The Rent Boys

HK Magazine - - GADGETS -

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…”

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