If Airbnb seems too informal, but a management company seems too strict, recent start-up Bnbkeys could be your solution. Launched at the start of this year in Vallauris and is now offering its services in English online, Bnbkeys allows homeowners to rent out their properties short-term without the hassle of managing client demands. For holidaymakers, the fledgling company provides a fivestar welcome service with 24/7 assistance. Riviera Insider speaks to co-founder Charles Semmel.
What kind of services does Bnbkeys provide?
Bnbkeys offers two formulas: a customised service with a fixed price or a management service formula with a 15% fee on the rental price (the cheapest rates on the market) with all taxes included as well as fees for the creation of publicity such as a professional photographer and digital property assessment, and cleaning. We don’t charge our clients any sign-up or ‘engagement’ fees either.
What is your network?
We are represented across the Côte d’Azur, in all major destinations from Saint Tropez to Monaco. In just six months, we have added 50 properties to our books, from villas to houses, apartments and yachts.
Who are your clients?
Our clients are predominately holidaymakers from France, the UK, the USA, Middle East, Italy and Germany. We also have many business travellers and have a dedicated corporate section on our website’s booking pages.
Where do you advertise available properties?
On our website, but also on competitors’ websites like Airbnb, TripAdvisor and Abritel. We also run active social media sites and a regular newsletter.
Before Bnbkeys, what was your experience in the field of real estate?
My co-founder Julien Real spent two years studying in the US. He created Bnbkeys after working in the luxury concierge service for five years. I studied international relations in Paris and Germany, then spent five years working in international and luxury real estate with Engel & Völkers in Cannes.