A startup called “Uber for Renters” has a plan to help people who are looking to rent an apartment, but they’re not sure where to begin.
The startup’s website says it will make it easy to find a place for rent in a “safe, affordable neighborhood.”
While it is a little vague about how this might work, one thing is clear: it’s designed to make renting an empty apartment easy.
If you don’t want to pay the $10,000-per-month rent, “you can just pay an extra $5,000 for the privilege,” founder and CEO Scott Lively told The Verge.
It’s the kind of idea that makes Airbnb seem like a joke.
Uber for Rentals launched in January with plans to help low-income renters afford a one-bedroom apartment.
But Lively said the startup was quickly overwhelmed with requests from renters.
“A lot of people were asking for apartments and we were like, ‘No, we’re not looking for apartments, we don’t need apartments,'” he said.
“The reason why people are asking us for apartments is that they don’t have an apartment.
We have apartments that are vacant.”
Lively explained that while the company’s primary goal is to help renters, it’s also designed to help landlords and property managers.
“We want to make the landlord or the property manager more comfortable with having an apartment,” he said, noting that he is in negotiations with both landlords and properties.
“I would say we’re looking for renters who are in the market for a home, who are not looking to buy and are looking for a place to live.”
Live said he is looking for people who would like to rent but are not sure what the rental market is like right now.
He said that the site is only accessible to people who have lived in Austin, Texas for at least three years.
“People are looking at Austin as a hotbed of rent growth,” he told The Washington Post.
“They’re looking at the growth in rents that are increasing, they’re looking back at the last time we were growing rents, and we are seeing a significant decrease in the rental supply.”
Airbnb has been a big growth driver for the San Francisco-based company.
The company has more than 40 million registered users in over 50 countries.
Lively noted that in order to offer a service to a large portion of people, it had to come up with a system to track their movements.
“There are some really good metrics we’re using to track people,” he explained.
“You can see their movement over time, you can see when they’re in their home, you know when they move, and so on.”
In Austin, it is unclear what the future of Uber for Rental will look like, but Lively’s company hopes to expand beyond Austin.
“If we could reach a large enough community and we could connect more people, we would like Uber for rentals to be an international platform,” he added.
The future of Airbnb and other popular online rental services, including Airbnb, is unclear.
Airbnb recently announced plans to make it easier for users to rent out their apartments.
“Airbnb has launched a new platform that will give anyone who has an apartment or is looking to move into a home a way to rent from anyone in the U.S. without the need to live in a rental home,” the company said in a statement.
“For new Airbnb users, our platform is an easy way to find available apartments.
With a single click, users will find a property in their area that matches their needs and budget, and they’ll pay a flat monthly fee of $300, and can rent for a month at a time.
The platform will be available in more than 200 cities in the coming weeks.”