A new app called Swimply allows homeowners to rent out their swimming pools for others to enjoy this summer. It's like Airbnb for pools!
The app lets people rent out their backyard pool by the hour: users get some much-needed relief from the hot summer sun, owners get extra cash in their pocket. Some are reportedly making thousands of dollars in the process.
Some people have found great deals in places like the Hollywood Hills where they can rent a pool for $60 per hour.
The website, which was featured on the TV show Shark Tank, now has thousands of pools to choose from in over a dozen states including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia.
Prices range from $15 to $300 an hour, depending on how much luxury the renter is looking for. Listings describe the pool dimensions, depth, and amenities like available bathrooms, shade, diving board, and lounge chairs.
“It’s better than going to the beach and being around a bunch of people who aren’t wearing masks, who might get too close to you,” said one Swimply user.
The CDC says there’s no evidence COVID-19 can be spread to humans through pools which has given the platform a boost during the pandemic. And although some listings do allow for groups, now is not the time for pool parties.
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