I apologize in advance for the complexity of this question, but am hoping for solid input from hosts who have actually walked through this issue successfully.
We are preparing to make an offer on a ski resort condo with at least 45 existing nightly bookings. Some of those bookings are on the platform and some were booked using an independent management company. We understand that our contract offer needs to include our request/demand on how we want those bookings to be resolved. So, we need to get this straight in our heads before we can even make the offer.
Have all bookings cancelled and start with a clean slate. (this option would be the cleanest for us but unkind to the guests who booked)
Have the management company switch their bookings to another unit, Or, keep the bookings intact and we would come up with an amount of $$$$ the seller should credit us, at closing, for the existing management company bookings. We would then get all the information on the bookings (so we can manage them), but not handle any finances for those bookings.
Have the seller close their Airbnb account (for this listing) and have Airbnb facilitate transferring those bookings to our account (with the cooperation of the guests). Apparently this is a common solution on Airbnb and other major platforms.
Of course this is not a new predicament, so, how have you hosts successfully made this transition? Some background- we are superhosts and have owned/hosted multiple homes for years, but this is our first time purchasing a place that is already an active str. We have engaged with the building manager, the real estate agent, the mortgage broker, the HOA point of contact and CC&Rs and rules, and various municipal authorities. This booking-transition issue is one of the last pieces of the puzzle for us so we are turning to you guys for guidance. (please don’t pile on about running away from HOAs (that is not the question here) - we have successfully owned str in HOAs for years- and a HOA is really the only way to do a condo in a ski resort- and MANY hosts do it successfully). Thank you in advance for your helpful replies.