No matter where you are around the world, as an Airbnb host, you are ultimately responsible for the safety and comfort of your guests, regardless of whether or not you’re only renting a single room or an entire house. Home sharing also always involves some risks that you must learn how to deal with or prevent to avoid untoward accidents and even lawsuits!
This article will tell you what you need to do to become a consistently responsible Airbnb host for any occasion.
Keep your rental clean and disinfected.
The pandemic has intensified the need for Airbnb hosts or anyone dealing with the accommodations sector to ensure the cleanliness of their rental space. In fact, there are actually existing global standards for disinfection that you should be following for you and your guests’ safety.
Now with these tedious standards, it’s kind of difficult to actually do the cleaning by yourself, so as a responsible host, I suggest you hire a professional to do the cleaning for you. The best part? It’s no longer difficult to do so with all the cleaning services available online. You can even search for the ones nearest your place, like if you have a rental in Nashville within Tennessee, you can hire someone like Tidy TN to do the dirty work for you.
Prioritize the safety and privacy of your guests.
To ensure the safety of your guests, you should have all the necessary emergency contact information available to them at all times. These pieces of information like emergency hotlines, the fire department, and even a hospital should be written down on a piece of paper that is visible inside the rental. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also have emergency supplies available for your guests like bandages, emergency lights, and water in case something happens like a storm, a power outage, or even an earthquake.
If your rental is in a building, you have to make sure that the smoke detectors and sprinklers are working fine before accepting bookings. Emergency exits must also be communicated well to guests.
For privacy concerns, you also need to tell your guests where the security cameras are located.
Follow the Law.
Each state or area has pertinent property and business laws that you must strictly adhere to, to avoid fines and lawsuits. If you’re simply renting out a room at home, then you’re probably good to go. But if your rental home is in a separate location, it pays to know the state laws and follow them religiously. This includes paying taxes and knowing the rights of your guests and yourself as a property owner.
Make your own House Rules.
It may look like you’re restricting the movements of your guests so much, but having your own set of house rules, on top of building rules, means you’re protecting not just your guests but also yourselves from possible liability.
Take note that your house rules must also match the existing rules of Airbnb itself. This includes a global ban on partying inside rental homes to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Airbnb has been pretty strict about this so it’s best to leave the rowdy crowd out of your potential guest list
No matter what you do, you can’t always fully prepare for accidents. So the next best thing is to get your rental property insured. With insurance, you protect your profits and yourself from problems that are out of your control. Remember that being a responsible Airbnb host doesn’t just cover being good to your guests, but also being good to yourself. Let’s face it, Airbnb hosting is a business and you have to make the most of it.
Renting out a place on Airbnb is one of the easiest and most lucrative property businesses available today. You just have to be wise about who to let in and how to manage them to avoid having problems and maximize your profitability.