Mileage Counts When Doing Your Rental Property or Business Travel Taxes

Corporate Housing Landlords: Did you know that you can deduct mileage when traveling to and from your rental property and when doing errands in relation to your property? Business Travelers (Tenants of Corporate Housing): Same for you, you can deduct mileage when traveling for business and when driving to and from your corporate rental. Good news – for 2012, the mileage standards have increased. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2012, the IRS says the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) is 55.5 cents per mile for business miles driven. The rate for...

Do Business Travelers Primarily Use Corporate Housing?

We’re continuing our blog series to share key findings from the 2011 “By Owner” Corporate Housing Report, an annual survey sponsored by CHBO to better understand the “by owner” rental marketplace. The latest report was released in January 2012 based on 2011 trends. If you’re going to offer your property as a furnished, short-term rental (aka, a corporate rental), then you want to have good reason for doing so. One reason may be to serve the need of a target audience. In the 2011 “By Owner” Corporate Housing Annual Survey, we asked landlords what were some of the reasons...

Business Travelers Should Consider Renter’s Insurance

Recently, Corporate Housing By Owner partnered with Travel Guard and offered a webinar to provide landlords with information on renter’s insurance options for their tenants. As a business traveler, you may think insurance is just for the owners or landlords of corporate rentals (it’s not your flat screen television or expensive furniture). However, you may want to (re)consider the following: Renter’s insurance will cover your personal belongings in case of a fire, flood or any liability issues.  If the property you are renting experiences any damage from the outside elements, the owner’s insurance will cover expenses and repairs. But...

Make Business Travel Greener: Five Ways to Lighten Your Corporate Travel Carbon Footprint

Your mantra at home may be “reuse, reduce, recycle,” but when you hit the road for business travel – whether you stay in corporate housing or a hotel – do your environmentally friendly tendencies tend go out the window?  Remember, being green while traveling for work doesn’t have to be hard if you commit yourself to thinking differently. Here are five simple ways to lighten your carbon footprint when on the road for business: 1.)  Dine In – Restaurants can be wasteful, especially the fast food varieties.  With all of the paper packaging and huge portions, your contribution to...

News Alert: Corporate Business Travelers: Beware of Possible New Airline Fees

As experts in corporate housing and business travel, we wanted to inform you of new possible travel fees headed your way. Airline Credit Card Fees Airlines may start charging passengers a “credit card surcharge” for purchasing airline tickets. Typically, when tickets are purchased through travel agencies, the airlines pick-up the credit card fees. Now in Europe, Lufthansa and its group carriers have started charging their passengers a surcharge of $4.56 per transaction to recoup some of those fees. Tickets for flights departing from airports in Germany, Belgium, Finland, the United Kingdom and Switzerland will be subject to the...

Five Things Every Business Travelers Should Look for in a Corporate Rental Stay

Independently owned corporate housing options, such as the listings you will find on Corporate Housing By Owner, are as unique as the people who own and manage them.  From the basic offerings to higher end finishes to a more diverse location, with managed corporate housing you’ll find a property that is tailored made for your needs. So, what should you look for when searching for a corporate rental?  That depends on what is important to you in your stay, but here are five elements you should evaluate a property for: –       Does the property offer the lease terms and...

Why Business Travelers Should Opt for Corporate Housing Over a Hotel

You’ve been in this scenario before. You’ve just been assigned an out-of-town project for work and will have to relocate for several weeks. You need to find extended lodging – preferably something different from a stark hotel – while you’re on assignment. Instead of checking into the cheapest hotel you can find, why not choose to stay in corporate housing instead? If you are a regular business traveler, it’s important to understand that you have multiple lodging options and you don’t always have to stay in a small, impersonal hotel room. There are two key benefits to staying in...

How to Live Like a Local on Your Next Business Trip

A great way to experience a new city as a business traveler is to book accommodations in a corporate rental instead of a hotel. Why? First of all, hotels can be isolating for someone visiting a new city. A hotel feels like you’re a tourist and you’re holed up in a small hotel room alongside other transient guests. However, staying in corporate housing allows business travelers to live like the locals do. From experiencing a new residential neighborhood and meeting people who live in the area to providing access to the creature comforts of home like a full sized...

Staying Fit While Traveling for Business

Business trips can wreak havoc on your fitness and diet plans, especially if you are a frequent traveler. Even still, business travel shouldn’t be seen as an excuse to avoid hitting the gym and eating healthy. All it takes is a bit of planning. Keeping active will help keep weight gain at bay. Try seeking out local gyms and fitness facilities. Some gyms, such as 24 Hour Fitness, have locations across the country.  Walking the town or taking bike rides are great ways to get some physical activity and familiarize yourself with new surroundings. One of the biggest health...

Corporate Housing By Owner Offers ReadyDrive Program for Long-Term Car Rentals

Corporate Housing By Owner has an amazing opportunity for landlords to offer their tenants. CHBO now provides access to the ReadyDrive program, saving corporate clients up to 50% on long-term car rentals (30 days or more). The savings from this long-term rental solution cannot be beat. Here is how the ReadyDrive program can save your tenant money: – Save on rental rates – up to 50% over the best corporate rates – Save on the insurance coverage. – Save on peak season rate hikes. ReadyDrive’s flat base rates are the same low price anytime and anywhere in the U.S....