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A few months ago our fellow community member Theresa (Florian and Theresa), who hosts in Germany, created a fantastic guide in the German Community Center sharing her 10 top tips for making long-term hosting successful.
Her tips range from platform settings to house rules and include advice around cleaning, plus her best scenario for long-term bookings. To quote Teresa’s words ‘You will get on so well with your guests, there won't be any closed doors in your accommodation’. 🙂
A blog article including all of Theresa's tips can be read here: Long-term stays
In the meantime, what about you? Do you offer long-term hosting? Do you prepare yourself any differently to when you host short-term guests and have you any other tips?
I can't wait to hear your tips and experiences.
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The problem remains for people in the US who live in tenant friendly states where the 'guest' is granted tenant rights after only 30 days, and would thus have to be legally evicted. This is a huge barrier to long term rentals in many areas.
@Mark116 Hello Mark, I agree. Is NJ a tenant-friendly state that grants tenant rights after 30 days? Is there anything different you do for guests staying past 30 days - or do just not do longterm stays?
@Ali-and-Sade0 We don't take them for that reason. Some hosts have short term guests [longer than 30 days, shorter than 1 year] sign a waiver of their tenant rights, but I'm not sure how enforceable that would be if push came to shove, you would almost certainly still have to go to court, but it would probably be some level of deterrent for bad actors.
@Mark116 "sign a waiver of their tenant rights" - that seems something that could be helpful. Airbnb doesn't seem to be providing any information or promises of protection if a guest decides to squat. I can't find any info on this on Airbnb site, even though Airbnb in encouraging hosts to allow long-term stays.
@Ali-and-Sade0 if you get guests to sign a waiver which contravenes local laws, it is unlikely to be enforceable.
It's probably better to have a screening process that ensures you have guests that are a good fit for your situation.
@Christine1 I think you make a good point about contravening local laws. Thank you.
Airbnb is a platform for us to promote our listings and connect with guests. They focus on helping hosts maximise income by promoting quantity and length of guest stays, with guidelines regarding our rights and responsibilities around interactions with each other.
The next level of consideration is local laws across different nations and jurisdictions. There are numerous variations, and changes are ongoing in local and state governances outside of Airbnb. Airbnb cannot advise hosts about how to respond to their local laws, we each need to figure out what works best for our own personal situations. The best they can do is to continue to remind hosts to ensure they understand and comply with the latest advice from their local authorities.
Yes, it's restrictive.
Screen guests to ensure a good match, and proceed with caution.
All the best. Christine
Hello, my unit is in Los Angeles. I think California grants "tenancy rights" to renters who rent for 30 days or more. Could that create a problem for the host? For example, if guest decides not to leave, host has to get attorney and go to court (like in the film Pacific Heights https://g.co/kgs/6zResn) Can you prevent such a scenario by having the long term guest sign a contract when they arrive? What would such a contract look like?
What to do when guest staying for 2 months just decided to up and leave on a cruise?
Without notifying me
@Joshua485 , what is your concern regarding this? Perhaps knowing your concern would allow us to support you better?
I sometimes have guests who book a longer stay, and within their booked dates, they will travel away for short trips and then return to the accommodation.
As long as the property is safe and secured during their absence, no problem.
Best regards, Christine.
Has anyone seen large groups book longterm stays?
We have a large property that sleeps 20.
Am thinking of offering it long term, until now I've had it on 28 day maximum and the largest group that stayed longer than a week or so was 4 people.
I wonder what sort of large group would want to stay in a place for months. Maybe a group of scientists doing field work on some project?
You might want to seek corporate bookings if you want longer term stays that travel in groups.
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Another thought on the SuperHost algorithm:
We live in a region where hosting is definitely 'seasonal'. Winter months are not booked much and this rhythm, with the potential for long spells of no guests, should be considered in the calculations.
Airbnb = Short-term stays.
Airbnb is a great tool for short-term stays. It was their original intent.
Airbnb is terrible for long-term stays.
1. Their commission is burdensome without adding value.
2. The financial risk is too high. Airbnb may make an arbitrary decision to withhold payment.
3. Host has limited rights.
4. Suing the guest is difficult.
There is a reason renters normally provide high Cash deposits, provide credit, bank, employment and ID records, and fill out application forms. Airbnb's standard is much less. A tenant may only have a phone number and get housing.
Hi @Christophe259, I would not recommend renting six month via this platform.
Hey guys, we would like to rent our 2 bedroom appartment in Brooklyn for 6 months as we are going to live in California from November to May, it does not seem like this feature is available as I cannot set my dates after March 2019...anyone ever rented for a long period of time on Airbnb?
You would do better using Craigslist. Do a credit check, require 1st and last months rent and a sizable deposit.
In some states and cities long term rentals could lead you into problems due to squatters rights. I would suggest you communitcate with whoever is wanting to rent it long term and tell them you only offer 30 day rentals. However, at the end of that 30 days they are welcome to SIGN A NEW LEASE AGREEMENT with dates showing only for that 30 day period. Then repeat the process after each 30 days. This will protect you, but I would suggest you look into your laws for your area first.
If the first booking is handled through Airbnb, that's fine. But let the guests know any additional time is dealing directly with you.