What: Silvernest aims to be a combination of AirBnb and Match.com for empty-nesters, who would like to rent out a room for money or chores.

Commissions & fees: $24.99 a month.

Husl $core: $$$$

Where: National 

Requirements:

  • A spare room;
  • pass a background check; 

Review: 

Silvernest aims to be a combination of AirBnb and Match.com for empty-nesters, who would like to rent out a room for money, chores or both.  The site has changed its pay formula numerous times since it’s founding, but currently charges homeowners $24.99 a month. For that you get introduced to renters, automatic rent collection, a sample lease, advice and the ability to re-list when your renter moves.

On the renter side, there are no fees unless homeowners ask for a background check before renting to you. (And they should.) In that case, the renter pays $29.99. The background screen includes: National Criminal record search; County Criminal record search; Eviction History; Social Security number verification; Terror watch list search; Sex offender registry search.

The background screening does not include a credit check. Homeowners should get a credit check on their renters, too. (Here’s a good story that runs through the steps: How to run a credit check on a renter.)

Silvernest’s background screen lasts for 90 days. Thus, if one potential rental doesn’t work out and the renter wants to find another, the renter doesn’t have to pay again as long as you search within that 90-day window.

Recommendations:

Another service, called Nesterly, does much the same. However, it’s geographic reach is far more limited. You may also be interested in our blog post “New options for the house-rich, cash poor.”

What their customers say: (from the BBB)

I used Silvernest to find my father a housemate when he could no longer afford his rent, and it has allowed my dad to stay in his home and age in place. This service felt very secure and we appreciated the option to ask for a background check on the housemate.

Landlord has Alzheimer’s dementia. Constant invasion of privacy. Snooping through my room, inspecting my trash that has body waste in it and demanding answers as to what’s in it. Filling washer with water and leaving it. Washing clothes every day. 2 items. Silvernest does nothing to protect the renters.

 

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