What: Giggster allows you to rent your house or car to movie producers and photographers, providing booking, advice and billing

Expected pay: $50 + per hour (you set it)

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Commissions & Fees: 15%

Where: California, New York, Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington State.

Requirements: You must be the owner of the property or have written approval from the owner to rent it out; have good photos; pass a site review; have a phone number, email address (to get and respond to rental requests) and a bank account, where they can direct-deposit your money.

Review:

Giggster is one of several sites that allow property owners to rent a car, house, lot or office space by the hour. While competitors PeerSpace and Splacer specialize in events ranging from birthday parties to showers, Giggster specializes in renting space to photographers and movie makers. 

Renting to movie productions, both professional and student, makes this side hustle a bit unique in several respects. First, your property doesn’t need to be pristine. Site co-founder Mathieu Goudot says the site rented an empty lot in the desert to producers of a horror film, for instance. Listed properties range from elegant beach cottages to tiny ramshackle residences in the suburbs. Each has its own market.

High hourly pay

Better yet, the amount you can and should charge is three- to five-times what you would normally charge to rent your home via Airbnb. Moreover, if you have a luxury or classic car — even a junky classic, like a rusty 1965 Corvair — you may also be able to rent that through Giggster too. Again, because this is for the movies, you can specify that no one drives the car. Or that only you can drive the car, if you’re reluctant to let anyone else spin around in your Mercedes Gullwing or your Packard truck. The rates are generous.

Renter density

On the flip side, there are likely to be far more people on your property than there would be if you were renting to a tourist. That creates its own set of risks, like a greater chance of people hurting themselves on your property or damaging your things.

Giggster addresses those with a $1 million liability policy to cover the property while it is rented. You are also able to add a deposit requirement to your listing, if you choose. And that’s not a bad idea. 

You can also require that renters pay for a “site rep” — an independent individual, who remains onsite throughout filming to make sure the producer doesn’t break your rules or damage your property.

Permits & insurance

Giggster also advises renters to demand to see permits and production insurance documents. Why is that important? Because Giggster’s insurance policy is liability coverage only, which protects you from getting sued if someone gets injured on your property. It does not cover property damage. Property damage coverage would come from the deposit and from the producer’s production insurance policy. 

What we like

What makes this site stand out is that Giggster also only charges its rental fee on the rental. Other sites apply their site fees to everything, including deposits and cleaning fees.

Additionally, the site’s customer support is unparalleled. When you rent through Giggster, you’re likely to get an email from a real person telling you when they’ve sent your payment. If you have a problem, you can email back and they’ll respond. 

Giggster is also incredibly prompt with payments. You get paid for the rental on the day the rental occurs and have 48 hours after the completion of the shoot to report any property damage.

Recommendations

This is our top pick for people willing to rent out their homes for movies and events. However,  you can also find clients through Giggster competitors Avvay, ThisOpenSpacePeerSpace and Splacer

If the site you choose to rent through doesn’t collect deposits or has inadequate insurance, you may want to adjust your listing to require that the renter put up a deposit and/or buy an event policy for the duration of the event being held at your home.

What their users say: (from an interview with SideHusl)

“We make 10-times as much with this than we do with Airbnb. We typically rent the house for $1,000 a day. Over the past year, I’d say we’ve gotten about $20,000 from Giggster. Most of our projects are student projects. New York Film Academy or USC. They pay the rental rate and the cleaning fees. Giggster takes 15%. But then we don’t have to ask for payment. The money comes straight to our bank account.

We had one problem early on, where we had some damage to a floor and we wanted them to cover it with the insurance. We found out that their insurance didn’t cover as much as we thought, so now we always ask for proof of insurance from the film company.” — David Dellinger, Los Angeles IT Professional

Updated 8/10/2021

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