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PropTech startup launches new house hunting app for students

Polygon has launched a new mobile app designed to make it easier for students to house hunt.

To help ensure that housemates are compatible, the PropTech startup has developed a housemate matching algorithm; an attractive proposition for some landlords looking to reduce void periods.

With Polygon, students can swipe left on homes they do not like and if they swipe right, they can leave their availability with the homeowner for a viewing or instant reservation.

Polygon’s housemate-finder algorithm pairs students based on their domestic habits and personalities to prevent this from happening, turning housemates into lifelong friends. This information is also available to the landlord to assist them in their due-diligence process.

The app offers free listings to landlords, letting agents and purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA). They only pay when the student signs their tenancy agreement.

Polygon only lets regulated landlords and letting agents list their properties on their platform.

Polygon’s CEO TK Gondo said: “The idea for Polygon came from a bad experience I had in my second year of university. My housemates and I were completely incompatible which lead to many arguments, petty disputes and me eventually leaving the house and ultimately dropping out of university.

“The fallout was stressful and expensive for me, my housemates and the landlord who’s revenue was at risk while the situation was resolved.

“I became obsessed with finding a solution to fix the problem and technology was the answer. As the concept for Polygon started to take shape our team uncovered that no one has genuinely taken the time to make a mobile-first accommodation platform for students. 

“After being accepted into the Google cloud for startups programme we have the business and technical support to keep improving and making our students happy.

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