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New service allows ‘landlords to cash in until they find the perfect tenant’

A London-based sales and letting agent has launched an Airbnb interior styling service that it hopes will enable more buy-to-let landlords to reduce void rental periods and ‘cash in until they find the perfect tenant’.

Portico Host has launched an Airbnb interior styling service, as part of their premium Airbnb management package, to act as a ‘stop gap’ to ensure that properties are rarely vacant in-between secure long-term tenancies by tailoring them so that they are suited for increasingly popular holiday letting sites, such as Airbnb.  

Portico Host employs top interior stylists to kit out properties with furniture and soft furnishings to really maximise their appeal to potential Airbnb guests.

The stylists work to the client’s budget and taste, putting together a proposal before any work is started.

As part of the Airbnb Management package, Portico Host will also look after the entire Airbnb management process, from setting up the property listing, organising professional cleaning and hotel quality linens, arranging 24hr check-in, handling guest bookings and communication, and dealing with all property maintenance.

The Airbnb management package ranges from 15% to 20% + VAT.

Portico Hub’s marketing director, Fiona Patterson, said: “If you have a vacant property, you’re a landlord and find yourself with a gap between tenancies, or you’re away a lot and your home is often unoccupied, listing your property on Airbnb can be a great money maker - and now, our new Airbnb management service, Portico Host, can help make the process simple and successful.

“A well styled or staged property is key to increasing occupancy rates, guest ratings and the amount you can charge.

 “Better still, the service almost always pays for itself, as our statistics show that staged properties sell for 8% more than empty or un-staged properties.”

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