We’re very pleased to announce a brand new board on the Community Center: the New to Hosting board!
This is a dedicated space where new hosts can share their beginner questions and stories, and we encourage all of you lovely experienced hosts to share the wisdom of your journeys and support of new members.
We’ve moved some amazing threads over to the board already so there’s some great tips to get new hosts started: a big thanks to all of you who contributed on them over the past few months and years.
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It’ll be great to see how the CC has helped all manner of hosts in different ways and share your appreciation for your fellow community members.
@Carla1205 Eight months is good money but I assume discounted from your short term pricing. If you don't get on with the guest 8 months is a very long time. Also Airbnb are not overly suitable for long term lets as there is no proper rental agreement, no deposit and only the first months rent collected.
I'm hosting for few months and I have 2 rooms for hosting. One of it have been hosted for long time. More than month. Another could be host from 1 till 30 days.
Yesterday I received strange information. The guy made a reservation and send me a message on the same time to cancelled it. I done what he was asking about, but was curled what had happened. He wrote time that my offer was not available from 02.07 till 20.07 and he mistakely tried to make a reservation from 02.07 till 15.07 that is why he was asking for canceled.
If that possible to get some help with that situation. The place was free for rhat time and i doubled checked that i give the permision for staying max 30 days so that should be all right.
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We have just hosted our first guest for 27 days and let's just say it has been the most bizarre experience ever!
We had an enquiry just about the day after the house was posted. It was originally for 18 days as they were building a house that wasn't completed yet. I was there to meet them when they arrived. They were very happy with the house and wanted to stay longer - so we agreed on an extra 9 days. They came back asking if we would host them for several months as their house now wasn't finished. We said no for all of the reasons the original post did here.
The last day they were meant to be out by 11 however they slept in and asked for longer time and offered to pay. I told them that was fine, and tooing and froing meant they eventually left at 8pm. No big deal, we didn't have another booking until the following weekend. Here's where it gets bizarre!
First of all in a communication about whether they needed me to pick up washing, the guest told me that she had bought us a coffee table, assuring me that it matched our current furniture. I thought that was nice of her and said so, as she told me it was a gift.
Eventually, when I went there on the Monday, I hardly recognised the place - not in a bad way! She had bought all this stuff, including artwork on the walls, extra cushions, the coffee table as well as a nest of tables, a draught stopper, curtains HUNG over the sliding door and windows (very nice stuff complete with tiebacks), a computer screen on the desk, and numerous decorative pieces. Lots of things that we were planning on doing as we went along. I was walking around in shock! At least she had very nice taste!
All well and good, even though there were a few little things missing, I'm like oh well we've got far more than we've lost. Except that as I went I found more things missing and today hubby said to me "the Fire TV dongle has been taken out of the back of the TV and the remote has gone." Now I am concerned. I wasn't worried about the one set of towels, a doona, a little electric handheld mixer, the 20 wooden coathangers, the comforter that was ruined with candlewax, or the fact she had rearranged all the cupboards and I still haven't worked out completely what else might be gone. But the Fire TV is a subscription service for which we are paying a monthly fee! She did leave a DVD player lol.... oh and I forgot she still has the set of keys her partner forgot to leave behind.
I have been going back and forth with her today, asked her to return the keys and the fire stick and because I think she is a little off centre, we are going to change the locks and put in a keypad entry. What is worse is that we have just gone into a 7 day lockdown (I live in Melbourne Australia) and so this will be her excuse now not to return anything.
Now tonight I have had an enquiry from someone with no profile and only a verified email address, saying they have purchased a house but settlement won't be until mid December (normally a long settlement here is 90 days not 120) and it is just him and a child. Ironically that is the same amount of time the previous guest requested. I did decline the request because I thought just answering his enquiry would not work (lesson learnt).
I thought I would share this experience because I have a couple of friends who have airbnb's here and they have just thought it was the most weird experience they had heard of.
What concerns me is that she has a key and although my hubby is working there during the day, I'm a little apprehensive that she might come there when she sees there is no one there tonight. I did say to her I was happy to pack up all the things she had purchased and have them ready for her, but she said they were all gifts. There was a brand new vacuum cleaner sitting next to mine! When I said she had left it she said "oh you can have that if you like". I said to her it was fine I didn't need it!
So that was my baptism of fire into airbnb lol...
I'll be divorcing my husband if anything goes wrong as we currently only have landlord insurance not the one for short term rentals, because he hasn't done the paperwork. However as it is his birthday tomorrow so he may get to live for another day lol....
Hi @Robyn383 I was wondering if these items aren't stollen, you don't know what people are up to these days. Definitely change the locks. I would also shorten the number of days stay. Just heard on the radio that people are being evicted because of non or reduced rent payments has been passed in the Victorian courts today that landlords can now legally move people on. I would ask yourself do you want short term rental or permanent rental accommodation.
I am new to hosting my unit, and will be off of my property managers contact starting the 18th of this month.
I've seen this happen before, where the property manager will not remove the clients listing off of Airbnb and other booking sites for months.
They do this to get guests inquire about that specific property, which is no longer being managed by this property manager, and the property manager will say "Oh, that one is booked, but here is another one that we manage and is available."
So basically using an ex clients photos/property when the client is no longer with that property manage, to promote their website and/or get them to book off of the booking sites.
To me that is fraud.
IF my ex property manager does not remove my listing off of Airbnb and other booking sites, what steps do I need to take?
How long should I wait till they remove the listing off of Airbnb and the other booking sites?
Hello, I am contemplating whether to rent out or AIRBNB host my house? I m planning on moving out of state ASAP and don t wanna sell the house. I can rent in out ~$3000-3500/ month wondering if it s more profitable to Airbnb???
Any pointer will help , thanx.
@Serj0 You need to look at Airbnb prices for similar properties and then do the math. Bear in mind that you will be responsible for ALL utility, cleaning and other costs when running an Airbnb. See what the break even point is with respect to occupancy. If it is high then commercially it will be better to rent long term. If it is low then perhaps short term rental is best.
BUT please do recognise that STR from out of state is going to be very difficult as you will need good (expensive) local support backed by insurance (again expensive).
@Serj0 There is more to consider than just the dollars and cents. A responsible, hassle-free, long-term tenant, who has presented you with references, has a good, secure job, from whom you have taken a reasonable security deposit, and who will treat your place with respect can be worth their weight in gold.
Short term guests are luck-of-the-draw, and having to repair and replace things on a regular basis, not to mention the scammer guests who try to get refunds for bogus complaints and leave bad reviews, etc, just make your life stressful and what you anticipated as profit goes down the drain in repairs or Airbnb deciding to believe the guest's lies and refunding them.
There are also expenses you may not have considered, like having a reliable co-host, a good cleaning service, constant replacement of bedding and towels, maintenance services (short term guests tend to be hard on things), yard and pool maintenance, high utility bills (guests will leave the AC blasting even if they are out all day) city licenses and short-term rental insurance.
If your place is in LA, that seems to be one of the areas that attract partiers who trash houses. I certainly wouldn't want to try to remotely manage an entire house listing unless it was somewhere in the boonies that just attracted quiet, responsible guests.