April 11, 2012
Landlords state tenancy deposit programmes are failing
One in five agents but not one single landlord feels that tenancy deposit schemes were designed in their benefit. Even though most think that the schemes are stacked in preference of tenants, fewer than half of tenants actually was aware that the schemes are there or whether their deposits was protected. The results arise as a result of a latest survey of landlords, agents and tenants by digital inventory provider Imfuna.
April 10, 2012
Research shows tenancy deposit schemes need fine tuning
A telephone survey conducted by research data provider Imfuna has shown that 65% of the landlords questioned and 52% of the letting agents thought the various tenancy deposit schemes available in the UK have been designed to favour the tenant, rather than the landlord. The other 35% of landlords and 22% of letting agents said they thought tenancy deposit schemes benefited neither party, and some even said they should be scrapped.
BBC.co.uk Business News
April 9, 2012
Eureka moment: Does man or machine drive innovation?
Can we still say that innovation is truly driven by the entrepreneur or are eureka moments increasingly only coming about because technology allows them to happen?
April 5, 2012
Landlords and Tenancy Deposit Schemes – A rocky relationship?
With the tenancy deposit protection changes coming into force overnight, research by digital inventory platform Imfuna has found 0% of landlords questioned felt deposit protection schemes are designed in favour of landlords.
April 4, 2012
Landlords warned over deposit legislation
Big fines are in the offing for any landlords or letting agents who fall short of new tenant deposit legislation coming into force on Friday.
Deposit rules are due to be tightened up on 6 April. If funds received from the tenant are not registered with a deposit protection scheme within 30 days then landlords or agents will be liable to pay a penalty.
Property Investor News
March 1, 2012
Taking good pictures during an Inventory inspection is critical for landlords and letting agents in order to avoid exposure to costs around damage and deposit disputes. However, printing or poor picture quality can damage a landlord or letting agent's photographic evidence. When using a digital system, this guide shows how to prioritise information to support the burden of proof.
February 23, 2012
The founder of Imfuna, Jax Kneppers, examines the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) recent damning statement citing that 'many inventories are completely inadequate' and 'not worth the paper they are written on', resulting in many landlords losing deposit cases. In this article, Jax Kneppers explains how the burden of proof can be covered by collection and preparing data in a uniform manner.
Estate Agent Today
January 3, 2012
In this interview, Imfuna founding member Chris Raniere talks with Estate Agent Today what Imfuna does, how our products help letting agents develop their business and create value, and how we differentiate ourselves from our competitions.
November 9, 2011
In this video Property Tribe interviews Imfuna founding member Chris Raniere at the Property Business Show about how the Imfuna app takes the pain out of creating detailed inventories.
September 13, 2011
Imfuna commissioned a research project recently asking 100 lettings agents a series of question about technology, from how they use it today to how the foresee it being used in the future. The results of this research project displayed an interesting trend; letting agents who do not adopt new technology are in danger of holding back the development of their business.
Landlord Today Article
August 12, 2011
The founder of Imfuna, Jax Kneppers, explains the key factors for how deposits enter into dispute and how landlords can avoid this. By establishing a move-in condition report with a comprehensive record of the property and evaluating the property as soon as the property is vacated, both landlords and tenants can avoid a drawn out dispute.
The Big Property List UK Letting Agents Slow to Take Up Digital Technology
June 5, 2011
With the digital age in full swing, it’s surprising to learn that many letting agents are still not embracing the digital technology at their disposal. When you consider how many consumers now search for goods, services, and indeed property online this seems like commercial suicide. According to new research, many UK letting agents have admitted they knew that technology would help them to provide a better service, but were resistant to making the necessary changes and learning the necessary skills.
International Business Times UK property letting agents slow to use digital technology, survey suggests
June 2, 2011
UK property letting agents admit that technology is the route to providing better service and having a more successful business but they are resistant to digital investment, new research shows. Some 78% of letting agents said that believe that those who embrace new technology are more likely to be successful and 90% said that technology could improve their service, according to a survey from Imfuna Let.
LettingAgentToday Are letting agents falling behind in the technology stakes?
June 2, 2011
We commissioned a research project recently, asking 100 letting agents a series of questions about technology – from how they use it today to how they intend to use it in future. Admittedly ‘we’ (or rather our digital inventory system Imfuna Let) have a vested interest, having just launched our iPhone and Android app designed to take the user through the entire process of collection, reporting, editing, sharing and ultimately storing the full history of a property. What we discovered via the survey helped us realise that we were doing the right thing.
LandlordZONE Blog New Inventory Solution launched
May 13, 2011
Imfuna Let is a new and unique digital inventory system providing the most comprehensive solution on the market today. Unlike other software products, Imfuna Let has been developed to intuitively take the user through the entire process of collection, reporting, editing, sharing and ultimately storing the full history of a property. At each step Imfuna Let is designed to take the frustrations and challenges out of the process and provide the user with a simple yet highly professional experience.
The Guardian APPSBLOG
May 6, 2011
The idea: users can wander round a property collecting data, recording voice notes, and then sharing their reports with colleagues when back in the office. Naturally, our tests extend to wandering around our own house pretending to be an estate agent, but the app impresses with its efficiency – a key aspect for this kind of B2B application.
TheNegotiator Ex-engineer launches cloud-based inventory app
April 20, 2011
A former mechanical engineer has launched a mobile application that enables lettings agents to create online inventories via their mobile phone. Jax Kneppers is the brain behind Imfuna Let, which has been designed to enable agents to combine their note-taking, photography and dictation to create inventories.