Sweden's news in English

Editions:  Europe · Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Software robot pinches Swedish flats in seconds

Share this article

Software robot pinches Swedish flats in seconds
Swedish apartments. File: The Local
08:49 CEST+02:00
A Swedish landlord suspects that a property fixer has set up a software robot to sign up for new flats on the market within seconds, and is charging house hunters to use the service.

"It's been practically impossible to get an apartment unless you've paid for this service and that's not OK," property company Gavlegårdarna spokesman Johan Stark told Sveriges Radio (SR).

When the company recently listed several apartments in eastern Sweden for rent online, the flats disappeared off the list within minutes. Suspecting foul play, Gavlegårdarna looked into the matter, only to find that another computer had been set up to monitor the listings site and nab flats as soon as they appeared online.

The company said that it suspected one person was behind the software, collecting a fee of up toward 3,000 kronor ($460) to get apartments for clients.

Gavlegårdarna has now improved its website security. 

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

New Malmö museum will focus on ‘democracy and migration'

Change starts with one small step, whether it be a large or small scale project, it all requires movement. It's a logic that can be applied to starting a new national museum from scratch, especially one with an innovative theme that is going to take several years to come to fruition.