Rent Responsibly announces growth and Futurestay partnership

US: Short-term rental advocacy organisation Rent Responsibly has announced growth into two new markets of Summit County, Colorado, and Scottsdale, Arizona, and a new partnership with operations platform Futurestay.

Rent Responsibly provides alliance management services and support to local short-term rental alliances and associations. Together with its partners, the organisation empowers local leaders to build self-sustaining organisations that grow the professionalism of their hosts, engage with the local community, advocate for themselves at city hall, connect with local businesses, and more.

David Krauss, co-founder and CEO of Rent Responsibly, said: “The desire of hosting communities and small business stakeholders to come together in every city and town is greater now than ever, and the value that local alliances create for their communities is incredible. We make it easier for local leaders to lead and our platform makes community-building simple, efficient and sustainable.

“So, it brings us immense excitement to support the local leaders in Summit County and Scottsdale who are focused on building long-lasting, solutions-focused organisations,” he added.

The newest alliance to join Rent Responsibly’s platform is the Summit Alliance of Vacation Rental Managers [SAVRM] in Summit County, Colorado. The county is home to some of Colorado’s most popular destinations, including Breckenridge.

Toby Babich, founder of SAVRM, president of the Vacation Rental Management Association [VRMA], and owner of Breckenridge Resort Managers, said: “By joining forces with Rent Responsibly, our organisation is able to accelerate and enhance our advocacy efforts and achieve better results for our members. Our ultimate goal is to safeguard our local industry and continue to serve our community by educating, advocating, and providing solutions to our collective issues, and Rent Responsibly will make it much easier for us to do that.”

In Arizona, Rent Responsibly is expanding its support to the newly formed Scottsdale Short-Term Rental Alliance [SSTRA]

John Hildebrand, SSTRA board member and owner of Hilde Homes, said: “Scottsdale is long overdue for an organised host group to show the city that the vast majority of hosts and managers are responsible operators who bring value to our community, and I am honoured to be a part of SSTRA. Working with Rent Responsibly is a powerful opportunity to lead a positive, productive conversation about short-term rentals not just in Scottsdale but across Arizona.”

Rent Responsibly’s platform is in part supported by industry partnerships.

Krauss said: “At our core, we bring together industry leaders and experts to help educate the short-term rental community, and Futurestay is the ideal partner. When we all row in the same direction, we can build solutions faster and for more communities.

“These partnerships are a win-win-win,” he added.

Launched in 2015, Futurestay is an operating system for short-term rentals, empowering thousands of small property management businesses in over 120 countries to thrive in the complex hospitality industry. Futurestay OS™ gives independent managers a roadmap for success, automating distribution on leading channels, growing direct bookings and optimising revenues.

Winner of numerous innovation awards, Futurestay is on an “industry-changing mission to bring a simple, seamless operating system to every independent short-term rental manager”.

Futurestay CEO Philip Kennard said: “Ensuring the short-term rental industry advances together after a year like 2020 is extremely important. Futurestay is honoured to partner with Rent Responsibly to enable short-term rentals owners to build their own businesses and help the industry face these challenges.

“Our teams live and breathe the short-term rental industry and are passionate about creating a bright future for it together,” he added.

Futurestay joins five other founding partners – Vrbo, Breezeway, Key Data Dashboard, NoiseAware and Proper Insurance – each chosen for “exemplary” championing of the short-term rental industry through responsible renting standards, professionalisation, advocacy and community building. Through the partnerships with Futurestay and these other companies, Rent Responsibly says it can further support sustainable short-term rental alliances and strong leadership boards in 2021 and beyond.

Co-founded in 2019 by David Krauss and Alexa Nota, Rent Responsibly is a community building and education platform for local short-term rental alliances. Its tools and alliance management services are designed to support local leaders in building successful, self-sustaining organisations of short-term rental hosts, managers and all other stakeholders.