Step Three: Choose your amenities and setup FIRST. Why should people spend their real money on your (imaginary) stuff? In my case – as I mentioned back here – I built the skyboxes I wished I had been able to find. They are relatively spacious without being TOO big. A hundred prims isn’t a LOT, but it’s pretty reasonable for most things. I make sure I have working security systems – something that often does NOT work in apartments and skyboxes, with locking doors. Apartments far enough apart that even with using the cam, you’re outside of voice/chat eavesdropping distance – so it doesn’t matter if your neighbor has chickens or barking dogs, and as much privacy as you can get in Second Life.
I help my tenants whenever I can.
My motto is: Simple, basic, and working.
And that brings us to what I do NOT provide. There is no “private sandbox”. No tenants-only club. No beachside resort area (yes, I’ve seen this as a “perk”). There are no winding forest trails (yes, I’ve seen this as a perk as well). There is no official support for TVs or radios.
The last is probably the most controversial. I *do* hand out, on request, a copy of the FreeView TV. If someone wants to deed their @Home TV to the group, they’re more than welcome to… but I’m not responsible for the outcome. I have no desire to split up the parcel in the ways needed for that to work properly, so I won’t claim to support it and then not do so (I’ve seen that trick before as well).
Sometimes things don’t work, or I find a better replacement. JennyX Turbo (aka Designed by Jenny) offered me a new skybox that let me give more prims to the tenant. Excellent value, and so I ran a rolling upgrade. Tenants could schedule an upgrade time, or as they left I would replace the skybox before a new tenant moved in. I discovered the security system had a bug, so did an upgrade of all the security systems over the course of two days. And then I apologize and thank my residents for their patience.