travelmob launches sort-term rental service for Southeast Asia

travelmob, a short-term rental website based in Singapore, is now available for hosts and travellers and supports five new languages.

According to the official blog post, travelmob is now live. Hosts can list their space on travelmob for free and travellers can browse and find quality accomodations through the website. travelmob acts as a facilitator for the entire booking and payments between both the host and the guests to ensure secure and timely payments.

The blog post also reads, “founded with a vision to enable travellers around the world to experience Asia Pacific like a local, the travelmob team is focused on providing an innovative and localised experience for you.” To prove its dedication, travelmob features support for five new languages, including Bahasa Indonesia, Thai, Vietnamese, Traditional and Simplified Chinese. On top of that, there are also multi language customer care where guests or hosts of different mother tongues can interact with travelmob. Interestingly, travelmob also allows hosts to create discounts and offer special promotions for guests, and this is available from the host’s admin dashboard.

So how do you get started with travelmob? You can sign up for the service using your normal email account or Facebook account. To celebrate the launch, travelmob is also kind enough to give away US$50 worth of credits to all travelmob users, and only applies for bookings made in the next 30 days, valid till 9 August 2012.

The short term rental industry is booming and there are more players coming into the market. One thing worth noting is that recently, Straits Times posted an article saying that these short term stay website might be breaking the law. How so? According to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), the authority governing real estate in Singapore, private residential properties can be rented out or sublet – but only for periods of six months or more.

Jacky Yap

Having spent one year abroad in Shanghai under the NUS Overseas College Programme, Jacky has an avid interest in entrepreneurship and web based startups. Jacky used to run N-House, Singapore's first entrepreneurial themed residence in NUS, and was also part of the organizing team for Startup Weekend Singapore 2012. You can reach him at jacky [at] e27 [dot] co

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