Airbnb introduces its first apartments in Kissimmee

'Niido powered by Airbnb'

By Ben Kotenko - Digital Intern

KISSIMMEE, Fla - Airbnb is getting set to take a major next step in it's development, and it's plans include Central Florida.

The home sharing app is introducing it's first apartment complex in Florida, the move is something of an experiment in further circumventing the strict housing regulations that usually prevail against it.

"Niido Powered by Airbnb" is the name of the branded complexes and it's first project will be found in Kissimmee.

According to CNBC, Airbnb will teaming up with Newgard Devlopment group in creating their first apartment complex, a 324-unit building, that will "feature amenities like keyless entry systems, which make it easy for a tenant to check short-term guests in and out of their homes, remotely."

A joint statement from Newgard and Airbnb describes the leasing situation as tenants having the opportunity to sign leases to rent units or rooms for up to 180 nights a year, with revenues accrued from renting the units out being shared with the landlords of the property.

Airbnb's director of global multifamily partnerships, the leader of the project, told CNBC that if they find success with this property, "we hope that we'd roll this out across the US and internationally."

"Niido by Airbnb" is an extension of the companies pilot Friendly Buildings Program, which hopes to "help landlords, building residents who are Airbnb hosts and their neighbors," come to agreement for short-term leases.

Leasing information for the property can be found at

The original report from CNBC can be found at



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