Safely uncovers new demand for private short-term rentals and insurance solutions in a transformed travel world

Record-breaking summer demand pushed Safely to surpass $40 billion of homeowner liability covered since their 2015 launch. Guest reservations up 200% YOY in November and December.

ATLANTA a leading insurtech and guest screening solution for the vacation and short-term rental industry, has released data showing unexpected growth despite the global pandemic and uncertainty around travel. Safely has now covered over $40 billion of homeowner liability since launching in 2015, with more than 500,000 nights protected by its on-demand vacation rental insurance and guest screening services. 

The short-term rental sector is shifting as guests change their travel behavior as a result of the pandemic. Guests are now traveling domestically by car and demand self-contained, private accommodations. Long-haul flights, cruises and communal breakfast buffets are out. But guests are still traveling, some more than ever, because many families can work and learn from anywhere. 

Safely states its reservations were up 200% year-on-year this November and December and it has seen the biggest increase in home occupancy after Labor Day, where some markets showed over 80% occupancy during a period which traditionally has less than 40% occupancy. 

Professional property managers and homeowners are searching for and investing more in safety and security than ever before to protect their assets and optimize their operations.

Since the pandemic, the purchase of second home properties has increased as urban areas are losing influence and families want more space in a leisure destination. This trend is fueled by low interest rates and the ability to work flexibly.

Andrew Bate, CEO says as demand for private short-term rentals accelerates, we also see significant interest in managing risk, from new and established second home owners. We have all just experienced unimaginable devastation and change which led to real financial uncertainty. The right insurance and guest screening partner will help protect these financial assets, and decrease anxiety felt by these entrepreneurs.

The data released shows that insurtech is a growth sector in the short-term rental industry due to changing guest behaviors while homeowners and property managers prioritize safety and security more than ever.