Rent Your Home for the DNC
CHARLOTTE, N.C. "I think the bigger opportunity is to show our hospitality," says Dilworth resident Manisha Dorawala. She will probably make a couple thousand dollars renting out her town home during the Democratic National Convention.
But she's not just interested in the cash, she wants visitors to be charmed by Charlotte. "I know if I was a traveler to another city for an event like this, I would really like the comfort of a home," says Dorawala.
Her three bedroom, two and a half bath home is listed on DNCRental.com, a new marketing website created by local Brendon Urban. He wants to rent out his home for the DNC and at first, created the site just for himself and friends.
Urban says, "It's been a pleasant surprise, I wasn't expecting the reaction we did." DNCRental.com has more than 40,000 followers on Twitter, including politicians and state party organizations. The company only launched last month. So far, 22 Charlotte area homeowners have listed their properties. Last week, the first rental was booked.
One of the things homeowners need to consider before putting their home up for rent is convenience. Dorawala's home is in a perfect location: it's close to Uptown and within walking distance to Dilworth's shops and restaurants.
"We've also had a few people that have listed their property but are also willing to drive the people staying there between certain hours," says Urban.
Dorawala's taking it slow and waiting to see who's interested in her home. As for what she'll do during the DNC? She admits it'll be quite an experience. "But at the same time, I wouldn't be completely heartbroken if I wasn't amidst 35,000 people," she says with a smile.
You should check with your home owner's association and your insurance company before deciding to rent your home. The one-time cost to list on www.DNCRental.com ranges between $50 - $70.
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