I just got this message on my account "We have noticed that guests in your area are looking for longer stays close to home. Consider updating your length of stay. Help out your community. Get started here."
We use our cottage as a weekend place and have no interest in longer-term guests. It seems ironic if everyone is being told to stay put that Airbnb wants them to stay put in the place that realistically we would go to ourselves if one of us got sick and really needed to be away from others. I now have the option of approving longer stays than my 7 night limit. I won't be doing that. Not all of our guests have cancelled. How is this helping out my community?
Is anyone else seeing this message or is this something just in my market?
@Lisa723thanks for answering the question. Perhaps you can share your ideas in the new discussion group for COVID-19 that was just created. I am sure that the participants in that group would appreciate the resources you have to show with them. Best of luck!
If an existing guest that's been there for 2 weeks already, extends their initial reservation from 3 weeks without a discount, to a total of 5 weeks, do they automatically get the monthly discount we've set up, applied to their entire stay?
@Tom2592 If the monthly discount doesn't apply automatically, I think another option could be using the "send a special offer" function to charge them just the difference of what they owe you for the extension. Hope this helps~
I am in New York and we are the epicenter. I'm going to eat crow and say @Helen3 and @Lisa723 are correct. The locals flocking to Airbnbs, inns in the suburbs of NYC and upstate are spreading COVID inadvertently. I expect any stays booked will be canceled and I've blocked my calendar for the next few months.
One thing everybody seems to be forgetting - if every host closed their doors now and hunkered down until this thing is over (or actually even until April 14), Airbnb would be gone bankrupt and out of business in a hot minute. They're already on the skids as it is, and frantically trying to raise more money from new investors, who are valuing the company at a fraction of its last valuation. Starting to look very much like a replay of the We Work debacle..
Lots of reports circulating of Airbnb hosts evicting medical professionals, first responders etc too. This is not going to end well.
Got the same message. It's probably a regular advertising. There is no such a a tendency here. The virus outbreak is in the middle of nowhere-the virus is still spreading around. All our major cities are blocked. People can go outside only if they have special documents, allowing them to travel. Most of the real estate companies are closed. And apart from the virus, we are under heavy snow cover. It was snowing for the past 3 days and now there is 20+ cm snow outside. Parks, gardens and winter resorts are closed. The state of emergency will probably continue after April 14. Most of the flights are canceled. Near 80% of them. The accommodation market will not be able to avoid the stagnation. It's not sure, that there will be summer tourist season at all.
So, most of the hosts will be without choice and will go on the long-therm tenant market (when there is a long-therm market). The good news is, that for the most of the hosts, ABB is not the primary source of income. Many people are coming back from abroad-without money, without job, etc. The official statistics says, that there is 6000+ new unemployed for the last week. The biggest job search site says, that 13000 job postings are withdrawn for the same time.
@Dimitar27 its really fascinating how different jurisdictions are handling this and hearing what is in place in different states and countries is quite an eye opener. Thanks for posting this info!
We are still very much in compliance in our state, but if the mandates change, we will too. We have turned down requests-- a couple from NYC who wanted to get away from their apartment and wanted to visit friends, a retired couple who were leery about staying because of a health condition but just going stir crazy, etc. We are still honoring stays that have not canceled and are hosting law enforcement who have been called to the area to help. We do our diligence with cleaning and informing guests about the situation in the area. I see a lot of other hosts who are decrying this situation in the CC but listings are up and bookings are available/stays still happening. I think people are trying to manage the best they can and we all come from a variety of perspectives. I think its important to understand that, approach with caution and follow your local guidelines. I certainly would not judge anyone who took their listing down, nor would I be upset anyone who kept theirs up (unless they were involved with shaming others for the same thing!)
It will be very interesting to see what this does to the long term rental market. We have no plans to make our cottage available to tenants long term but others may have to think about that. We would probably turn to using our space for events and photos instead as we already have some of that business.
My listing is also alive, but it will be a science fiction to expect new bookings for the next 2 months or even to the end of the year. The good news is, that we don't have so many people infected. 242-total, 3 dead and less then 10 in serious condition for the past 2 weeks.
On the other side, the long-therm market depends on the economic situation.