If you’ve ever tried renting out a home, you can probably sympathize with property managers who say that finding new tenants can be a real headache.
Getting new tenants in is a time consuming process, and involves answering queries from prospects, coordinating appointments to show them the property, and actually going to the property itself to show them around. And then there’s all the prospects who cancel at the last minute!
Luckily for landlords, a new startup called Keybot is hoping to remove most of these headaches with its new remote locking solution.
Keybot is designed to help landlords show prospective tenants around without actually needing to be there themselves. The company’s automated, self-management technology works by providing remote access to the property in question. It works by generating an access code for tenants so they can let themselves in and show themselves around the property, without the landlord needing to be present.
Keybot says that the majority of prospective tenants are generally only free on weekends or holidays. As such its system means tenants can book appointments to view properties when it fits their schedule, without disrupting the landlord’s.
It works like this: The prospective tenant simply tells the landlord when he or she will come to view the property. The landlord then provides them with a temporary access code they can use to let themselves in at the appointed time. The system also notifies the landlord once the tenant has let themselves in, and sends a further notification once they’ve left the building.
Keybot also provides a mobile app for the prospective tenants, so they can follow up by indicating if they’re interested in renting the property or not. The app also helps landlords by automating much of the lease signing process.
The system also boasts security features, such as verifying the potential renter’s identity by asking for their ID and a selfie photo to ensure it’s them who is going inside and not someone else. In addition, the one-time temporary access code is only sent when the tenant’s phone sends its GPS signal, confirming that they’re at the location of the property.
The solution also works for maintenance too. Whenever work needs to be done, landlords can provide temporary access to the workers so they can let themselves inside.
Once the tenant has moved in, all the landlord has to do is provide a permanent access code, which means they’ll never have to worry about receiving a phone call in the middle of the night from tenants saying they’ve locked themselves out.