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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 realestate.com.au 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

xBry

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