Rotterdam, January 15, 2019 – Housing platform HousingAnywhere is making a bold move by cancelling the one-time service fee for tenants for all rooms and apartments in Spain and Portugal. This means the use of the platform will be free for students, expats, young professionals and digital nomads looking to move to these popular and affordable student destinations. Landlords will still be charged the regular service fee for renting out their property through the platform.
HousingAnywhere has been charging a one-time fee of 25% of the first month's rent to tenants since its conception as a booking platform back in 2015. As it has been successful in realizing cost reductions while scaling up, it now chooses to share part of those savings with its community. “Our goal has always been to make housing abroad more easily available for students and young professionals and to encourage international mobility,” says Djordy Seelmann, CEO of HousingAnywhere. “Now that we've grown to be leading player for mid- to long-term accommodation rental, we’d like to go back to our roots and be the best platform for international students possible. Cancelling the fee for tenants will save people that move to Spain or Portugal hundreds of Euros, as competing websites still charge hefty service fees.”
Spain and Portugal are top destinations for students looking for an affordable experience abroad. The total number of international students in Spain has grown by 10.2% compared to the previous academic year, making Spain the number three destination in the world for international students. Portugal has also been attracting a growing number of international students, with an average annual growth rate of 12% between 2013 and 2016. “With such high student mobility, these countries will give us great insight into how our tenants respond to the change,” Seelmann explains. “Besides that, not only students are flocking to Spain: cities like Barcelona and Madrid are also attracting more and more expats and young professionals. These cities are ideal testing grounds for us.”
There is no decision yet on rolling out the fee cancellation in other countries, as HousingAnywhere wants to collect enough data to make an informed decision on its success. “We believe this will be a welcome change for our tenants,” says Seelmann. “Based on its success, we will decide whether to move forward with it and expand it to all destinations. Students and young professionals are often on a tight budget, and this will take their user experience to the next level. Finding and booking international housing has never been easier — or cheaper.”
HousingAnywhere is the world's largest housing platform for international students and young professionals with over 50,000 active advertisements and over 5 million users in over 60 countries. The peer-to-peer platform allows tenants to interact directly with landlords and enter into medium-term rental agreements. More than 160 partner universities recommend their students to use the HousingAnywhere platform. HousingAnywhere.com was founded in 2009 by Niels van Deuren after he was looking for temporary housing during his studies in Singapore. The Rotterdam-based platform currently employs 90 people. Early 2018 Djordy Seelmann took over the role of CEO.
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