Does Airbnb allow a company to have a host account… or do their terms legally prohibit a company or business to set up an account? Their interface and the general gist of the service is designed to represent mostly individual hosts. However every once in a while I see a business or property management company have a host profile with tens if not hundreds of listings. Are these hosts allowed to do that? I certainly don’t see any hotels advertising on Airbnb so I’m pretty sure hotels and maybe even bed and breakfast entities would be prohibited, but where does Airbnb draw the line? If someone creates a host profile and shows only their business name on there and not their personal details… will that be against the site’s terms?
Also from a marketing perspective, will guests trust a company host more because they’re an official entity or would they be put off because they’ll feel like they’re getting just another corporate apartment that is more like a hotel or extended stay housing and may not be as unique, one-of-a-kind and home-like as an individual’s place?