Startup PDX Challenge winner NoAppFee.com launches new service
Contact: Shawn Uhlman, PDC, 503-823-7994
May 26, 2015
PDC’s Katherine Krajnak and NoAppFee.com Founder/CEO Tyrone Poole
NoAppFee, a winner of the Portland Development Commission’s2014 Startup PDX Challengefor diverse entrepreneurs, has launched an online property registry designed to streamline the rental process and make a difference in the community.
The launch event, titled, “Renting in the 21st Century,” took place Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Oregon Public House, 700 N.E. Dekum Street in Portland, Oregon, hosted by NoAppFee.com founder and CEO Tyrone Poole with Mayor Charlie Hales as a special guest.
NoAppFe is a national property registry which stores property listings with their unique screening criteria. The platform matches residents and landlords by pure data, reducing the risk of a resident being denied, eliminating multiple application fees, and saving the renter from the cumbersome task of driving from property to property before finding a place to live.
The “Renting in the 21st Century” event rolled out the customer-focused application of the NoAppFee platform. Computer workstations were available to demonstrate how the application works, and prospective clients in attendance could sign up for the program in real time.
Mayor Hales said, “No App Fee, Inc. is an organization that recognizes the importance of equal access to housing. I’m inspired by this company and its collaborative efforts to address one of the city’s most important issues: fair housing.”
Company founder and CEO Tyrone Poole said, “While the service will benefit the general public, it will also empower and assist some of Portland’s most vulnerable low-income and homeless people to find housing with less effort and at a lower cost.”
The company has plans to place NoAppFee workstations at housing programs throughout the city, with help from public and private partners. Locations thus far include the Goose Hollow Family Shelter in northwest Portland (sponsored by PDC), and The Gateway Center in east Portland (sponsored by Albina Community Bank). Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s office will also sponsor a location to be determined.
Saltzman said, “As the housing commissioner, I consider NoAppFee.com a potentially invaluable tool for Portland residents. I’m proud that the city is actively supporting this smart new program.”
NoAppFe has contracts with more than a dozen property management companies, with between 5,000 and 10,000 units listed in the registry to date.