This seems like a silly question
I’m new to airbnb but have been having a blast. So far my guests have ranged from ok to fantastic.
I jumped into it with very little thought and was stunned to have my first booking before I finished editing my listing. So now I’m having to figure out insurance, taxes, etc.
I can’t even find out HOW to find out how to get straight on local taxes. Federal and state income tax is easy, but the occupancy tax, etc., I don’t know. Will I have to be inspected? I don’t think we’d pass inspection because there is a toilet in a closet under the stairs!! It’s fine an functional, and as most of my guests are European or Asian they don’t even think twice about it. However, it is not code!
We home educate our kids and in addition I work two jobs, so most likely will have to put our listing on hold in the fall. Also, I’m trying to figure out the insurance issue.
Anyone from Maryland know how to get hooked into the system so I can be totally legit, and see if I can afford to maintain this hobby? If not from Maryland, any suggestions for getting info? I’ve gone to our state tax website and searched all kinds of ways to no avail.
A neighbor (I don’t know them) has listed on airbnb - her place is much nicer (no closet toilet, lol) and she charges a good bit more (legitimately, my guests have to walk upstairs and through our living room to shower) - so I don’t feel like we’re competition, - would it be tacky to contact them and ask what they’ve learned?