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Check out the latest articles, opinions and research from Orchard and the Housing sector.

Using technology to help and empower vulnerable tenants
2nd Jun 2020

Using technology to help and empower vulnerable tenants

In social housing ensuring the wellbeing of all tenants is always a priority for every local authority or housing association. Now with advances in technology, it means that the...

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Orchard Round Table round-up: How Can Mobility Help Housing Associations Through Coronavirus Recovery?
1st Jun 2020

Orchard Round Table round-up: How Can Mobility Help Housing Associations Through Coronavirus Recovery?

With early tentative relaxation of some lockdown measures, and this week’s announcement that schools and some shops are expected to re-open in June, we spoke to our Orchard Round T...

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Orchard Round Table round-up: Engaging Tenants During COVID-19
26th May 2020

Orchard Round Table round-up: Engaging Tenants During COVID-19

In our latest Round Table event, participants from housing organisations across the UK talked about how the lockdown has changed the way they’re interacting with tenants. COVID-19 ...

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Housing Associations focused on software integration
26th May 2020

Housing Associations focused on software integration

In our recent 2020 Technology Survey one word kept coming up from respondents of the survey: Integration. We asked respondents what were the most important factors they consider...

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The Future of Data in Housing
22nd May 2020

The Future of Data in Housing

Guest post by Stephen Thorlby-Coy from Yorkshire Housing: Data, when put to good use, can revolutionise the way a housing association works. At Yorkshire Housing, we’re capturin...

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The Orchard UX Process
11th May 2020

The Orchard UX Process

When it comes to design at Orchard we have a fully collaborative and inclusive approach. Whether we’re improving an existing component, designing a new screen or designing a whole ...

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Using Technology to Produce Accurate Costings for Repair and Maintenance Jobs
5th May 2020

Using Technology to Produce Accurate Costings for Repair and Maintenance Jobs

Accurate costing of maintenance and repair jobs not only allows you to ensure your workforce is being compensated fairly, but also makes it possible to identify areas where costs c...

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How are Housing Organisations managing tenant relationships during COVID-19?
29th Apr 2020

How are Housing Organisations managing tenant relationships during COVID-19?

With over 6 weeks of lockdown complete and weeks more uncertainty likely to follow, housing organisations are having to reinvent the ways they manage tenant relationships to delive...

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How Technology Can Minimise the Costs Associated with Missed Repairs & Maintenance Appointments
17th Apr 2020

How Technology Can Minimise the Costs Associated with Missed Repairs & Maintenance Appointments

For housing associations and landlords, the impact of a missed maintenance appointment due to no access incidents can be huge – our customers report that each incident can cost a m...

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The Importance of Company Culture to Remote Working: Engaging Teams Both In and Out of The Office
3rd Apr 2020

The Importance of Company Culture to Remote Working: Engaging Teams Both In and Out of The Office

In the past few weeks, remote and agile working has been high on the agenda, with more and more businesses needing to have their teams working remotely to help manage the spread of...

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Creating the Orchard Product Design Guide
2nd Apr 2020

Creating the Orchard Product Design Guide

Here at Orchard, we have a vast collection of products on offer to customers across a variety of platforms and technologies. The user experience and visual look and feel of our pro...

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The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 – What Does This Mean For Social Housing?
30th Mar 2020

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 – What Does This Mean For Social Housing?

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 came into effect on 20 March 2019, and from the 20 March 2020 will apply to all periodic tenancies. While the Act doesn’t impose a...

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