As it is right now, depending on where you live, any additional requirement that you include with your listing make your listing less attractive to the overall crowd.
I’ll explain better: For example, where I live there are presently 10,000 listings in this city alone. That doesn’t include the surrounding area, which probably adds couple of thousands more.
My point being, a lot of hosts, just so they can get a booking don’t ask for anything and settle for anything, which ends up making your listing less favorable.
I’m talking about hosts who don’t ask for any verifications, have instant booking on, have unreasonably low prices, don’t ask for deposit, don’t decline people with bad feedback, and so on; Which here nowadays almost everywhere is doing this.
Unfortunately, unless you can afford to be choosy about your guests, chances are these days you will get 3rd party booking for someone, people breaking the house rules, people acting like carp because they know how desperately you need that 5-star rating, and so on.
I feel like hosts (the good ones), are forced to stretch their limits in order to stay in the game. Verification is almost worthless now. Even if they have their government ID verified, I see people still doing all kinds of nonsense and getting away with it.
I feel like the Airbnb gives considerably more power and value to guests. Hosts who base their life on the Airbnb earnings are now subject to all kinds of unfair treatments. Until Airbnb doesn’t explain better to guests how the rating system works (which isn’t like rating a damn hotel), and stop expecting from hosts only 5-star ratings, this kind of things will continue to happen and there not much we can do about it.
You can follow and expect your guest to follow the rules, sure, but ultimately it all depends on how much do you really want your place to be rented ….
p.s. sorry for the long reply. I hope you catch my drift**