3 Ways Landlords Can Make Renters Feel at Home in Corporate Housing

For many renters, moving across the country or around the world for a new job is an intimidating life change. Corporate housing is undoubtedly a huge help during this transitional period, allowing people to focus on settling into their new environments. With that said, landlords can significantly impact how at home tenants feel in their temporary homes, making them more likely to stay on as long-term residents. Consider these small additions to a corporate housing apartment that will guarantee a more welcoming, comforting home for new tenants.

Homey Furnishings

Most renters will agree the convenience of having a furnished rental to move into is immense during a major move. (It sure beats having to inflate an air mattress or use boxes as make-shift tables.) While corporate housing landlords will provide larger furniture items in their units, they may overlook small (often inexpensive) items that can truly transform a rental into a home. Diana Kovacs, a travel nurse who has lived in several corporate housing rentals in the last few years emphasizes that day-to-day items can make all the difference.

“I’ve lived in corporate housing that included everything — linens, dishes, even a laundry basket!”

Some additional items to consider providing for your tenants include:

  • Teapot or French press
  • Throw blanket for the sofa
  • Easy-to-maintain houseplants
  • Empty photo frames
  • Fridge magnets
  • Hangers, closet organizers

Wellness experts also highly recommend items like blackout curtains and white noise machines for renters who may be sensitive to light and city noise. Help them sleep better, and they’ll no doubt feel more at home!


Though it’s usually rare for corporate housing renters to share space, it’s an option landlords can consider proposing. Not everyone will have a preference for it, but for those new to a city, shared housing is an excellent way to expand their networks.

“Living alone was great when I moved to San Francisco from New York City, but I wouldn’t have minded sharing my temporary apartment with someone else who was in the same boat,” says strategic planning manager Tushar Karkhanis.

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The key here is to gauge interest from your tenants and then use a service that emphasizes helping renters find housemates whose lifestyle habits and personality traits match or complement theirs.

For willing tenants, landlords can feel great knowing they’re playing a role in helping tenants adjust to their new environments as well as be smart about their supply. Shared housing provides landlords another way to capitalize on their investments by renting to more tenants.

Personal Touches

Lastly, the key difference in a regular corporate housing rental and a home is the personal touch. All the amenities in the world are great, but a welcoming gesture is the icing on the cake. Often, it’s the only thing missing from an otherwise excellent rental. Without anything to set it apart from traditional lodgings, landlords miss the opportunity to leave a lasting impression with a potential future customer.

“Some of the perks included parking, furnishings, in-unit laundry, and close access to public transportation and the freeway, but the apartment felt a bit-hotel like,” says San Francisco-based marketer Thomas Keyack of his corporate housing rental.

An easy solution can include a handwritten note with a welcome basket filled with small household essentials, like the ones mentioned above. The extra cost is inconsequential compared to the value. It is also gestures like these that encourage renters to provide feedback to their company’s relocation managers, which in turn will drive more business for landlords.

Remember, it doesn’t take a lot to make someone feel at home, but the impression you leave will have long-lasting benefits for both you and your renters!

By: Alex Larsen, COO at Roomi

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Rental Documents for Corporate Housing… See which ones you’re missing?

After 10 years of blogging the number one blog post of all time is the rental lease used for corporate housing. So we always know this is a popular topic on our CHBO Annual Report.

Corporate Housing: Rental Documents

Having profitable real estate has a lot to do with:

  • Setting and meeting expectations with your renters and
  • Having the written documentation you need to confirm and support these transactions and expectationsCorporate Housing

Real estate laws and regulations are always changing. They’re regulated and established on a state-by-state basis, and the rules apply differently if you’re an individual managing your own property versus a real estate agent representing someone else. In addition, laws are very different for vacation rentals that are offered for leases of less than 30 days versus corporate housing property rentals of 30 days or more.

Tip! CHBO continues to develop useful documents to help you with your rental property.

What is Corporate Housing Property Management?

What is Corporate Housing Property Management?  In the CHBO Annual Report we asked property owners to tell us how they take care of their properties.

We asked respondents to tell us how they manage their rental properties. At an all-time high, 92% of respondents say they do all their property management them sManager supportelves. This number is up from the all-time low of 72% in 2013.

Previously, we had hypothesized that the decreasing trend in “do it myself” management was due to accidental landlords deciding they needed more professional support.

In our 2013 annual report, we predicted that we expected property owners in 2014 to be more willing to invest in professional support as their profits increased. We were correct as “property manager” responses were up 6% that year.

In 2015, however, the number of property owners who used a property manager reversed back to 11% — the same as in 2013. This is a new trend we’ll continue to watch. It may be the result of more professional investors entering the market who manage their own properties as full-time income opportunities.

In 2015, the biggest increase in additional support was from “friends and family” — jumping up to 8% (after only 1% in 2014). This number has bounced up and down over the last few years.

No additional trends emerged in the “other” category.

Property Management Software

Software supportProperty owners frequently ask the CHBO team about tools that can help with property management.

With that in mind, we added a few more questions to the