Rentals United

Rentals United

by Rentals United

Who Uses Rentals United?

Rentals United is the premier channel management solution designed for medium to large vacation rental managers. The open technology platform distributes seamlessly across major listing sites.

What Is Rentals United?

Rentals United offers an intuitive platform that updates property information and automatically updates it across multiple listings sites. Connecting to 60+ channels, as well as 100+ technology providers, Rentals United provides reliable two-way connections, a scalable API and multiple distribution solutions. As the enterprise software used by 60% of the worlds top 20 property managers, Rentals United trusted partners include Airbnb, Booking, HomeAway, and Google.

Rentals United Details

Rentals United

http://rentalsunited.com/

Founded 2014

Rentals United Pricing Overview

Rentals United does not have a free version and does not offer a free trial.

Free Version

No

Free Trial

No

Deployment

Cloud, SaaS, Web

Training

Live Online

Webinars

Documentation

Support

Business Hours

Online

Rentals United Features

Channel Management Software
Campaign Management
Channel Analytics
Incentive Management
Inventory Control
Lead Management
Opportunity Management
Order Management
Partner Management
Product Management
Reseller Management
Commission Management
Contact Management
Guest Communications
Guest Experience Management
Housekeeping Management
Lead Management
Owner Statements
Payment Processing
Reservations Management
Vendor Management
Work Order Management

Rentals United Reviews

Showing 5 of 118 reviews

Overall
4.1/5
Ease of Use
4.1/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
3.9/5
Value for Money
4/5
Jarry S.
Franchisee - Owner
Real Estate, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    5/5
  • Customer Support
    5/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 29/08/2018

"Outstanding Customer Service"

Comments: We recently resolved our problem on securing the payment and the double booking. The Customer Service in Rentals United is world-class and I never felt alone as I go through the process. The support staff helped me all throughout - from set-up to the actual operation. She was available all the time even thru chat/email/conference-calls for customer concerns. She gave me the resources where to find the info I need and was able to fix the problem. And this is raising the bar of Customer Service because in this fast changing world - people, human interaction, problem-solving, technology, and after sales service, matters. We should place customer service as a top priority that makes our products worthwhile. Profit should always be last as it follows when everything works fine!

Pros: I work remotely as an assistant to a Property Manager who is also a Realtor. It's just the right app we needed to increase the revenue from the leased properties. Booking confirmations are pouring in, you just have to manage it well.

Cons: You just have to read rules and policies for each of the channels, and be subject to their rules. Other than that everything is fine!

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 29/08/2018
Irene A.
Revenue & Pricing Manager
Hospitality, 13-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
  • Overall Rating
    4/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Features & Functionality
    3/5
  • Customer Support
    4/5
  • Value for Money
    Unrated
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    8/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 10/01/2019

"Serviced Apartments Channel Manager "

Comments: Pleased working with them, they will work on any issues rise but it takes just a little bit longer. They do come back with solutions and also suggestions. Overall the channel manager is working well with serviced apartments.

Pros: Dashboard provide information summary information such as how many properties, how many bookings and how many channels connected. There are more details display on total arrival, bookings the next 7 days and all bookings the past 30 days. Which is quite handy, to have a glance look if we need to search booking arrival within a week. On Services, Sales Channel, it displays all the channels which is connected and showing any listing errors
Guest planner is a great overview for bookings and you can search bookings on it as well.
On My Bookings, we can filter bookings based on arrival or when the booking is made and also from certain channel, confirmed or cancelled bookings, this information can be exported to Excel file On my properties, if you work with ResHarmonics, then any data loaded in resharmonics for the properties will be transferred to RU on this page. Where we can view the property page as guest and the link can be sent to guests where they can check the rates and also make the booking from the link

Cons: Can't delete or hide the past sales channel even though we are no longer working with them There is no error notification sent back to us by RU if the rates or LOS sent to OTA failed. Expedia and Booking.com has maximum 28 days booking window and if by mistakes we send an update, where there is a minimum 3 nights on certain dates and remaining length of stay is 30 days. This update will fail in nights restrictions,but rates will be updated and the minimum nights will revert back to 1 night in Expedia as they don't accept more than 28 days LOS. Reporting errors, we need to fill the forms online, which takes more time then sending an email to support. It would be easier if we could send an email to support team and auto email response created the case number instead of fillings all the questionnaire. Support team is great, but it does take time for them to come back and help to rectify the error. You will hear the response within 72 hours since the case is raised

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 10/01/2019
Areti V.
Manager
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
  • Overall Rating
    1/5
  • Ease of Use
    1/5
  • Features & Functionality
    1/5
  • Customer Support
    1/5
  • Value for Money
    1/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    0/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 27/05/2018

"The worst experience ever! Don't trust them you will lose your money "

Comments: Less 600euro from my bank account

Pros: From where to start & when to finish! It is one of the experiences that i don't want to deal any more. In order to push the sail i have been mis sold a product that is not even able to synchronize the channels that i have already been as a customer, because i needed to have at least 5 properties with RU (never mentioned before the purchase). The customer support is one of the worst, i have been promised that after i buy their service they will deal with everything and i will enjoy my free time! This never happened since I had to spend three times more time of what i used to! I am using Tripadvisor, booking.com, Airbnb & HomeAway for my properties - the chanel was able to chanel manage only 1 of them! YOU have to do all the settings on your own, they provide you some NON updated pdf files and they expect you to do all the settings for all the chanels. In case you do something wrong is very difficult to contact them immediately since they work from 8am - 6pm and they have weekends and bank holidays off (no chance for working people to contact them).
The software is just rubbish - there is the option to bring external calendars from other channels and this is just decorative. It can show the correct availability for few hours but after that be prepared to stay awake the entire night in order to make corrections. I wasted my money to make them reacher!

Cons: Since theys service was not functional i did request to add my fifth room for free or otherwise give me a refund! They executive decision did not accept to give the refund but charge me more for the fifth room.
*The policy sais that you have the right to break the contract within 14 days - They booked my first appointment 7 days after i did the payment that unfortunately was canceled after the property manager was not medically feed to proceed with the introduction and rebooked it 3 or 4 days later. As you understand i didn't have much time to understand what rubish I have been sold. When i asked for refund the same property manager rejected my request since the 2 weeks past!!!???
Pls Do Not trust them - they can only successfully take your money and provide nothing more!

Vendor Response

by Rentals United on 22/06/2018

Hi Areti

I'm sorry you've had such a poor experience using Rentals United.

Regretfully both Homeaway and Tripadvisor have a 5 property minimum requirement when a customer coming from either a channel manager or PMS. Our sales people are advised to inform all potential customers this information.

During this period and also during the on-boarding schedule, it's made very clear that we are a software as a service. meaning that we do not do all the work for you and our rates reflect this. It requires work by you to ensure your properties can go live which is why we set a 30 day introduction & training period.

I would be happy to start your contract from today with the intention of getting you live in those channels you can work with through us.

We have many happy clients working with us and our platform generates 1000's of bookings.

Please contact me directly at [email protected] and I'd be happy to help.

Thanks

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 27/05/2018
Steven T.
Managing Director
Hospitality, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    4/5
  • Features & Functionality
    3/5
  • Customer Support
    4/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 05/03/2020

"Does everything you need it to do!"

Comments: We were a very early adopted of RU platform some 4 years ago now and have seen huge improvements in speed of the site, response time to issues and the general professionalism of the business. RU is at the forefront of channel connections and simply do what they say they can do. Our key account Manager [SENSITIVE CONTENT HIDDEN]has been excellent over the last year or so and has added a human touch to some complicated tech issues.

Pros: It just works, makes very complicated connections fairly straight forward, with very little training my team learn how to use the software quickly. The most important element is 'trust' and we trust Rentalsunited with our properties connections.

Cons: User interface could do with a little updating.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 05/03/2020
Sam S.
Director
Hospitality, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
  • Overall Rating
    4/5
  • Ease of Use
    4/5
  • Features & Functionality
    4/5
  • Customer Support
    4/5
  • Value for Money
    5/5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 17/08/2018

"Getting us connected"

Comments: Overall I am happy with Rentals United and think it is good value for money. Like everything, you need to invest some of your own time to get what you want out of it. I have a good working relationship with my account manager and I hope it lasts a lot longer too with a positive output for us.

Pros: Rentals United is a great way to connect to channels to get your inventory out to the masses. It is pretty easy to use but then I integrated via our booking software which saved a huge amount of time. I could imagine it being pretty heavy having to load each individual property if you have a portfolio of 10 or more properties. As I am a small agency with 33 properties, I am assigned an account manager and we have fortnightly calls to make sure all is running as it should be. If there are issues in between those calls, you can raise a support ticket which normally gets answered within 48 hours.

Cons: We struggled initially to get our software and RU to work seamlessly together on rates and restrictions but now that is all sorted, it's very easy. For those needing to load rates manually, there is no 'clone' tool to use the same rate periods for your properties on your portfolio but then adjust rates which makes it a laborious task when you need to enter the same rate periods over and over for multiple properties.
We still have an ongoing issue where the balance due date on HomeAway integrations gives the day of arrival which is not what we want so we basically risk confusing the guest and refer them to the T&Cs they should read when booking via HomeAway which states balance payments are 8 weeks before arrival date. Rentals United say they will fix this but it's not imminent.
It can be tough to speak to someone if there is an urgency to your requirement but overall, I have not had a nervous breakdown because of it!

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 17/08/2018