Author : Mary-Anne Bowring
It's been more than 3 years since Ringley, creator of Planet Rent last won this most coveted of awards in property, but they did not stop there. A mixture of instinct and foresight led them to bring forward a game-changing homegrown Build to Rent Portal and Residents App–and they are about to release it to every landlord and every Letting Agent, everywhere FREE. Ringley Group was picked from 12 shortlisted companies last Thursday night to win in the most competitive category ‘Property Manager of the Year’.
“It is constant and extremely hard work keeping thousands of residents happy daily in the leasehold sector,” says CEO Mary-Anne Bowring. “we expect to increase this service effort 20-fold when it comes to operating blocks in the new Build to Rent sector. Not only do residents pay for and expect super-high levels of service for the rent premium they pay in bespoke high-end rental complexes, but the institutional investors are also demanding and need to ensure leakage is minimised for their yields to stack up and achieve viability.”
There’s no point pretending that if you can rent a property that makes you a build-to-rent expert, site staff are the new lettings agent, it takes modern tools to build community and the operators head office has to prove they can manage risk–all in a new transparent way. Ringley recognised this early on and developed an end-to-end app to re-craft the key parts of the lettings experience, streamlining move-in, contracts, repairs, welcome, utilities, and events processes whilst getting rid of the paper and slashing the admin time and costs which plague the industry.
Their aptly named Planet Rent app is to be made available to the wider private landlord market and all Letting Agents too. With Planet Rent the tenant fees ban problem is already solved–the app is free with contracts on a pay-as-you-go basis. Our 15-strong house IT team alone deserves this award for the relentless hours and sweat they have put into this unique offering... the Tweets, Tweets, and Linked likes (with strong praise and personal messages from competitors and clients alike) are a testament to what Ringley has achieved - a massive well-done team Ringley!
In 2017, Ringley took its BTR capability to the next level. According to the company, it is the only managing agent to bring forward a ground-breaking BTR model, building on 20 years estate management experience and culminating in its 150-page BTR Guide. Ringley's vision is to help create a new asset class, akin in community to student living, but with the brand consistency of, say, Premier Inn. Judges praised the modern approach and strong growth.
Lease Extension, FH and Right to Manage
Mary-Anne Bowring FIRPM FRICS FARLA FCABE Founder/Head of Asset Management
Strategic partnerships, holistic delivery/ opportunities, growth, value engineering, thought leadership
Ian Barber MD BTR Mobilisation & Leasing
Runs HQ & site lease-up teams. Drives rent pricing, mobilisation, marketing, happy residents!
Jon Curtis MRICS Head of Building Engineering
Chartered Building Surveyor. Lectures on EWS1 & building safety. Runs CapEx programmes.
Kate Robinson MIRPM MD Blocks/FM Management (London Region)
Master plan setup, ops and staffing and resident engagement. ISO45001 champion.
Lee Harle Partner Ringley Law
Plot conveyancing. Debt litigation. Group Company Secretary.
Anthony Kingdon MIRPM AssocRICS MD Blocks/FM Management (North Region)
Stakeholder engagement. Mixed tenure specialist. Budget management. Plant audit, PPM compliance.
Chris Georgalis MRICS Head of Commercial Valuation
Chartered Valuer. Rental valuations: retail, leisure. IRR modelling and valuations for secured lending. Compulsory purchase & rent reviews
Nichola Pughe MRICS Head of Residential Valuation
Chartered Valuer. Rental development & mixed use valuations, IRR modelling. Leasehold enfranchisement specialist
Libby Chen MSc Compliance Manager
Operational Plant & Equipment strategy PPM Compliance lead, Asset tagging Client major projects
Dipesh Parekh Director PlanetRent
Customer centric, vertically integrated PropTech/fin-tech solutions.
Leana Aristodemou MIRPM MARLA AssocRICS Strategic lead: ESG & Asset Business Plan delivery
Financial modelling, valuation analyst to support underwriting & fund reporting.
Natalie Birmingham Helpdesk Support Manager
Trainer & Helpdesk Manager: people, systems,contractors. ISO45001 supply chain accreditation.
Steve Norman Planning Director
Land due diligence (opportunities & constraints) Has contributed to a number of award winning schemes.