I just posted our house (3 bed, 2 bath, entire home) as a new listing. Within a day, someone reached out to me indirectly (not through Airbnb) saying they saw my posting and are interested in a longer term stay, three months to a year, but the app won’t let them book. Obviously I can change settings on the app so he can book, but this situation is kind of intimidating. I had a few questions for the community.
- Would you take a long term stay for your first guest when you have no reviews yet?
- I’m more worried about tenant screening with a long term rental than I would be with short stays. Do I have any ability to screen this tenant like with a traditional rental, or do I just have to accept/decline based on their Airbnb request?
- The app suggested a 50% discount for long term stays. I think that’s far too generous as that’s cheaper than I could rent my house out for unfurnished on a monthly basis. Is it common to expect full price or only a 15% discount for long term?
It really seems very lucky to have a long term stay requested immediately with a new listing, but it kind of raises some red flags for me. Are my concerns valid?