How to Talk to Your Landlord About Hosting on Airbnb
For the most of us, finding a permissible unit to host on Airbnb will be the hardest hurdle as it requires some time.
Recently, one of my readers emailed me to tell me that his unit got shut down only after a few months in business.
Because he didn’t tell his landlord and they found out.
There are different approaches to talk to your landlord about Airbnb. In part one, I’ve talked about how to start the conversation. One of the most common negotiation tactics is to offer profit-sharing. But this should really be your last resort.
In my e-course, I teach students how to find landlords that are willingly for you to sublease. Please note that these are only negotiation tactics and aren’t necessary if you know how to pitch landlords with a value proposition. You can find templates on my blog if you want to get serious. However, my e-course will include 9+ templates, which include how to find landlords, how to pitch to them, sublease contract clause, shopping list and many more.
Hosting on Airbnb: Know the rules and regulations
Before you start hosting, know what contracts and rules affect you, such as leases, condo board or co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. Pay special attention to any rules about guests or subletting, and ask your landlord if you’re unsure about anything.
Make sure you understand and comply with these rules before listing your space. If you’ve already listed your space, take some time to review these rules and other laws in your city or state to make sure you’re complying.
Hosting on Airbnb: Make a great first impression
Let your landlord know more about who you are, how you care for your home, and why you want to host on Airbnb.
- Tell your landlord about yourself and why you want to host on Airbnb. If you can’t do this in person, send them a message.
- Show your landlord that you care about your home, your building, and your neighbors. Give them a tour of your space, or share some photos.
Hosting on Airbnb: Let them know we’ve got your back
Let your landlord know how Airbnb is a community built on trust, with trust and safety resources like our $1,000,000 Host Guarantee and our $1,000,000 Host Protection Policy. We also conduct periodic background checks on U.S. guests whenever possible.
Hosting on Airbnb: Create rules that work for everyone
Collaborate with your landlord to set guidelines about when and how you’ll host guests. To show your landlord you’re a responsible host and help them feel more comfortable:
- Agree on how often you’ll be hosting guests
- Set a limit for the number of guests allowed to stay at one time
- Share your home and building rules with each guest. Show your landlord your listing page that details your house rules
- Give your guests emergency phone numbers and a map of emergency exits and evacuation routes
Get your neighbors on board
Show your commitment to being a responsible host by making sure your neighbors are comfortable with you hosting on Airbnb. Let them know that they can report an issue with an Airbnb host or guest, and we’ll reach out to resolve it.
Hosting on Airbnb: Keep everyone in the loop
To avoid any surprises, let your landlord know when you get reservations. They may feel more comfortable with you hosting guests if they know when to expect them. With your guests’ permission, you can also share their names or Airbnb profiles with your landlord so your landlord knows who’s going to be staying in your home.
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