Airbnb part of Flor­ida deal

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - BUSINESS -

Airbnb and a Mi­ami de­vel­oper say they’ve qui­etly cre­ated a first-of-its-kind apart­ment com­plex in cen­tral Flor­ida de­signed to al­low ten­ants to rent out their places for up to half of any year.

De­vel­oper Har­vey Her­nan­dez wouldn’t re­veal ex­actly where the 324-unit build­ing is but said it’s in Osce­ola County and a few min­utes from the theme parks in the Kis­sim­mee area, south of Or­lando. He said he ex­pects it to open early next year.

Osce­ola of­fi­cials said they didn’t know about the project, called “Ni­ido Pow­ered by Airbnb.”

“Ni­ido is a com­mu­nity where we em­brace home shar­ing for the ben­e­fit of our ten­ants,” said Her­nadez, CEO of New­gard De­vel­op­ment.

He said Ni­ido would al­low renters to leases their units on Airbnb for up to 180 days per year. Any money earned would be shared between the renter and Ni­ido, said Jaja Jack­son of Airbnb.

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