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Flatfair hires ex-Savills and Zoopla executives

Flatfair, a company allowing tenants to move without a deposit, has hired Mal McCallion as director of partnerships from Growtion and Simon Scott as director of corporate clients from Savills.

McCallion will be responsible for the firm’s business development and account management functions, while Scott will work on building a better product for letting agents.

Franz Doerr, founder and chief executive of flatfair, said: “I’m delighted to welcome both Simon and Mal to flatfair.

“Their decades of experience in the real estate sector will help us to both improve our existing partnerships, and to establish new and exciting business opportunities across the sector.

“flatfair are committed to revolutionising the rental experience, and these new hires form a key part of the next stage in our development.

“Mal and Simon share our vision of removing the burden of rental deposits from millions of renters across the UK and creating a fairer and more transparent system for all involved.”

McCallion has also worked at Zoopla and Primelocation, while he also spent time working with Australia’s REA Group and of the Netherlands.

At Savills McCallion was head of region for West and South West London lettings. He headed up 16 offices, and was also chair of Savills’ residential lettings operations board.

Before that he was a director at Jacksons Estate Agents for 17 years, helping the agency expand from one to 12 offices and build a portfolio of over 2,000 let and managed units before its acquisition by Dexters.

flatfair charges a one-off membership fee per tenancy, equivalent to one week’s rent (+VAT), and uses its open banking technology to enable tenants to instantly secure their home with just their debit card.

Tenants can build up a rental passport profile showcasing their track record to future landlords through flatfair membership, helping to further enhance positive behaviour on both sides.

Landlords also benefit from flatfair’s protection of up to 12-weeks’ rent, as well as fewer void periods between tenancies.