Friday, 8 April 2016
Wednesday, 30 March 2016
Use your flat to make money when going abroad
Whether you’re looking to go abroad for a summer internship, work experience or a job as a young professional, you can easily make a decent amount of money renting out your flat for the time you’re away. Since FlatClub specialises in medium-term stays, it is easy for you to find a reliable guest that will stay for the entire time you are away. On average, our hosts make about £1500 per booking!
While you’re away, your room is waiting empty - and you’ll probably still have to pay rent for it if you don’t want to start looking anew when coming back. Unfortunately, a lot of interns and young professionals are faced with this dilemma: either continue to pay rent for their flat or room or move out and lose what has likely become their home and find a new place when they move back.
With FlatClub, you don’t need to do either. While you’re away, your room will still be in good use; you can find someone who needs accommodation in your city on FlatClub using our LiveDemand feature. On LiveDemand, you see who is looking for accommodation on FlatClub live - it’s sort of a reverse search engine for our hosts.
You can also simply post your listing on FlatClub and let us do the searching for you. We have years of experience of matching the perfect guest to a host and are always happy to help out. Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or head to flat-club.com/hosts.
What you should do to prepare
We also offer services that will make it easier for you to rent out your property while you’re away. At a bare minimum, we recommend you take advantage of our free photography service where applicable.
Keep in mind that if you’re a private host on our site you are eligible for our £500,000 Insurance Plan. You’re also free to make use of our ‘Clubs Only’ filtered search, which means that your flat will only be visible to the members of clubs that you have chosen. For instance, you can have your flat only visible to alma mater of your university, or former co-workers.
Thursday, 10 March 2016
We here at FlatClub are extremely proud to offer every private host an insurance up to £500,000 for each booking they accept.
How to opt-in?
Since the 1st of March, for every booking you accept, you receive an email which includes an explanation of the host insurance and a button for you to opt-in. All you need to do is click on the button and the booking you accepted is insured up to £500,000 - for the entire stay of your guest.
What is covered?
We already put together a list of inventory items that are automatically covered which we send to you the first time you receive a booking. You are free to amend that list with all the items you would like to include simply by replying to the email.
And the best part?
The FlatClub Host Insurance is 100% free.
Who provides the insurance?
FlatClub partnered with Lloyds of London to deliver the highest quality of insurance on the market. If anything happens, you can rest easy and know you have the best provider in the industry working for you.
Where can I find more information?For more information, just head over to our FlatClub Host Insurance page and don’t forget to have a look at the Terms & Conditions you agree to when opting in.
Thursday, 28 January 2016
Starting February, 1st new legislation is coming into effect under the Immigration Act 2014 affecting everyone who is renting out accommodation. Landlords are then required to check every tenant’s “right to rent” in the United Kingdom.
What do I have to do as a landlord or host?
You need to check that every one of your tenant’s has the legal right to rent and live in the United Kingdom within the first 28 days of their tenancy. The legislation only affects new tenancy agreements which means that any tenants already living in your property will not be affected.
Can FlatClub do this for me?
Unfortunately, we cannot do this in your place. You are required to check the documents yourself in attendance of the tenant and copy relevant papers.
How do I check someone's right to rent?
Of course, the most likely document you will ask for is someone's passport. A passport from an EU country for example is proof enough. For other passports, a valid visa is required. The Home Office has released a list of valid documents on their website.
What happens if I don’t check a tenant’s right to rent?
In the very unlikely event that an illegal immigrant is found in any of your properties, you could be fined a civil penalty of up to £3,000. The penalty for not checking a tenant’s status is £1,000 for first-time offenders and up to £3,000 for subsequent offences.
What about holiday and short-term lets?
If the landlord concludes that the rental is on a holiday basis then it is not necessary to check the tenant's right to rent. As a general guide, the UK Home Office says anything below three months may be considered as holiday lets and are exempt.
For further information, check the Home Office's guide online and the press release.
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
Another year, another successful TechCrunch Disrupt! Entrepreneurs, startups and those looking to invest in the next Uber, Airbnb and Facebook all gathered in the Copper Box Arena in London’s Olympic Park to listen, pitch and connect. We had an absolute blast getting to know some of our fellow startups and inform others about what we do. Here are just some of our highlights:
- our collaboration with TechCrunch was met with an overwhelming response! So many were interested in hosting Battlefield participants and we were happy to give them a ticket to Disrupt for free in return
- we chatted with loads of people from all over the world and all niches of sectors to find out about their companies and tell them more about FlatClub. Entrepreneurs love to connect, to collaborate, to come together to create something even better, to open their ideas for the benefits of their customers. It was inspiring to see and listen to many great collaboration ideas and we’re excited to see what comes of out them in the coming months!
- our fellow Techhubbers Jukedeck made it to the final round at Battlefield! We watched their incredible pitch with delight and couldn’t be happier for them. Working next to these amazing guys is simply a pleasure!
- the Battlefield competitors were insanely creative this year. From deliveries in African cities within three hours to managing relationships between creative freelancers, vendors and contractors and of course creating custom, royalty-free music for videos and other uses from the guys and gals working next to us at Jukedeck
- our FlatClub stall was a huge success! We’ve had hundreds of people visiting us, asking questions, looking to collaborate, to invest or to simply find out why they should stay with us next time they’re moving abroad temporarily. The response was overwhelming and we were happy to share our ideas (and our vouchers) with everyone who was interested
We cannot wait for next year’s TechCrunch Disrupt and are excited to see new startups, new ideas and make new connections to improve everyone’s experience.
Thursday, 19 November 2015
Dublin’s Web Summit was booming this year. Entrepreneurs from all around the world gathered to share their ideas, pitch to investors, and learn from some of the most prominent leaders in the tech world.
We were able to get an inside view of the bustling event from some of our employees who attended the conference. Here’s what they had to say:
- Peer to peer platforms are the next big thing: Apps and online tools are more widely available and capable of creating change than ever. There were a ton of companies at this year’s Web Summit who were offering customers the ability to bypass the middleman in various industries through the use of apps and platforms.
- Virtual reality is kicking off: Oculus Rift, Samsung, and Google are just a few of the tech giants implementing virtual reality. It is safe to say that at this point, virtual reality is much more than just a concept. From virtual book readings, to video games, to 3D virtual home tours, VR is penetrating nearly every market and will surely be an integral part of the world in the next few years.
- Entrepreneurs love to collaborate: It was very inspiring, and a bit overwhelming, to see the amount of networking happening. Though most companies were aiming to pitch their ideas to investors, hoping to make it big, they were more than open to pitching to onlookers and fellow tech geeks. Collaboration is the key to success, as no one can turn their big idea into a reality on their own.
- Social media is penetrating every market: Of course, as we have seen in the past few years, social media is huge. But Web Summit has shown us that it is not nearly done growing. Key-note speakers from Facebook, SnapChat, and Pinterest all expressed their high hopes of growth and expectations of entering markets in developing economies within the next 5 to 10 years.