Remote Security for Your Furnished Rental Home

Rental Security for Rental Home

 

Landlords lose money when their rental properties go unoccupied, but they risk losing even more if the empty property is burglarized. And tenants want to feel safe and secure in their rental homes. Modern security systems can satisfy both: They make it easy to monitor rental properties and they also have the added convenience of remote management of locks, temperature control, and much more. Here are a few basic features landlords and renters should keep in mind when choosing a system to help secure their furnished rental home.

Security Systems for furnished rental property

Virtual Tours and Your Corporate Rental

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Do you know how to properly photograph your fully furnished rentals to their best advantage? Most property owners are unfamiliar with the long list of tips and tricks that can make even a small room look amazing. While we don’t recommend that you ever try to use a bit of visual trickery to enhance the appearance of a corporate rental (as this could lead to a negative review), we strongly urge anyone with fully furnished rentals to do their best to photograph them effectively.

It is why CHBO offers clients access to professional photographers for their corporate rental listings, and why virtual tours are also strongly recommended. In fact, you can use the site as your one-stop resource for the best photos and YouTube and online videos that give website visitors a virtual tour of the entire property.

Is it worth the effort? In an article from a few years ago, we mentioned that “81% of U.S. tenants use Virtual Tours as a resource when they are considering a rental property. And that only 15% tour the property in-person.” In that same article, we went over the reasons that your property listings for fully furnished rentals shouldn’t really be considered complete without that sort of enhanced view of the property.

Online Open House

As we pointed out, not all potential renters have the ability to pay a real world visit. In fact, since you are offering a corporate rental, the renter may be hundreds or even thousands of miles away. The use of the virtual tour gives them a very realistic experience of a walk through, and allows them to get an accurate feel of the entire space.

This could be the key to having your fully furnished rentals booked more regularly than listings with only a few static, still shots. In the article on virtual tours, we explained that you could use a smartphone or video device to do your own walk through and then just use the YouTube site to create a link to your tour. You can also use dedicated apps that offer panoramic views.

virtual tour

The point here is that whether you choose the DIY options with apps or rely on the full services of a firm like CHBO, it is important to use virtual tours for any corporate rental. Give yourself a bit of an advantage, let your clients get a more accurate experience of the property, and see how just that little bit of time and effort can really pay off with more frequent rentals.

Tips for Preventing Subletting in Your corporate apartment rentals

Corporate Housing

If you follow trends in housing, you see that furnished housing rentals and corporate apartment rentals have spiked over the past few years – particularly in popular urban locations. However, they are also used for longer holiday homes, too, and so it is important that property owners know all of the different issues that can occur when offering up such housing options. One of the most difficult is the issue of subletting.

It is usually a given that furnished housing rentals are not permanent or long term. Most corporate apartment rentals are completely furnished, as are many seasonal rentals. The problems begin when the different groups or individuals who have taken the rentals find they do not need the premises for the length of the contract. Rather than pay for an empty property, they opt to secretly sublet their furnished housing rentals and corporate apartment rentals.

Typically, this goes against the terms of the lease or contract signed and is actually illegal. In fact, as one journalist explained, “unauthorized subletting could expose properties to a whole host of risks, including out-of-control parties, uninsured property damage, disorderly conduct, drug use, and other aberrations.”

Yet, monitoring for it is a timely and often impossible task. You cannot sit outside your furnished housing rentals each day to be sure only the approved renters are entering and exiting. What can you do about it? You nip it in the bud!

Corporate Housing

One company in Australia found the perfect approach to overcoming subletting of corporate apartment rentals through the use of online monitoring. After all, to rent out a property means listing it online. The firm created software and techniques that enable them to identify properties their clients indicate as already leased or rented, should they appear as “for let” or as available for rent on any of the most common sites used to list them.

In fact, many property management companies are already using similar methods to ensure that their clients’ corporate rentals are not becoming victim to subletting. If you have any properties you offer for short term rentals and as furnished rentals, it is wise to have a way to monitor for illegal subletting. You can ask your property management company about such options or you can make a point of running a search, once each week for the address, location and even photos of the property you listed. Often, this can turn up illegal subletting before it occurs and spare you the headaches of trying to evict those illegally occupying the property.