Survey says property owners are concerned about guest injury

A recent survey conducted in tandem by Lodgify and UK insurer, Scofield’s, asked short-term rental owners what concerns them the most about their renters. The #1 answer? Guests injuring themselves, with over half selecting that as their main concern. Next came property damage, weighing in with 44% of respondents citing this concern. Theft rounded out the top three. The good news? All of these top issues are covered with commercial [...]

By |2019-08-26T07:00:24-06:00August 26th, 2019|Property Managers|

Fredericksburg, Hill Country, Texas challenges Napa Valley and Insurance Industry

For much of the United States, The Napa Region of California is generally regarded as the wine capital of the United States, and for good reason. The area is teeming with various wineries, making it a primary destination for tourists from around the world. Naturally, there has been an influx in properties being made available for short term rentals in that region. Napa may soon be in for some serious [...]

By |2019-11-17T10:25:12-07:00August 7th, 2019|Property Managers|

An Airbnb nightmare come true: what if this were your property?

You probably would never expect this to happen to you. But a family in Calgary, Alberta, Canada found their Airbnb vacation rental property completely trashed by four houseguests who threw a drunken post-wedding bash at the home, resulting in more than $50,000 in damage. An unprecedented level of intentional damage was done to the home, as the partygoers defaced the property owner’s artwork, blocked up plumbing and destroyed furniture. As [...]

By |2019-08-27T13:55:15-06:00August 5th, 2019|Property Managers|

Coffee makers can help your guests feel at home

Part of providing an excellent guest experience when renting your home to vacationers are the simple hospitality items that you’d find in a normal hotel room. For instance, fresh linens, small toiletry items, a small supply of paper products, etc. are common items vacation renters expect to find in their dwelling. Another such item is a coffee maker – 64% of Americans enjoy a cup of coffee daily, and that [...]

By |2019-08-27T13:55:15-06:00July 22nd, 2019|Home Sharing, Property Managers|

Is your vacation rental up-to-date with security technology?

As a vacation rental owner, you want to create the best overall experience for your guests. If you have invested in improvements to your property to make it more appealing to potential renters, surely technology was something you have contemplated. Specifically, technology around the security of your home. Which technologies are must-haves for rental properties? Smart locks are quickly becoming standard practice Providing keyless entry is a convenience many short-term [...]

By |2019-08-27T13:55:16-06:00April 29th, 2019|Property Managers|

Establish Ground Rules with Overly Demanding Guests

Has this happened to you? You have guests staying in your short-term rental property. They call you on the first day with a simple request. Then they call you a second time. Then a third. The requests may or may not be reasonable, but they expect you to meet their demands. Where do you draw the line? Or, perhaps your guests leave the home in terrible condition, cause damage, don’t [...]

By |2019-08-27T13:55:16-06:00April 15th, 2019|Home Sharing, Property Managers|

San Antonio Joins Other Cities in Regulating Short-Term Rentals

In early October, the city of San Antonio elected to regulate their burgeoning short-term rental market as a means to address concerns expressed by various parties. The proposed regulations would require that the rental operators pay a registration fee to the city, as well as pay a lodging tax similar to what a hotel operation would be subjected to. This seems to fall in line with measures taken by other [...]

By |2019-09-04T19:58:25-06:00March 4th, 2019|Property Managers, Regulations|

Hiring the Right Property Manager & Protecting Your Vacation Rental

As a vacation rental homeowner utilizing their property as a short-term rental, the safety and security of your home are of the utmost importance. Two of the ways you can protect your investment are purchasing the correct vacation rental home insurance and hiring the right property manager. The two of these go hand in hand – the better your property manager is and the more they care for your home [...]

By |2019-08-27T13:55:32-06:00December 19th, 2018|Property Managers|

Short Term Rentals in PA May Require Registration

Legislation requiring registration for short-term rentals in Pennsylvania recently moved forward after House representatives approved of the bill. The law, which was passed heavily in favor of, requires property owners who use Airbnb, FlipKey, and other rentals to register with the state and disclose their identity. Officials say the primary purpose of the law is to ensure taxes are being paid. Opponents of the law claim it is too strict [...]

By |2019-09-04T20:24:04-06:00October 29th, 2018|Property Managers, Regulations|

The Big Three, understanding the short term vacation rental market

When you set out to insure your short term vacation rental, you have a few options. You can insure the property as with a standard home owners policy (which is probably what you currently have), a Landlord policy (built for long-term rentals), or a commercial business policy (like a coffee shop or yoga studio would carry) Lets dive in and take a look at the how these different types of [...]

By |2019-09-04T20:25:33-06:00October 1st, 2018|Home Sharing, Property Managers|