The world's top 28 vacation rental property managers

In recent years, vacation rental property management has seen incredible progress. New companies are popping up next to the old players and raising one funding round after another.

The world’s top property managers are working tirelessly to push the vacation rental industry forward. They provide a high-quality service on par with hotel standards in terms of consistency and professionalism. They know how to take comfort and innovation to the next level.

To give you an overview of the biggest players, we’ve compiled a list of the top vacation rental property managers in the world (with at least 1,000 properties each) sorted by markets.

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Worldwide markets | European markets | North and South American markets | Asia-Pacific markets

Criteria:

  • Number of vacation rentals: How many properties the company manages
  • Locations: Whether the company manages properties in one country or more (single or multi-country)
  • Market: Whether the company manages properties in one market – one city or region – or more (single or multi-market)
  • Property type: What kinds of homes the company manages (rural villas, urban apartments or urban buildings)
  • Service: The extent of the service that the company provides for owners and what it covers (full service, marketing only, operations only)
  • Based in: The city where the company’s HQ is located
  • Founded in: The year of the company’s establishment
  • Growth: The company’s growth strategy (organic growth or growth via acquisitions)
  • Funding: The company’s financial background (self-funded, VC-backed, etc)

Worldwide markets

Interhome Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:40,000+
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: rural villas / urban apartmentsService:full-service
property management
Based in:Glattbrugg, SwitzerlandFounded in:1965
Growth:organic and acquisitionsFunding: self-funded
Interhome vacation rental property management

With 15 regional subsidiaries and sales offices in more than 19 countries, Interhome is one of the largest providers of holiday apartments and villas headquartered in Europe. They offer over 40,000 vacation rentals in 32 countries.

Interhome was founded in 1965 and has decades of experience in the home rental industry to look back on. It is a subsidiary of the Hotelplan Group, which is part of the Migros Corporation.

In 2013, the Hotelplan Group acquired Inter Chalet, Germany’s leading specialist provider of vacation rental homes.

Vacasa Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:25,000
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: rural villas / urban apartmentsService:full-service
property management
Based in:Portland, ORFounded in:2009
Growth:organic and acquisitionsFunding: VC-backed
VaCasa vacation rental property management

Based in Portland, Oregon, Vacasa currently manages more than 25,000 vacation rentals across 33 US states and 18 countries.

In 2018, Vacasa launched Vacasa Real Estate to support buyers and sellers of vacation rentals. They also acquired Oasis Collections, a short-term rental company previously owned in part by Hyatt Hotels Corp.

Vacasa works with local organisations to promote tourism and economic growth in the different communities they operate in.

In February 2020, Matt Roberts was appointed interim CEO as the company enters a new stage of growth.

Houst Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:3,950
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: rural villas / urban apartmentsService:full-service
property management
Based in:London, UKFounded in:2015
Growth:organic and acquisitionsFunding: VC-backed / equity crowdfunding

Houst provides premium management of Airbnb properties. They cover everything from property listing and search optimisation to professional cleaning, guest communication and performance improvement.

The company was founded in 2015 and currently manages 3,950 rentals in 20 cities across 11 countries. In January 2019, Houst acquired Dubai-based Sama Sama Holiday Homes.

Their total investment raised to date is £11 million.

Houst uses Rentals United as their Channel Manager.

onefinestay Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:1,500
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: urban apartments and homesService:full-service
property management
Based in:6 global officesFounded in:2010
Growth:organicFunding: part of Accor

onefinestay channel management

onefinestay, a hospitality company that offers high-end homes with personal service, made the news in 2016 when it was acquired for $170 million by Accor. Since then, they’ve opened new city destinations, such as Sydney and Florence.

They offer a complete service to guests and homeowners — from the marketing to top of the line ground services (cleaning, management and maintenance) in each of their City Collection locations.  

onefinestay uses Rentals United as their Channel Manager.

Smiling House Luxury Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:1,500
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: luxury rural villas / urban apartmentsService:full-service
property management
Based in:Gstaad, SwitzerlandFounded in:2015
Growth:organicFunding: self-funded

Smiling House Luxury is a property management company based in Gstaad Switzerland with 1,500 luxury homes in 30 locations.

From beautiful chalets across Switzerland to beachfront villas in Tulum, Mexico, they have a large selection of homes for the discerning traveller.

Smiling House Luxury is a collection of stylish and exclusive private properties. Some of them are managed with property managers, others are managed with the homeowners themselves. This hybrid model allows the company to provide the best experience of hosting around the world.

Smiling House Luxury uses Rentals United as their Channel Manager.

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European markets

Awaze Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:110,000
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: rural villasService:full-service
property management (select brands)
Based in:London, UKFounded in:2018 (as the new corporate identity of European Vacation Rentals)
Growth:organic and acquisitionsFunding: private equity
Awaze property manager

Awaze is the largest managed vacation rentals and holiday resorts business in Europe. Their portfolio includes leading brands such as cottages.com, Hoseasons, James Villa Holidays, Landal GreenParks and Novasol, which were previously owned by Wyndham Worldwide before being sold to Platinum Equity in May 2018.

Awaze manages 110,000 accommodations in 36 countries, and 8 million travellers put their trust in them each year.

Most of their properties are apartments and holiday homes outside of urban areas. They pride themselves on offering a wide, international reach and providing local expertise and support at the same time.

OYO Vacation Homes Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:42,000
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: rural villas / urban apartmentsService:full service property management / marketing only
Based in:Amsterdam, NetherlandsFounded in:2019 (as a rebrand of @Leisure)
Growth:organic and acquisitionsFunding: owned by OYO

OYO Vacation Homes is a leading vacation rental company in Europe. Their brands include full-service property managers Belvilla and DanCente, as well as the online marketplace Traum-Ferienwohnungen.

The company is owned by the Airbnb-backed budget hotel startup OYO, based in India.

OYO Vacation Homes handles vacation rentals in 70 countries and has 5 main offices in Europe.

Sykes Holiday Cottages Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:19,500
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: rural villasService:marketing only / full service
Based in:Chester, EnglandFounded in:1985
Growth:organic and acquisitionsFunding: VC-backed
Sykes cottages property managers

Sykes Cottages is an agency that has been working with holiday rentals for 25 years. They exclusively manage 19,500 properties (17,500 in the UK and 2,000 in New Zealand).

The company is backed by Vitruvian Partners, an investment firm that acquired Sykes Cottages for $500 million in October 2019.

In April 2019, Sykes Cottages acquired Bachcare, a property management company based in Auckland, New Zealand.

Feriepartner.dk Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:7,000
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: rural villasService:full-service
property management
Based in:Copenhagen, DenmarkFounded in:2005
Growth:organicFunding: self-funded

Feriepartner.dk is a chain of 27 independent holiday home rental agencies with 7,000 seaside holiday homes in Denmark. The company is also growing in Sweden, where they have around 150 rentals, and they are looking at expanding to Norway and Northern Germany, too.

The business is run on democratic principles with a significant level of entrepreneurship granted to the rental agencies that are a part of the association.

83% of Feriepartner’s bookings are direct and mostly from Germany.

Direct Booker Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:6,840
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: all typesService:marketing only (full service option)
Based in:Dubrovnik, CroatiaFounded in:2010
Growth:organicFunding: self-funded
Direct booker vacation rental property management

Since its launch in 2010, Direct Booker has grown into one of the biggest property managers in the Balkan region, managing properties in Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro and Slovenia. They provide rental owners with a full service including setting up and maintaining ads on sales channels, guest communication, payment processing and sales policy. They outsource cleaning and check-in to their operational partners.

In the last few years, Direct Booker has been transforming into a technology-driven company, thanks to a product they’ve been developing called Booker Tools. This platform allows them to increase the level of automation and quality of their service. As the owners of their technology and their know-how, they’ve also started successfully selling the Direct Booker franchise, and they’ve developed their own PMS, which they will continue to invest in.

Original Cottages Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:5,836
Locations:single-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: rural villasService:full service (select local agencies)
Based in:Reepham, UKFounded in:1992
Growth:organic and acquisitionsFunding: self-funded
Original cottages vacation rental property management

Original Cottages works with local agencies who manage and let their holiday properties across the UK. They offer high-quality self-catering accommodation and draw together cottages from a family of 25 local brands.

The Original Cottages’ founding brand Norfolk Country Cottages was established in 1992 and has been creating and acquiring local agencies ever since. Original Cottages was rebranded from Cottage Holidays in 2017 and reported a 41% increase in bookings in 2018.

Original Cottages uses Rentals United as their Channel Manager.

HostnFly

Number of vacation rentals:4,000
Locations:single-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: rural villas / urban apartmentsService:full-service
property management
Based in:Paris, FranceFounded in:2016
Growth:organicFunding: VC-backed

HostnFly is France’s number one Airbnb management company.

They offer turnkey rentals in and around big cities like Paris, Lyon and Marseille as well as ski resorts and seaside destinations.

In July 2019, HostnFly raised €9 million to scale their operations.

Bungalow.Net Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:3,000+
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: holiday parks, villas, bungalowsService:full-service
property management
Based in:Netherlands / Germany / Belgium / RomaniaFounded in:1996
Growth:organicFunding: self-funded
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BungalowNet Group is a Dutch property management company specialising in European holiday parks. The company owns several brands such as Bungalow.Net, Vakantieparken.nl and Resort Net and is very popular in the Dutch market, as well as other Western European markets.

Their most popular destinations include Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Luxembourg, Czech Republic and Croatia.

Bungalow.Net uses Rentals United as their Channel Manager.

GuestReady Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:2,500+
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: urban apartmentsService:full service property management
Based in:London, UKFounded in:2016
Growth:organic and acquisitionsFunding: VC-backed
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 myriad of services including listing creation, professional photography, 24/7 concierge service, guest communication, key exchange, price optimisation, property maintenance, etc.

GuestReady was founded in late 2016. They are constantly growing their inventory of vacation rentals and are soon to open new locations.

In April 2019, GuestReady acquired BnbLord, another large property manager, expanding their portfolio with 1,100 properties.

In July 2019, the company raised $6M in funding.

Veeve Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:2,000
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: urban apartmentsService:full service property management
Based in:London, UKFounded in:2011
Growth:organicFunding: VC-backed
Veeve property manager

Veeve has been operating since 2011 and has over 2,000 hand-picked, characterful family homes, townhouses, apartments and penthouses in London, Paris and Los Angeles.

They offer full-service management, professional housekeeping and a 24/7 customer care team for guests.

Veeve uses Rentals United as their Channel Manager.

Halldis Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:1,800
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: urban apartments / urban buildings (multi-family)Service:full service property management
Based in:Milan, ItalyFounded in:1986
Growth:organicFunding: self-funded
Halldis vacation rental property management

Halldis has more than 30 years of experience in the short-term rental market. They select apartments in the most exclusive areas of popular destinations in Italy and Europe, as well as unexplored villages. Furthermore, to serve outbound Chinese travellers, they have a dedicated website hosted in China. 

Altido Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:1,700
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: urban apartmentsService:full-service
property management
Based in:London, UKFounded in:2019
Growth:organic / mergerFunding: self-funded

Altido was born through the merger of four leading vacation rental property management companies – BnbBuddy (UK), The London Residents Club (UK), Hintown (Italy) and RentExperience (Portugal).

The company offers over 1,700 short-term rentals across 21 European destinations. The properties they manage combine the standards and service of a hotel with the comfort and cosiness of a vacation home.

Altido uses Rentals United as their Channel Manager.

Happy Holiday Homes Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:1,500
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: rural villas / urban apartmentsService:full-service
property management
Based in:Lugano, SwitzerlandFounded in:2007
Growth:organicFunding: self-funded

Happy Holiday Homes manages 1,500 vacation rentals in Europe. They started in Lake Como and expanded to the neighbouring lakes of Maggiore, Lugano and Garda. Today, they have rentals in many of the most popular destinations of Switzerland, Italy and France.

The company operates on a franchise model, with 200-300 homes per office.

Happy Holiday Homes uses Rentals United as their Channel Manager.

Awaykey Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:1,400
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: rural villas / urban apartmentsService:full-service / marketing only
Based in:Amsterdam, NetherlandsFounded in:2014
Growth:organicFunding: self-funded
Awaykey vacation rental property management

Awaykey offers global vacation rental marketing and full-service property management in Amsterdam, Port du Soleil, Marbella, Leiden and Groningen. 

They create and manage ads for property managers on more than 16 booking sites, and they also offer check-in, customer service, cleaning and revenue management services.

City Relay Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:1,000
Locations:single-countryMarket: single-market
Property type: urban apartmentsService:full-service
property management
Based in:London, UKFounded in:2015
Growth:organicFunding: self-funded

City Relay manages over 1,000 short-term rentals in London. Their unique proposition is to provide outstanding operations and reception spaces to owners and other short-let management companies. By occupying the high street, they are able to service guests better and work with owners who would not think of renting out their homes directly through Airbnb.

In 2019, City Relay acquired the yield management platform Outswitch.

City Relay uses Rentals United as their Channel Manager.

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North and South American markets

Evolve Vacation Rental Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:14,000
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: rural villas / urban apartmentsService:marketing only
Based in:Denver, COFounded in:2011
Growth:organicFunding: VC-backed
evolve vacation rental management

Evolve Vacation Rental helps owners manage the most difficult parts of their rental business from online listing optimisation to 24/7 guest support and more. They guarantee that the homes they manage are always 100% ready for guests’ arrival.

Evolve Vacation Rental has serviced over 2 million guests in over 700 destinations to date.

In 2018, the company acquired Everbooked, a dynamic pricing platform for the short-term rental industry.

TurnKey Vacation Rentals Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:5,000+
Locations:single-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: rural villas / urban apartmentsService:full service property management
Based in:Austin, TXFounded in:2012
Growth:organicFunding: VC-backed
Turnkey vacation rental property management

TurnKey Vacation Rentals offer full-service vacation rental property management, with a 24/7 local team and proprietary technologies.

The company was launched in 2012 and has grown into one of the biggest property managers in the US. They have raised $48M in funding to date.

iTrip Vacations Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:3,000
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: all typesService:full service property management
Based in:Nashville, TNFounded in:2008
Growth:organic and acquisitionsFunding: self-funded / franchise
iTrip vacations property management

iTrip Vacations currently manages 3,000 properties in 92 cities in the US and Canada. They provide a full service with proprietary software and international distribution. They are a HomeAway Elite Partner for software excellence.

In 2019, iTrip received an investment from Greater Sum Ventures and became part of the InhabitIQ family of companies.

Stay Alfred Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:2,800
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: urban apartments / urban buildings (multi-family)Service:full service property management
Based in:Spokane Valley, WAFounded in:2012
Growth:organicFunding: VC-backed
StayAlfred vacation rental property management

A startup founded in 2012, StayAlfred offers more than 2,800 upscale apartments in downtown neighbourhoods of 32 US cities.

The company leases individual units and entire buildings and rents them out to travellers. Their team controls everything related to their short-term lodging spaces, including the design, furnishing, cleaning, booking process and customer service. Their accommodations combine the quality of hotel stays with the spaciousness and flexibility of vacation rentals.

In late 2018, Stay Alfred raised $47M in series B funding.

Stay Alfred uses Rentals United as their Channel Manager.

Sonder Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:2,200
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: urban apartments / urban buildings (multi-family)Service:full service property management
Based in:San Francisco, CAFounded in:2014
Growth:organicFunding: VC-backed
Sonder vacation rental property management

Sonder, founded in 2012, manages a variety of nightly rentals that have the consistency and quality of a hotel. They design, outfit and fully manage all of their living spaces.

They have more than 2,200 serviced home rentals in the most vibrant neighbourhoods of 11 cities across North America and Europe.

VTrips Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:1,800
Locations:single-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: rural villasService:marketing only
Based in:Ponte Vedra, FLFounded in:2018
Growth:organic and acquisitionsFunding: VC-backed
Vtrips vacation rental property managers

VTrips is growing incessantly thanks to a smart acquisition strategy. They own numerous vacation rental brands including Vacation Rental Pros, Jackson Mountain Homes, Hilton Head Rentals & Golf, Waterfront Vacation Rentals, Cabin Fever Vacations, Maui Rental Group, Reunion Vacation Pros, Condotel and more.

The acquisitions have helped them expand to 1,800 properties in the USA.

VTrips uses Rentals United as their Channel Manager.

Pillow Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:1,000+
Locations:single-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: urban apartments, urban buildings (multi-family)Service:marketing only
Based in:San Francisco, CAFounded in:2013
Growth:organicFunding: VC-backed

Pillow vacation rental property management

Pillow offers a management solution for owners and managers of multi-family buildings to enable their residents to start renting out their apartments or turn their vacant units into short-term rentals. They work with regional property managers and provide and take over all marketing activities from owners.

Pillow was acquired by the Expedia Group in 2018 and became a part of the HomeAway family.

Pillow uses Rentals United as their Channel Manager.

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Asia-Pacific markets

Roomfilla Property Management

Number of vacation rentals:4,000
Locations:multi-countryMarket: multi-market
Property type: rural villas / urban apartmentsService:marketing only (full service option)
Based in:SingaporeFounded in:2014
Growth:organicFunding: self-funded

Roomfilla manages over 4,000 properties in almost all of Southeastern Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia and Malaysia). They provide marketing services and their own channel manager. Hosts can also choose a package that includes cleaning services.

What distinguishes Roomfilla is a fresh, start-up mentality reflected in the cutting-edge technology they offer to their hosts. They’ve built their own state-of-the-art internal PMS system within Slack involving a lot of bots and automation.

The company anticipates finishing 2020 with an additional 2,500 units. They have added local experiences, so while they are no longer a pure property management business, they are growing at 40% year-on-year.

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