Dear Fellow Host.
I need some advice here. Some of my guests do not have transport while staying and I was thinking of adding a small car to my listing. But I do not want to ad it to my current listing as it stands. Am I allowed to create a second listing the same as my other and then all it Cottage & Car and run it as a different listing and separate price and calendar? I will make sure to keep my calender updated, but just want to check if this is within the Airbnb policy. Your advice will be highly appreciated.
You may have to check local laws to see if you are allowed to rent a car — also your car insurance.
If all that goes well, just make sure you link your calendars — then one booking will block the other.
@MicheleandLouw0 - While you can create a listing that includes a "car", Airbnb will not cover you in any way for it should the guest damage the vehicle in some way. You will be on the hook for any physical injury that they may endure should they get in an accident (including any injury to anyone else). If the guest should steal it, Airbnb is not going to cover you with their Host Guarantee. Your insurance company probably won't cover you either, so you should check before doing this.
My suggestion would be to find the best possible low-cost options that guests can take advantage of while they are staying with you and let them find their own transportation. You have Uber, Hello Cab, and car rental agencies (Avis, Hertz, Bidvest, Europcar) that guests can use. Or send them to CarRentals.com from Expedia. This just sounds like a bad idea and one where some unscrupulous guest will sue you for everything you own because they get in a fender-bender. Please make sure you talk to a lawyer before you start renting a car to total strangers who book a room with you.
Also, My concern is, that if anything will go wrong with the car, the whole experience will be compromised, and it could damage your reviews for the Airbnb unit itself.
@MicheleandLouw0 If you are not using IB then you can certainly do it. It is a very nice idea but update your calender regularly and also make new photos of your listing and upload them in a different order.Good luck!!!
@MicheleandLouw0 Don't use the Air BNB platform for your car rental. @Alice-and-Jeff0 are totally correct. You might run the risk of having your listing pulled. I recall seeing a new business venture in which private car owners can offer their car for rent somewhat like an Uber platform. Perhaps that is available in your area.
I for sure wouldn't do this in the US. Maybe Botswana is different??
But as I recall when ABB books an RV or Boat or such, it must be stationary for the rental term, so not sure that ABB would be on board with the car rental component.
To your original question: two listings are completely fine so long as you manage the calendars well.
So, 2 listings - sure; rent a motor vehicle - don't think so.
@MicheleandLouw0 - I've been thinking.... (watch out!)..... You could have a separate company started for renting just the car and get the appropriate insurance and legal documents. On your Airbnb listing you could note that you have an add-on service that the customer could pay for separately with a completed contract. I believe you could ask for those funds to be paid for through the Resolution Center so you don't have to handle any cash. This wouldn't be unlike charging a guest for the use of your water toys if you have a beachfront property (skee-do, jet ski, boat) or your land vehicles (ATVs, Motorbikes, Mopeds) or for your vacation items not included in the price per night (bicycles, hot tub use, meals). I actually think there is a hybrid way of doing this so it's an add-on, but not in the price (or liability) of Airbnb' nightly rental. This is probably very do-able!
Is it possible to let the person that is renting your house through Airbnb just use your car without charging for it? My car is fully insured and accordingly to my insurer anyone I give permission to drive the car is automatically insured.