The past few months have seen an upsurge in VC firms investing in the vacation rental industry. Next to innovative software companies, property management start-ups have started turning investor heads, too. As the competition heightens, vacation rental managers must secure the proper funds to get ahead of the game, and some of the world’s most renowned VCs are ready to back them.
Here are 10 property management startups that have recently raised funding rounds. They’re vying to become leaders in the short-term rental market – whether they manage rentals for business or leisure travellers. And if you’re looking for investment, check this 10 funding options to raise capital.


 

Turnkey

Number of Vacation Rentals 5,000 Locations Single-country
Based in Austin, TX Property type Rural villas / Urban apartments
Founded in 2012 Service Full service
Market Multi-market Growth via Organic
Funding VC-backed

Turnkey vacation rental property management

Since its founding in 2012, Turnkey has grown into one of the largest vacation rental property management companies in the US. The startup offers luxury properties and premier homes in 20 US states.

In July 2019, Turnkey raised $48M to develop its proprietary technology which the company considers the key to effective property management.

GuestReady

Number of Vacation Rentals 2,000 Locations Multi-country
Based in London, UK Property type Urban apartments
Founded in 2016 Service Full service
Market Multi-market Growth via Organic and acquisitions
Funding VC-backed

GuestReady uses Rentals United as their Channel Manager

GuestReady vacation rental property management

GuestReady is the number one property management service for vacation rentals in London. They manage a large portfolio of luxury vacation rentals and provide a wide range of services including listing creation, professional photography, 24/7 concierge service, guest communication, key exchange, price optimisation, property maintenance, etc.

Founded in 2016, GuestReady is constantly growing and expanding its inventory of vacation rentals in the UK, France, UAE, Portugal, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.

In April 2019, GuestReady acquired BnbLord, another large property manager, expanding its portfolio with 1,100 properties. In June 2019, the startup raised $6M in series A funding to fuel its growth and become a market leader in Europe. 

 

Lyric

Number of Vacation Rentals 500 Locations Single-country
Based in San Francisco, CA Property type Urban apartments / Urban buildings (multi-family)
Founded in 2014 Service Full service
Market Multi-market Growth via Organic
Funding VC-backed

 

Lyric is one of the growing technology-powered property management startups with a portfolio of apartments specifically designed for business travellers. They offer locally inspired and professionally managed short-term rentals in 7 US cities: Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Pittsburg. 

In April 2019, Lyric raised a $160-million financing round led by Airbnb. 

 

Blueground

Number of Vacation Rentals 1,700 Locations Multi-country
Based in New York, NY Property type Urban apartments / Urban buildings (multi-family)
Founded in 2013 Service Full service
Market Multi-market Growth via Organic
Funding VC-backed

 

Blueground manages furnished apartments for flexible rent. Their goal is to serve travellers who move around the world and want to rent living spaces for as little as a month. They lease units from property owners, furnish and decorate them, and rent them out on a flexible basis to remote workers, digital nomads and business travellers. 

Currently, BlueGround manages 1,700 apartments in nine cities across three continents: New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, Athens, Istanbul and Dubai. In March 2019, they raised $20M in funding to back their growth. 

 

Zeus

Number of Vacation Rentals 900 Locations Single-country
Based in San Francisco, CA Property type Urban apartments / Urban buildings (multi-family)
Founded in 2015 Service Full service
Market Multi-market Growth via Organic
Funding VC-backed

 

Zeus manages apartments for business stays in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington DC, taking over all responsibilities from the homeowner, including furnishing, design, housekeeping and more. 

In March 2019, they raised $24M to feed into their expansion and become leaders in the corporate housing market. 

 

The Guild

Number of Vacation Rentals 290 Locations Single-country
Based in Austin, TX Property type Urban apartments / Urban buildings (multi-family)
Founded in 2016 Service Full service
Market Multi-market Growth via Organic
Funding VC-backed

 

The Guild‘s mission is “to bring the 200,000-year-old hotel industry into the new age.” They aim to create an experience that’s in between a boutique hotel room and a holiday home by partnering with building owners and leasing units that they turn into vacation rentals. They offer various technology-based services such as automated check-in and keyless entry.

Based in Austin, Texas, The Guild has properties in Austin, Dallas, Miami, Cincinnati and Denver. In 2018, they raised $9 million in funding

 

Domio

Number of Vacation Rentals 250-300 Locations Single-country
Based in New York, NY Property type Urban apartments / Urban buildings (multi-family)
Founded in 2016 Service Full service
Market Multi-market Growth via Organic
Funding VC-backed

 

Domio manages upscale aparthotels that are basically boutique hotels with more space and more tech solutions. 

Having raised $12 million in series A funding last year, they’re leasing entire aparthotel properties that they brand, furnish and operate themselves. Their destinations include Austin, New Orleans, Nashville, San Diego, Boston, Phoenix and Chicago. 

 

HostMaker

Number of Vacation Rentals 2,500 Locations Multi-country
Based in London, UK Property type Urban apartments
Founded in 2014 Service Full service
Market Multi-market Growth via Organic
Funding VC-backed

HostMaker uses Rentals United as their Channel ManagerHostMaker vacation rental property management

HostMaker one of the well-known property management startups that provides an end-to-end solution for rental owners, covering all major services from marketing and distribution to guest communications and housekeeping. 

The business, launched in 2014, has expanded to 8 European cities and Bangkok. 

In 2018, HostMaker raised $5 million in venture debt. 

 

Sweet Inn

Number of Vacation Rentals 600 Locations Multi-country
Based in Tel Aviv, Israel Property type Urban apartments
Founded in 2014 Service Full service
Market Multi-market Growth via Organic
Funding VC-backed

Sweet Inn uses Rentals United as their Channel Manager

Sweet inn vacation rental property management

Sweet Inn offers “hotels spread throughout the city”: apartments with the independence of a vacation rental and the guest experience of a hotel. They currently lease and rent out properties in 13 European cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, but are expanding to the Americas and Asia.

Founded in 2014, the French-Israeli startup has an inventory of 600 apartments. In 2017, they raised a $22-million investment round

 

Lavanda

Number of Vacation Rentals N/A Locations Single-country
Based in London, UK Property type Urban apartments
Founded in 2014 Service Full service
Market Multi-market Growth via Organic
Funding VC-backed

Lavanda uses Rentals United as their Channel Manager

Lavanda vacation rental property management

Lavanda has built an award-winning proptech platform for estate agents and PRS property owners. They help landlords and property managers maximise their profits with innovative technology and luxury property management services.

The company was founded in 2014 and has since been expanding in the UK. In 2017, they raised €1.1 million in funding


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