KUALA LUMPUR: CTOS Data Systems Sdn Bhd, the wholly owned subsidiary of CTOS Digital Bhd, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with iBilik.com (iBilik), an online accommodation provider for room rentals and homestays.
The deal will ease the vetting process for legitimate landlords and tenants by integrating several CTOS products into the iBilik platform such as CTOS eKYC digital onboarding solution, CTOS reports and CTOS tenant screening.
This collaboration will also see iBilik contributing tenants’ payment history to CTOS to better showcase prompt payment behaviour and help minimise thin file issues. With the majority of iBilik tenants being students and young renters, the positive rent payment records will help them build credit history to get access to credit facilities.
“Initiating change through big data and digital solutions is the mantra of CTOS Digital,” said CTOS Digital group chief executive officer Erick Hamburger. “This partnership provides much-needed extra security for tenants and landlords alike. From a greater perspective, this
also allows consumers a new route to building a credit profile, which will reduce the number of Malaysians who struggle to obtain credit from financial institutions due to a lack of credit history. At CTOS, we are always finding new ways to demonstrate responsible financial behaviour so that lenders can confidently extend credit to more consumers.”
The pandemic, as well as the mass digitalisation of the economy in the last few years, has led to the majority of house-hunting being carried out online, which causes new issues to arise.
Recent news reports have shown that scams involving illegitimate properties for rent are on the rise. Malaysia has notably had issues with landlords reticent to let out their properties for fear of non-payment or damage by rogue tenants.
The integration of CTOS eKYC will allay these fears, as both tenants and landlords will have the certainty that the person that they are dealing with has been verified as legitimate, while CTOS credit reports will allow landlords to vet prospective tenants and their ability to maintain rental payments.
iBilik chief executive officer Lee Seng Hee concurred. "To be the preferred choice for customers, we are constantly innovating to redefine standards within the industry.
"By ensuring the rental process is quick, easy and safe through the inclusion of CTOS services, we can look forward not only to serving current landlords and tenants but also those who previously felt reluctant to rent in view of the associated risks. With this collaboration, our IoT-enabled end-to-end rental management system has now become even more seamless,” he said.
Also at the signing ceremony were iBilik chief strategy officer Eason Tee and CTOS Data Systems Tracy Gan.
To learn more about credit health, or to sign up for the CTOS self-check service, go to https://www.ctoscredit.com.my.