The Rent Boys
Many of us are happy to travel and use an Airbnb apartment, but the idea of renting out your own flat short-term can feel like a whole load of effort. A new service just launched in six cities across the world, GuestReady, aims to take the pain out of listing your place on Airbnb.
The come over, assess how much you can make, take professional shots of your place and then throw your flat listing up for you. All you have to do is stay out of the way.
Right now there are a couple of pricing options: Either they take 12 percent of what you make on Airbnb, or they provide you with a guaranteed monthly income, depending on your property. That strikes me as a pretty interesting proposition.
What’s the long-term objective for GuestReady? “We want more Hong Kong people to engage with the sharing economy,” says Lou Chan, Hong Kong managing director of GuestReady. By making it simple to rent your place out, he says, everyone stands to make money. It’s the Hong Kong way, isn’t it? Nevertheless, I’m leaving my tiny alcove in Sai Ying Pun off the market. As they say, “this flat ain’t big enough for the two of us…” guestready.com