Why we screen potential host properties

Some of the listing applications I receive look AMAZING on the face of it- insanely good location, stunning views, sought-after locale…

It would be all too easy to get overwhelmed by the incredible views and miss little details.

Details like- the host is being super cagey when I ask about their neighbours. Or the photo provided is so cropped you can’t tell the property is in a really built up area. Or the property looks lovely but they’re asking $300 a week- and you can rent a 5star apartment in that same area for less.

These are all real examples of listings submitted to us that I’ve politely declined.

You see, the internet is a wonderful thing.

Google Earth can show me exactly what you’re trying to hide (like the piggery literally across the road). And can show me comparable sales and local rentals, so I know full well the $300 a week you’re asking for that tiny vacant block in the dead rural town is a massive rip-off.

While the VAST majority of land owners who apply to host through us are genuinely amazing, good hearted people- there are those who try to take advantage.

There are plenty of people land-banking or sitting on vacant lots while they wait to sell up or maybe start building a house. Some of these people see us online and think listing with us is a cash cow and an easy way to take advantage of those “desperate” Tiny House people.

Know this- we undertake a risk assessment on every property submitted to us.

We are not desperate. We will politely decline unsuitable properties.

We owe it to our members and the movement as a whole to protect those courageous enough to embark on this lifestyle (badasses )

This is another reason we will never be open source.

No matter which side of the landlord/tenant agreement you’re on, no-one deserves to be taken advantage of, and I will continue to be the Mumma Bear and do everything in my power to prevent this


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