DECIDING TO LIST YOUR PLACE ON AIRBNB
When deciding to become an Airbnb host, it’s important for you to understand how the laws work in your city.
Some cities have laws that restrict your ability to host paying guests for short periods. These laws are often part of a city’s zoning or administrative codes. In some cities, you’re required to register, get a permit, or obtain a licence before you list your property or accept any guests.
Certain types of short-term reservations may be prohibited altogether. Local governments vary greatly in how they enforce these laws. Penalties may include fines or other enforcement.
For a list of city regulations in many U.S. cities, click your city below:
In addition to city regulations, you may also need permission to host your place on Airbnb from landlords, Homeowner’s Associations, roommates and neighbors. Consider each of the following and get permission from any that are relevant to you before listing your place on Airbnb.
How to Have Difficult Conversations with Landlords
The reasons for this are many and varied. As a relatively new concept, many landlords (especially older, less tech-savvy ones) will hold unfavorable perceptions of the “sharing economy” and short term rental platforms such as Airbnb. Other reasons include fears of property damage, being fined, voiding insurance policies, or additional inconvenience.
Before approaching your landlord, think about what their particular concerns are likely to be, and the recommendations you’ll put before them to mitigate whatever might be holding them back.
A lot of this will be circumstantial to the relationship you have with them, how long you’ve been in your place, what type of place it is, and the type of person you know your landlord to be.
Below are a few strategies for “winning over” your landlord. Not all of these ideas will be right for everyone so think though your individual circumstances to determine which of these might work best for you.