What I've realised this week...

Updated: Apr 21

This week’s government announcement got me thinking about blame culture. Whilst I appreciate there is a definite need to overhaul the social housing sector, as those working in the sector are all too aware and media coverage continues to highlight, many tenants live in appalling conditions. However is naming and shaming failing landlords the answer? No doubt it will create a certain amount of reactive responses, but is it really the right way to push a struggling sector to make systemic changes to the fabric of their existence?

The irony isn't lost on us that our tech. start up is offering social housing a solution when our way of working is so far removed from the sector we are actually addressing. As a start up we're a young organisation, we're dynamic and agile and can head off collisions by changing our course in an instant, being proactive rather than reactive. Housing associations with their legacy stock are struggling to keep up with an ever evolving landscape, funding cuts, legislative paralysis and ever increasing wait lists. Making radical changes in the sector is likened to changing the course of an oil tanker. Whilst I certainly don't condone the appalling conditions social tenants have to endure I do empathise somewhat with the sector that has been battling against government austerity and

u-turns on policies whilst stock continues to age and decay, and sector innovation, although talked about at length, appears to continue to lag behind other sectors. But surely now, as accountability and transparency are heralded as the future, it's time for registered social landlords to raise their head above the parapet and employ a completely fresh approach to managing their failing stock? The current systems are no longer fit for purpose and systemic change is vital if the sector is to survive the collisions heading their way from every angle. Bimdl doesn’t claim to have all the answers but we have built a technology stack with a very clear vision in mind, to future proof the management of stock and address the environmental, social and economic concerns of the sector. Lack of trust in data has led to inertia and a system that feels like it is too big to recover. Inaccurate data has led to compromised decision making and HA’s now need to look to a more agile way to recover. Even if the funds are there, it's no longer an option to plough money into poor performing asset management systems with bolt on remedies or expensive bespoke solutions - you wouldn’t put a plaster on a gaping wound so why are we

viewing the housing sector emergency as any different? Bimdl’s SaaS solution addresses the challenges faced at a sensible price point - a flat rate of £0.20 per property per month, landlords can then include components within their properties on the ledger for an additional £0.10 per component per property per month. We’ve already done a lot of the groundwork, we have profiled 1600 social housing landlords and have 372 million data points relating to social housing.

By joining our 3 month rapid transformation programme registered social landlords can stress test our platform to evidence the clear benefits of collating intelligence in bimdl’s system. For £0.60p per property for a 3 month period. We have built a robust technology stack but now invite the sector professionals to come in and use it, be proactive with us to develop a system that addresses your core requirements to meet legislative and tenant needs. I’ve realised this week that being reactive is more stressful than being proactive. Don’t get left further behind, there are solutions out there but is your organisation innovative enough to put them to the test? What starts as a data gap today soon becomes a property blackspot tomorrow. Want to learn more about our product? Book a demo and see how we’re changing the way data is collated and stored.

Changing what we know so we know what to change

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