HomeGermany-Startups9flats, a German Airbnb competitor, now offers a host protection plan

9flats, a German Airbnb competitor, now offers a host protection plan

Potentially as a reaction to the latest problems at Airbnb, 9flats, one of Europe’s largest platforms for private accommodation rentals, has now decided to offer their hosts worldwide protection for their properties.

From this Thursday, German hosts are able to cover their properties against damages of up to €2500, at a cost of €3.50 per night, per property. This fee covers all guests staying in the property, with the excess to be paid in the event of any damages set at €100. The coverage programme will be rolled out to international hosts in all 9flats.com countries beyond Germany over the course of the next few weeks.

Aside from the existing security standards at 9flats.com, which include guests and hosts evaluating each other online, for example, this recent move further increases the security of 9flats users. According to the young startup, there have been no claims over €100 yet, within its six months of existence.

Stephan Uhrenbacher, founder and CEO of 9flats.com, stated in relation to the coverage programme: “We go to great lengths to ensure that both our hosts and guests have the best experience possible when travelling with 9flats.com. Anyone who rents out their own home with our service now has further peace of mind that their property is protected”.

We’re curious about when the other big Airbnb clone Wimdu, which is backed by the Samwer brothers, will announce its host protection plan. We expect that we won’t have to wait long to find out.

Find this interesting? Check out our rundown of the Airbnb competitors wimdu and 9flats here.

Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr
Thomas Ohr is the "Editor in Chief" of EU-Startups.com and started the blog in October 2010. He is excited about Europe's future, passionate about new business ideas and lives in Barcelona (Spain).


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