091: Merilee Karr – Under The Doormat – Bringing Community to  The Short Term Letting Industry

091: Merilee Karr – Under The Doormat – Bringing Community to The Short Term Letting Industry

Merilee is the founder of Under the Doormat, a London based, short term home accommodation company rooted in the sharing economy.  With a sharp focus on customer service for both owners and guests, they are different to the norm and offer the quality of a hotel in the comfort of a home


091_ Merilee Karr - Under The Doormat - Bringing Community to The Short Term Letting Industry


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  • Tell us a little about you and your background and how you started out in the Holiday Let Industry and where you’re based. Do you travel frequently yourself?
  • Tell us how Under the doormat came about – What inspired you to start the company? How long has it been running?
  • Let’s look at how Under the Doormat works from a guest perspective and how it’s different booking with Under the Doormat to using one of the ‘ordinary’ booking sites
  • Tell us how Under the Doormat works from the owners perspective – benefits, ease of use, cost, how easy to set up? We’ll also talk about the Benefits of working with Under the Doormat instead of the usual booking sites here
  • So you definitely work with a real sharp focus on the guest experience – do you think this is where the future of the Holiday let industry is headed?
  • You’re obviously very passionate about short term lettings and you’re involved in advocacy for the Industry and have some exciting things coming up too.
  • Let’s look at the Short Term Accommodation Association – a new group to promote the short-term lettings industry – how did it come about and what are its objectives?
  • STAA are working on bringing the Industry together, and one way is a big event and that’s happening in March 2019 in ExCel London – The Short Stay Show. How did you get involved and what can visitors expect from the event? How do we get tickets as a visitor? Is there an opportunity for providers to sponsor?
  • Do you have a guiding philosophy/principal that you think would help individual holiday home owners in today’s market?
  • How would you advise someone new to the Industry to get started with marketing their property today?
  • What do you think an owner of a Holiday let | Vacation Rental absolutely must be/do/have in today’s market in your opinion?


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