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Agency now offering Airbnb 'design' service as well as management

A lettings agency that already operates an Airbnb management service has now launched an additional ‘interior styling service’ for landlords who want to short-let their properties.

The company says the service is ideal for those with vacant properties, “enabling vendors to earn money until their property sells and landlords to cash in until they find the perfect tenant.”

The agent employs what it describes as “top interior stylists” to kit out clients’ properties with furniture and soft furnishings appropriate both to potential Airbnb guests and to the owner’s budget and taste.

The overall package, called Portico Host, offers to create the property listing, organise professional cleaning and linen, arrange 24 hour check-in facilities, handle guest bookings and communication, and deal with all property maintenance.

Without interior styling, the service costs 15 per cent plus VAT, rising to 20 per cent with VAT for the all-inclusive option.

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