If you’re feeling a little lost and confused amidst the global health crisis, you’re not alone. All of a sudden, very little about our daily lives is the way it was only a week ago, and on occasion it can, understandably, feel surreal and overwhelming.
At Badi we are doing everything we can to keep serving our community in the best way possible at this time of uncertainty. One thing we have done is apply a free cancellation policy to all cases where either the tenant or the landlord have been affected by the COVID-19 situation. You can get more specific information here.
Badi stays fully operative
As a lister, you may have wondered if you can keep listing your room on Badi and interacting with interested tenants. The short answer is “yes”. One good thing about a virtual rentals platform is that not many things have changed from how we normally do them. The Badi app is fully operative, which means all your current listings are still live and you can list new rooms if you have them.
As of today, seekers are continuing to be active on Badi, but we do expect both tenants and landlords to look for a postponed entry date, given the situation. That means that you can use this time to get to know the tenants you like most, and arrange a later time of entry if you find one that’s a good match.
However, please stay responsible and always follow the instructions of your local authorities surrounding the crisis.
Jump on a video call to get to know your prospective tenant
As always, use the built-in inbox feature of the Badi app to ask your potential tenant any questions and resolve any quick doubts. The Badi app is equipped with everything you need to rent out your room from the comfort of your couch, but many tenants still typically want to see the place before committing. Except that right now, that’s not possible or advisable.
But what you can do is a virtual tenant interview. When you show your flat to prospective tenants, you are not just showing them the amenities; you are both using the opportunity to get to know each other and see how you feel in each other’s company. This is particularly important if you will be sharing the flat with the person who moves in.
So that’s what you can do during this time of confinement and social distancing – hop on a video call and get to know your potential tenant. There are plenty of tools to choose from, including WhatsApp video, Facetime, Google Hangouts, or Zoom. All of them are free of charge and all you need is a good internet connection.
Just make sure you’re back in the Badi app when it’s time to seal the deal. Securing your bookings through Badi keeps you protected from unforeseen circumstances, such as the current coronavirus crisis. Learn more about how Badi protects your bookings.
Ask the right questions
When we meet new people in person, we often rely on the unspoken, subconscious cues to judge how we feel about them. This is, arguably, going to be a bit more difficult when you meet them online, but as long as you get the conversation going and keep it natural, you will still be able to get a good idea of how you’d get along.
Here are some questions you may want to ask your prospective tenant, in order to determine whether you’d be a good fit:
- What does your typical day look like?
- Do you often work from home?
- How do you spend your weekends?
- Do you expect to have people overnight, like friends from abroad or family members?
- Would you say you were more of an introvert or an extrovert?
- Do you cook your own meals or do you often eat out?
- What do you look for in a flatmate?
- Are you still friends with your old flatmates?
- What are some of the biggest challenges of flat sharing, judging from your previous experience?
Be clear about specific requirements
The interview is also a good time to be open and clear about any specific requirements or restrictions you may have. The tenant will probably share theirs too, but it’s important to think about the following:
- How will you tackle cleaning?
- Are animals allowed in the flat?
- What about parties and sleep-overs?
- What are the rules around smoking?
- Does anyone have any serious allergies?
It is ok to be relaxed and not impose any strict rules or schedules, but it is important that both parties take the same approach. The clearer things are from the start, the happier and smoother the coliving is likely to be.
Do a virtual tour of your place
Lastly, take your prospective tenant on a virtual tour of the flat. To ensure good quality of the video, try to schedule the call during daytime – good natural lighting will help you showcase the spaces in the best possible way. Walk them through the entire flat, showing them shared spaces in addition to the room being rented.
Rent out your room with a later entry date
So, you’ve spruced up your listing and found a tenant you really connect with, now what? You can jointly agree on a move-in day later in the future and proceed to complete the booking as you normally would through Badi. This way you know that you will be ready to receive your new tenant when things go back to normal. And should you need to reschedule or postpone the intended move-in day if the crisis were to continue, you can count on us to help you handle any possible modifications or cancellations. Read our current cancellation policy update.
We are in this together. Contact our Customer Support team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any assistance or advice regarding your listings or bookings on Badi.