A group of twenty-somethings book your Airbnb for a long weekend, promise the best of intentions, and turn it into a frat house. Drink stains in the rug, vomit stench in the bathroom, and a missing chair. It’s every Airbnb’s host’s nightmare. So what happens next and how do you keep your apartment off fraternity row in the future?
So how safe is Airbnb for hosts? Airbnb host safety, like guest safety, starts with research. As a host, you have the upper hand from the beginning, so take advantage of it. Your page, pictures and reputation should sell your property so leave yourself some room to be stringent when guest inquiries start coming in. Ask your guests specific questions designed to get a feel for their plans. Why are you coming to my city? Is your trip for work or pleasure? Do you plan on going out/partying? How much time will you spend in the apartment? A few general questions will go a long way.
Depending on the responses to these questions, you can conduct your own little background investigation. Checking out your potential guests on social media may provide a window into their lifestyle – particularly into the things they may not mention in initial communications. If they like to party, Facebook will probably let you know.
And if things really pan out badly, the Airbnb host insurance policy covers up to $1 million in damages. This can include property damage and even bodily injury.