Frequently Asked Questions - Scotland

How are you different from your competitors?

  • We pride ourselves on market-leading customer service (check out our Google reviews). Our customer service team is available to owners and guests 24/7/365.
  • Our pricing is clear and transparent. We charge a set % of rental income which is clearly itemised in your monthly remittance.
  • Flexibility! Owners can choose to review each guest booking enquiry before accepting a booking; can stay in their own property at whatever time the property is not booked throughout the year; and can select their own guest criteria (no kids/pets/students etc.). We can adhere to any specific instructions for housekeeping, property staging and any other preparations.
  • Dedicated client account manager
  • We have a large team of operations and maintenance professionals ready to deal with these issues.

 

Where will you market my property?

  • We use a combination of online and offline channels:
  • Direct bookings through this website - we love it when guests book directly because they save money by not paying platform fees and your slice of the income is higher.
  • We were one of the first partners of Homes & Villas by Marriott International, giving you access to over 150 million Marriott Bonvoy™ members.
  • Airbnb provides a high level of visibility on the "quality" of the guest and provides a high supply of travellers.
  • We also use channels such as Booking.com and HomeAway as they provide access to a global market through their primary and subsidiary platforms (such as Abritel, Owners Direct and VRBO)
  • The Plum Guide is a Michelin guide to short-term rental properties. Properties have to fit strict criteria to make it onto their platform. The Plum Guide demands slightly premium prices and high-quality guests.
  • We also maintain a large database of repeat guests - our ALTIDO ambassadors.

 

How do you vet/screen the guests?

  • We adopt our own proprietary vetting system using various criteria to determine whether they can stay at your home.
  • We will only allow bookings from guests who have good reviews from previous stays.
  • We will request a questionnaire to be answered before a booking, which asks each guest about the purpose of their stay and references from previous stays.
  • We will often ask for evidence to support their reason for travelling, particularly for longer stays.
  • We always provide in-person check-ins to verify each guest’s identity, taking a photograph of the main guest’s ID.
  • You can set your own criteria, e.g. the number of guests, no kids, no pets etc.
  • We only allow bookings of a minimum of 4 nights (but recommend a minimum of 5 where possible).

 

Do you manage room rentals?

  • No. We manage entire homes, blocks, stately homes, hotels and student accommodation.

  

Can you furnish my property?

  • We work with several furniture rental companies who can kit out your home at reasonable rates with a quick turnaround.
  • We also partner with interior design companies for a more permanent solution.

 

What do you need from me?

  • 5 sets of keys, proof of ownership and the completion of our onboarding form
  • For full details for setting up for short-term lets, please refer to our helpful guide.

 

What is the ALTIDO Trust & Safety Guarantee?

  • The ALTIDO Trust & Safety Guarantee is our promise to deal with guest damages on your behalf, and endeavour to seek a positive resolution directly with the guests or through the platform. This compensation will take the form of a damage deposit or a direct claim via the Airbnb resolution centre. Our specialist short-term rental insurance covers large claims between £1,000 and £1 million.

 

What are the local regulations?

  • Our local sales manager will be happy to advise you about Scotland's regulations and will be transparent about whether your home will be suitable and compliant. We also have a blog post with regular updates.

 

Do you operate outside of London?

  • Yes, we have offices in Lisbon, England and Milan; and we provide Booking Generator services globally.

 

How/when will I receive my rental income?

  • You will receive a monthly statement via email on the last day of the month. The funds for that month (less our fees) will be transferred to your bank within 10 days.

 

Do I need to provide my own linen/cleaning supplies?

  • No. We take care of all linen/towels, toiletries and cleaning.

 

Can I view my bookings and block days out in my calendar?

  • Yes, of course. Either speak to your dedicated ALTIDO account manager or log in to your very own online portal to view bookings and block out dates.

 

Will I have a dedicated account manager?

  • Yes, Plamena is the Scotland client manager and is looking forward to working with you.

 

Do I have to pay a set-up or onboarding fee to get started?

  • Yes. There is a £100 + VAT onboarding fee which we can deduct from your first month’s rent.
  • This goes towards the cost of taking beautiful professional photos and the creation of our detailed house manuals, maintenance manuals and London Guide. We will share all this content with you for your own use.