"Representatives of home-sharing giant Airbnb addressed apartment experts and property managers at Optech, the annual conference held this November in San Diego by the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC).
“It’s only natural that we engage in this dialogue,” says Chris Nulty, spokesperson for Airbnb.
The apartment business, municipal officials and housing advocates are struggling to come to terms with the growing business. Some cities have considered banning home sharing. Apartment companies, meanwhile, are unsure whether companies like Airbnb represent a problem or an opportunity.
“The initial feedback we received from our members was that this was a problem… though the industry is surprisingly open to a discussion,” says Rick Haughey, vice president of industry technology initiatives for NMHC.
In fact, apartment complex landlords Equity Residential, Avalon Bay Communities and Camden Property Trust have been holding negotiations with Airbnb executives in recent weeks about an arrangement where they would allow tenants to rent out their units through the site as long as the landlords themselves got a cut of the profits."
I wonder what size that cut will be when the tennant bears all the risk, cost and work. Here in Switzerland you are expected / obliged to hand back an appartment in the state you have rented it, minus "a fair" wear and tear deduction based on rental time. And if you dont hand it back CLEAN ( which really means spotless so better SCRUB the oven and grill perfectly, as well as the outer blinds, windows, window frames) they send a professio al cleaner and charge it fully to your deposit. I warned my overseas and foreign ex-guests about it when they finally managed to find their own flat that they should take the move-in inventory/han-over protocol dead seroiusly as rental conditions are very different from their home countries. So here a landlord is covered to a very great extent for additional wear and tear already. There is a reason why they do t do it directly themselves...