Drones: A Controversial Eye in the Sky for Corporate Housing Property Managers

This article was contributed by analyst Ashley Halligan for the CHBO blog. The information and opinions expressed are those of Ms. Halligan.
An act was passed in February that’s ultimately going to open new doors of opportunity for real estate and property management officials. The Federal Aviation Administration Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act requires that the FAA “accept and support” drones – or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – in United States airways.

While awaiting the new stipulations to be defined and take effect (by September 2015), many industries are taking a look at how UAVs can support their business ventures.

Professionals in both property management and real estate businesses have determined several ways drones could be of use. For example:

  • Satellite imagery and data collection
  • Aerial photography, without the expense of manned aircraft
  • Property surveillance and maintenance oversight
corporate housing property management with drones - Ariel photos
Drones can help take ariel photos of properties, assisting with property marketing and management.

There are, however, concerns surrounding laws allowing UAVs in our airspace. Property owners and tenants, for instance, have expressed concerns about privacy violation.

There are slews of opinions on both sides of the drone controversy. Until new laws are defined and released, the future of UAVs is still a bit blurry. What’s your opinion as a real estate and corporate housing professional?

To read the original article and see what interviewed experts suggest for the future of drones, visit the Software Advice blog. You can connect with Ashley via LinkedIn or email her: ashley@softwareadvice.com.

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