I’ve just started being a host in the last couple of months and I’ve just had a request for someone to rent it by the hour for a photo shoot.
Does anyone have experience of this and if so how and what would I charge them compared to the usual 2 nightly stays.
I've read complaints from hosts in this forum, @Carole215. You would need to create a contract and honestly, it goes beyond Airbnb competences.
You should consider: exposure to damage by the equipment, range of furniture removal/replacement, number of people allowed on the premises, costs they might generate.
Once you figure out the real cost, state your quote. Put it clearly in the house rules that such activities do not go by the casual nightly rate per person.
I would be wary- this could be a thief trying to gain access to your house to scope it out for future theft or what kind of photo shoot? A porno movie?
There are standard rates for photo/filming, check what America charges. I looked it up when someone wanted to film an ad at my place (but I refused to cancel existing booking, so no deal) and it was rather a lot. Over a grand, from memory. Nowhere near standard rates, be careful! Porn is common, check the company.
There are agencies you can join with your location so companies rent directly from them, with legalities in place. Film makers sometimes try to get it cheaper directly from the unaware host.
@Carole215 also the abb system does not recognize anything less than a nightly rental, so your calendar will be blocked for the night, and if they overstayed the agreed time, ABB would be no help at enforcing your hourly deal
I am a photographer who just thought about renting a room for a photoshoot. I think just like hotels, the the cost should be for the amount you would charge anyone for the entire night. The legalities of using your home for commercial purposes should probably, no it should require some type of lease contract for the space. That way you can stipulate what things are allowed to be done with the space. Also you could require a substantial security deposit. Mind you I am suggesting all of this prior to really looking into it fully. I shoot all types of photography but I am going to start shooting Boudoir and it would be cool to shoot in different locations.
I’ve used a location for a photoshoots in the past. I’m far from a professional. More of a pro hobbyist. I could use Splacer, but some places are $300 with a four hour minimum. Which is great if it’s commercial work and you’re getting paid. So I do come to Airbnb every now and then. I’m not sneaky about it. At the end of the day, these are people’s homes. I just feel that you should respect the host, and let them know before you book, what you have in mind. Let them say yes or no.