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Long term cancellation policy

If I make a long term rental, I understand I will pay one month from the day I cancel the place (if I cancel). But can I stay in? Because somewhere I read you need to give 30 days advance notice, so it looks like you pay the one month, but you can stay, but the host has 30 days to find new tenants after you leave. Otherwise it looks like you need to go away right away, pay one full month, and the host could still rent through that month and make double money.
I could not get this fact clear and there is no way to contact airbnb to ask them.

Airbnb is set-up for short-term rental. I don’t know the answer to your question but my policy is – no more than 29 days as local long-term rental laws kick in after 30 days and the renter (guest) has many more rights. I suggest you contact your host to get your answers so that you both have a clear understanding of the terms and expectations (can everyone tell I used to be married to an attorney?).

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I would say that it depends upon your state. In Calif, the renter is not allowed to use the One Month’s security deposit as their last month’s rent. But this is from the Calif Renter’s guide. I don’t know how it would apply to an ABB longer term renter.

I’m a bit confused by the first post but I’ve had one guest long-term and this is how it worked.

She arrived in the middle of September and originally booked until the end of October. In her case, the system charged her one month at the beginning of the booking, then in the middle of October, it charged her until the end.

If she had wanted to stay longer, I’m pretty sure she has to extend the booking in the system before the end of September as she needs to give one months’ notice to the host. She also could have cancelled her booking, say, on the 20th of September, and then she is permitted to pay and stay until the 20th of October - even though she originally said she’d be there until 31st.

As for her she said nothing to me about wanting to extend the stay into November. When the end of September passed it was less than 30 days left, so she had cancelled her right to stay there on an ongoing basis. To “keep” her right to stay there must first be calendar availability, and second she must extend her finish date to more than one month in the future, and that way, Air charges a full month on the next payment day. Once either the remainder is less than 30 days OR a partial-month payment is made, the stay contains a confirmed finish date. So as she’d now indicated twice it was her leaving date (once in original booking, then second payment still only went until the 31st of October) I assumed she planned to leave. Apparently she got annoyed about it, but she didn’t mention anything until the review.

As for getting double the money you should be logically correct. But if the guest leaves early yet doesn’t actually cancel, I am betting that the system prevents them from rebooking the same place. The best option if you have to leave early is to submit a change request and try to negotiate with the host. I can’t speak for others but I would probably accept a 50% fee providing they cancelled asap, as I could probably rebook some of the days. Seems like a fair compromise to me.

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Hi Eliel,
and thank you for your thorough response.
I think the key here is that you wrote: “She also could have cancelled her booking, say, on the 20th of September, and then she is permitted to pay and stay until the 20th of October - even though she originally said she’d be there until 31st”, which means that she has to pay for a month but she is also permitted to stay for that month. This is what I needed clarification about. I know you have to pay a whole month after cancellation, but are you permitted to stay for that whole month as well? It looks like from your post that the answer is YES, and that is what I was not sure about.
Thank you!

Yes :slight_smile: If you pay for accommodation you’ve the right to stay there during that period.

When guests cancell it means they don’t have reservation anymore. I would imagine though that with Airbnb it might be questionable since they want it to be resolved in most humanely possible way.

I would think so. The difference with cancelling a long-term stay is that it’s treated as ongoing, so leaving is more a “giving notice to end the stay” rather than a cancellation, even though we have used the word “cancel”. Air call it an “alteration” (better). So if you wish to leave early, you’d be paying the penalty even if you leave immediately. Here is what they quote:

If the guest books a reservation and decides to cancel the reservation during their stay, the guest must use the online alteration tool in order to agree to a new checkout date. Regardless of the checkout date chosen, the guest is required to pay the host for the 30 days following the cancellation date, or up to the end date of the guest’s original reservation if the remaining portion of the original reservation is less than 30 days.

So the “right” way to cancel is to do it 30+ days in advance, allowing you to choose your actual “last day of stay” to be the same as the last day you pay for, if that makes sense.

Note that here the “cancellation date” is not the day you intend to leave but the day you go into the system to give notice.

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