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Aversion to smart home gear in rentals could stall sector enthusiasm

The past few months have seen a trickle of lawsuits and a smattering of news coverage concerning pre-installed or now-mandated smart home equipment in rental properties, which have faced significant consumer backlash. It seems that landlords and property management companies might have been overenthusiastic in installing the latest gadgetry, and could fall foul from this hostility. Newly built homes for sale seem the best place for smart home pre-installations. They allow a buyer to spec the build out how they like, paying extra for the devices and services they want, as they would choose the paint colors and flooring options. It enables a buyer to move in to a premium-feel home, especially if the smart home installers do their job…

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