Short-term lettings: How to maximise your property portfolio yield and reduce risk


Date: Saturday 13-04-2019
Room: 5
Time: 13:10
Duration: 60
Cost: £0.00
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The growing popularity of Airbnb and other Short-term accommodation providers

... what are the specific opportunities for property investors? 

... what are the risks and how can you be prepared to avoid them?

... how can you get the benefits and ensure you are compliant at the same time? 

This session will cover the possible opportunities and do’s and don’ts for investors who want to learn about how short lets can benefit their property portfolios, large or small.  It will cover the specific opportunities the sector can provide and how this can complement activities you already do as a property investor with a portfolio of AST's to help you maximise your yield at a time when margins are under pressure from tax changes and the market.  They will cover everything from insurance to the legal environment as well as outlining specific case studies where landlords have seen yield improvements from short-lets.  Expect a spirited debate and walk away with a better understanding of what this means for you as a property investor.

Merilee Karr, Founder of UnderTheDoormat and Chairperson for the Industry body, the Short-Term Accommodation Association is joined by a team of sector experts to discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities for landlords who want to benefit from this increasingly important sector.

Speaker Profiles

Michal Kubis

UK Operations Manager | GuestReady 

A young and dynamic individual with education and work experience from six different countries, Michal Kubis boasts a track record of strong achievement in Mathematics and Computer Science, Masters-level education and top-end work experience in commercial sector Architecture. For GuestReady Michal runs the Operations function.

A keen runner with an entrepreneurial mindset, Michal strives for excellence in each of his pursuits and is always open to new challenges and collaboration on projects of interest.

Merilee Karr

Founder & CEO | UnderTheDoormat

Merilee founded UnderTheDoormat in July 2014 after a decade-long successful career at oil and gas giant Shell. The inspiration for establishing the company came from her own travelling experiences in 70 different countries.

As the elected Chair for the newly formed industry body, STAA, she is passionate about helping professionalize and grow the industry in the most responsible way.

Note: The UK Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA) was founded in March 2017 with a clear purpose in mind: ensuring greater cooperation to tackle common industry challenges and seizing shared opportunities in this growing sector. To this end, we are seeking to work with all stakeholders towards a stable and supportive regulatory environment that promotes the UK as a global leader in the provision of short-term accommodation.

Humphrey Bowles

CEO | Guardhog

Prior to co-founding the innovative insurtech company, co-founder and Airbnb Superhost Humphrey Bowles was part of the team that grew peer-to-peer proptech platform onefinestay. Humphrey believes that home-sharing is a force for good, helps maximise property value and creates brilliant experiences for those who take part.

GUARDHOG has re-invented and re-imagined insurance designed for the peer-to-peer economy, offering flexible 24/7 usage-based cover that takes the uncertainty out of sharing. Most residential and landlord insurance policies don’t cover the commercial risks created by having super short lets. Partnered with over 350 home-sharing businesses, GUARDHOG is providing cover to thousands of hosts, and with bespoke technology that allows cover to be put in place automatically. Each time a super short let happens, customers are provided with a seamless and cost-effective solution. They're backed by some of insurance’s biggest names including RSA, Hiscox, Canopius and Munich Re.

Mark Hudson

Co Founder | Air Agents

Mark Hudson co-founded Air Agents in October 2015 - piloting the business with one property in Islington and steering the company through its rapid growth to management of over 2000 properties today.

Air Agents, are the worlds first professional co-host partner of Airbnb and B2B focussed 'Short Stays' management platform, helping a number of large corporate clients monetise void periods and generate incremental revenue in the Serviced Apartment, Estate agency and Student accommodation sectors.

As Co-founder Mark heads up the tech development, finance and legal functions. In his spare time Mark enjoys competing in triathlons, travel and drinking good wine.