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Just received an email from AirBnB about new terms of service…
Does anyone know of a reference document that highlights what exactly is changing? A summary of changes with some commentary?
1.2 As the provider of the Airbnb Platform, Airbnb does not own, create, sell, resell, provide, control, manage, offer, deliver, or supply any Listings or Host Services. Hosts alone are responsible for their Listings and Host Services. When Members make or accept a booking, they are entering into a contract directly with each other. Airbnb is not and does not become a party to or other participant in any contractual relationship between Members, nor is Airbnb a real estate broker or insurer. Airbnb is not acting as an agent in any capacity for any Member, except as specified in the Payments Terms.
It’s a long document. Are these two things actually in there? Collecting tax upon arrival has always been a method advocated by Airbnb. I don’t do that; instead, I state that the tax amount is included, and I name the percentage for my county and state. Then I have to figure out the proportions when I do my quarterly sales tax.
But not requesting a higher price makes no sense whatsoever. The higher price would be for that extra person as stated in a host’s rules, or other exceptions that make their stay more expensive. That’s what the special offers are supposed to be about.
Good grief. If Airbnb finally got their act together, and started collecting local hotel taxes from guests, I would be glad not having to collect this on arrival.
Other than that, I think the most important thing about the AirBnB TOS Update 2017 is the fact that for some hosts, fees will now go up from 3% to 5%, following the successful trial done in Italy and San Francisco.