Being an AirBnB host
Updated: Apr 15, 2020
AirBnB is the short for air matress and breakfast. It is a platform where guests looking for housing can find hosts who have room/space available for them to stay.
Initially I went on AirBnB’s website looking for a place to stay while in NYC, but after navigating through all the rooms I thought why not list my place on there. The very next day after posting my listing, I had my first reservation and said hello to extra cash! You can set your own rates, cleaning fee, and security deposit. AirBnB collects a "service fee" from both host and guest, and that’s how they make their money. I have not had any problem with guests since I signed up last month.
Is it safe? There are no background checks made on either the host or guest. As a host you can require people to upload their state issued ID before making a reservation. Each guest is able to review their host and vice versa, and you can also chat with the host before the booking. Those two things help initiate some trust in the host- guest relationship.
Update on 9/1/2017: I have temporarily unlisted my place from Airbnb.
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