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Airbnb will open its own apartment block in Florida next year

Residents of ‘Niido Powered by Airbnb’ will be encouraged to rent out their home, or individual rooms, for up to 180 days per year.

Since launching in 2008, Airbnb has been used by more than 115 million travellers in almost 200 countries. But despite its global popularity among guests and hosts, it hasn’t always found favour among building owners and landlords. 

But that could be about to change with ‘Niido Powered by Airbnb’ – a 324-unit apartment building, part developed by Airbnb, that will open in Kissimmee, Florida next year. It will house permanent residents, but they’ll be encouraged to rent their apartments for up to 180 days per year.

And this process will be made as streamlined as possible. Each unit will feature keyless entry, while the building itself will come with shared common areas. Homeowners, meanwhile, will have access to an app that enables them to manage things like check-in and cleaning remotely.

Airbnb believes the initiative could help prevent tenants from spending too much of their income on rent. In the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, 53.1% of tenants’ incomes is spent on a household lease – a figure that, according to federal guidelines, shouldn’t be more than 30%.