Airbnb is staring at one of the largest lawsuits to hit their table yet. Aimco (Apartment Investment & Management Co.) – one of the largest residential landlords in the world – is blaming Airbnb for enabling tenants to illicitly sublet their apartments; and now, they’re asking a court to make them stop.
This is a testament to the issues that rowdy and disrespectful Airbnb subletters continue to cause both Airbnb and property tenants worldwide. So now, Aimco – who owns properties across the United States, Columbia, and Puerto Rico – is putting their foot down.
However, it doesn’t seem to be the subleasing that is aggravating the landlords, but rather the multiple complaints from neighboring tenants. If a loud and intrusive party was happening in the apartment next to you, wouldn’t you complain too?
So, is there a way to fix this? Is there a way tenants could prevent parties before they occur and prevent the irritation caused to neighbors and landlords?
Well, there just might be!
Party Squasher, a device that can detect the number of people in a vicinity, might just be the answer property tenants are looking for. This compact piece of technology counts the number of mobile devices within a detection range (which can be customized depending on the size of the space), translating this data into a human activity level. More devices means more people! It’s best suited for detached homes (where walls aren’t shared between units).
It monitors a venue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and all you need to do is plug the little black box into a router and set your max device count. Most people set their max as twice the number of expected guests, in case guests have multiple devices (like a laptop and a phone). The rest is easy. You can monitor activity levels on your app to see if the number climbs precariously a Saturday night.
Party Squasher will alert you when that set number of people has been exceeded via the mobile app. The app also lets you monitor data in real time, set or change your detection range, and adjust your alert preferences.
That means peace of mind for property owners and no more discomfort for their neighbors. Airbnb hosts can now be one step ahead of the game!
So maybe the answer isn’t to blame Airbnb, it’s to ensure that your guests are following the rules. You know what they say: prevention is better than cure.
To help us celebrate good hosts, we’re offering $20 off any new Party Squasher purchases this month. Use code GoodHost20 to get your discount!