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Some don'ts as an airbnb landlord...

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by Gockie, 8th Jan, 2017.

  1. Gockie

    Gockie I love my home :D Premium Member

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    There are plenty of "dos"... here are a just a few big "donts"

    For rent a room style stays:
    Don't:
    * Lock your guests out of your property if they turn up at your place "late" at night (unless you tell them you will). Example, 11.30pm at night. Host does something to the lock so the guest can't enter with their key.
    * Be inappropriately dressed in public areas at home

    * Full home rentals
    Don't:
    * Drop into the property without notice (btw, I like to provide a reason. Eg. Changing sheets)

    All:
    Don't:
    * Use inappropriate language in your wifi login or password.
    * Have a filthy bathroom
     
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    Did you get locked out?
     
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    Are budgie smugglers inappropriate?
     
  4. Gockie

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    She said "I didn't think you'd come back tonight" :rolleyes:
    I tried the key several times, tried calling her phone a few times and texted her. (But she sleeps in a different room to her phone because she doesn't want the radiation near her all night so she wasn't answering). I contemplated either driving back to your place or sleeping in the car, but firstly I walked around the house, knocking on all the windows. Tried all the other accesses (laundry, living room to outside door) in case sonething was open. No luck. But when I got back to the front door she then opened the door.
    She just didn't think!

    First thing in the morning she gave me a really good apology, and admitted it was her problem (her personal habit is to leave her own keys on the inside side of the door, but then someone else can't then use that locked door to get in). Anyway all is fine, and she realises her error. If she didn't, there would have been a serious negative review which is no good for a newbie host.
    She needs either a different lock or a new habit. (And possibly give guests an alternative way to get in... maybe).
    Newbie host error... as a host, sometimes you have to modify some habits/lifestyle you never thought of before. Luckily she was able to open the door. In any case, I have to give the rest of the stay my full thumbs up. And I can recommend her as a host. And I wish her the best!
    :)
     
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    Gockie I love my home :D Premium Member

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    Around the house in the living room, 100% yes. In a swimming pool..... 95% yes. :p
     
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    All hosts need to do a risk management assessment for their own safety. Do they think about smoke alarms, fire exits and potential rapists. Imagine being a bnb hostess and being scared stiff of nasty guests then this isn't the best career choice.
     
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    I've given smoke alarms and fire exits thought to mine.... rapists... doesn't matter on mine as I don't live there. There is definitely a level of trust you need... or else people could go in and take all your valuables. This host asked to hold one of my IDs while I had one of her keys... I gave her the medicare card.

    Just another thing... I think singular female hosts tend to get the most bookings, followed by couples, then single guys. (@Depreciator may have a different story but he's not average :))

    As a single female traveller, I am comfortable with a female host. Male hosts... im not quite as comfortable with booking. And the house presentation can be less nice with a male host in any case! (There's always exceptions, but there are some truly badly presented listings out there. Why bother?)

    I think the vast majority of women do hospitality really well too, women tend to be good at relating and understanding people's needs. I'm not saying men aren't, but for your typical 20-30 yo man, it's not so much a usual trait. Women understand the need to feel secure and safe in where they stay, and i'd say a higher proportion of female households will usually try to keep a mould free and clean and tidy bathroom than a male would.

    It does take some guts to start as a female host, Ubering or Airbnbing for that matter. However I don't really hear stories in the way of inappropriate behaviour.
     
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