Airbnb-branded apartments will use Latch smart access locks

Complex designed specifically for home sharing will offer guests keyless access

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The first-ever Airbnb-branded apartments will come equipped with smart lock access. On Thursday, Latch, a smart lock technology startup that's developed an access system for multifamily buildings, announced it will provide smart locks to the 324-unit complex currently being built in Kissimmee, Florida, by Miami-based Newgard Development Group. Slated to open in the spring, the complex, designed specifically for home sharing and known as Niido Powered by Airbnb, will allow residents to sublet their spaces up to 180 days a year. Residents who participate in home sharing will be placed into Airbnb’s Friendly Buildings Program, which enables hosts and landlords to share revenue from hosting. Niido plans to use Latch's smart access system to make the subletting process easier and safer. When a guest books a stay at Niido, they'll be given a door code that allows them to access their rental, essential building entry points and common areas. “We are proud to be wor...