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Spike Global expands into Germany with digital solution for convenient cospaces

Leading resident engagement and property management software provider Spike Global has launched its first project in Germany, enabling residents to get the most out of renting a home through Cospaces provider POHA House.

Cospaces is a concept that offers people the option to live, work and come together under one roof; streamlining all aspects of life, celebrating spaces, experiences and connections within neighbourhoods. Residents at POHA House can choose to share as much or as little space with their neighbours as they wish, with a range of apartments on offer from Flatshare, Flatshare-ensuite, POHA Studio (or regular-sized), and Big Studio, with the added benefit that all bills are included. 

The first POHA House is directly across from Bremer Platz in the centre of the historic German city of Münster, a central area that has a young, multicultural scene. Inside, there are two sizes of studio apartments, to suit one or two people, plus community spaces, including a huge terrace for chilling, working, or exercising. The second, which will open shortly in Aachen, offers a variety of rooms and apartments, with further developments in Essen and Hamburg opening in 2024, and plans for expansion into the UK housing market.

Spike Global is delighted to have been chosen to provide its market-leading end-to-end tenancy management software solution Spike Lettings, which streamlines and simplifies the initial process of moving into a rental property, allowing prospective residents to easily find and reserve their ideal apartment online. 

Once moved in, Spike’s resident engagement portal, Spike Living, provides a user-friendly app-based interface to help residents make the most of the flexible, Cospaces lifestyle. With so many facilities available to be enjoyed, having a reliable method of booking is essential for stress-free living. The Spike Living portal, which is completely tailored to each individual building and its facilities, means that residents can check availability and book straight from their phones – whether that’s ensuring there’s a washing machine free to do their laundry, booking a desk in the shared workspace or a private meeting room, or reserving the meditation room to destress after a long day.

Cospaces have many benefits – in particular the way it provides a ready-made social life. POHA House makes use of Spike Living to ensure that everyone is instantly aware when events are planned and where they take place, booked easily with a few clicks. They are also empowered to start making their own fun – Spike Living offers a safe alternative to conventional social media, giving residents the chance to meet and get to know each other, as well as arranging their own events, with the knowledge that only their neighbours have access to the network.

Jeremy Heath-Smith, CEO of Spike Global, explains: “Loneliness can be a big problem when living in a city, but both the Cospaces concept and our Spike Living software present innovative solutions to this problem. The Cospaces model offers shared spaces and shared experiences that aim to turn strangers into friends. Spike Living makes sure that the shared aspect of that lifestyle runs smoothly, avoiding friction between residents. It also helps people to get to know the neighbourhood beyond the walls of the apartment complex, by presenting residents with special offers and incentives from local businesses. We are looking forward to working with POHA House and supporting its expansion within Germany and beyond.”

Co-Founder and CEO of POHA House, Yianni Tsitouras, selected Spike Global for its track record in bringing residents and building managers together. “There is a massive shift in what we need in housing and what our homes should look and feel like. For instance, Co-living has developed into what we know as Cospaces, where people can connect in various settings. For POHA, we cared about having a software partner that is versatile and flexible and able to cover all our needs in one, easy-to-use tool for our team and residents. In a competitive marketplace, Spike continues to do all that without failing to look exceptionally cool.”