Welcome To Your Smart Home Experience! Some Apartment Tenants Are Not Fans Of The Latest Trend.
CityLine, an apartment complex in Columbia City, had a SmartRent launch party to introduce the tenants to home automation devices that were to be installed in the apartments.
The “smart home experience” involves outfitting apartments with a smart lock from Yale, two water sensors, a touchscreen thermostat, a smart plug for appliances, and a wireless hub from Alloy to connect all the devices.
Additional devices can be bought separately. The homeowners or tenants can control these devices via an app and also communicate with Google Home or Alexa. Since this was not optional, many tenants were apprehensive of the plan and were worried about potential data breaches.
If the users were not willing to let their data get up on the web, they could use the features manually instead of using the app. However, the landlord and SmartRent would have access to certain data. Another aspect is the rent. While initially the tenants were told that there would no change in rent, there still was a sudden hike besides charges for compulsory insurance.
While this kind of smart homes might become the norm in the future, doing so suddenly can be uncomfortable. However, it can save a lot of energy and money in the long-term, considering the various sensors and devices used. At the end of the day, while it is a great option, smart homes should not be forced on the tenants. Instead, it should become their first choice.
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