Airbnb may have figured out a way to get around the problem of landlords not allowing tenants to list their homes on the social-sharing site: collaborate on building the apartment building.
Bloomberg reports that the company is working with Miami-based developer Newgard Development Group on a plan to build a 324-unit apartment building that features hotel-style amenities and whose tenants would be encouraged to sublet their units.
The building, to be located in Kissimmee, Florida, will feature keyless-entry apartments, concierge service, luggage storage, and housekeeping on demand. Owners would be permitted to sublet for up to 180 days per year.
“We’re trying to make sure that home-sharing is not done in the shadows,” said JaJa Jackson, a global partnerships director at Airbnb. “This partnership shows how landlords, developers and Airbnb can work together.”
Airbnb has been working on converting property managers from opponents to allies in other ways, too. For example, landlords who give Airbnb exclusive rights to sublets apartments in buildings they own or manage can get up to 15 per cent of the fees earned by renters.