And herein lies the problem between Airbnb Hosts and Guests. This is going to be mainly about those who rent a room in their home. I’ve seen many posts on this forum from hosts complaining that these people are guests in their homes! Shouldn’t they show more respect? Shouldn’t they act like guests? Shouldn’t they be quiet and clean, and conserve the water and energy I’m paying for? After all, none of us hosts would ever behave so badly if we were a guest in someone else’s home!
The thing is, they are not guests. They are paying customers.
Please, don’t think that I don’t agree that some guests should behave much better than they do. I have a couple right now and I can’t wait for them to leave. They stay in the house until past noon time having sex. Or they come home early and station themselves on the patio, drinking and laughing until well past dark. They waste food and ignore the dishes and glasses I put out for them, instead going through my cupboards until they find stuff they like better, such as my lead crystal wine glasses. There is a stain on the patio chair cushion that won’t come out. And yes, they leave the damned AC on all day long.
My point here is that I’m honestly not totally sure what side of the fence I land on with this. Of course, I do want people to be careful and respectful and not ruin my stuff. On the other hand, they are paying nearly a $100 bucks a night to be here. Doesn’t that kind of buy them the right to sleep in, stay up late, walk into a cool room at any hour?
I’m the one who opened my house to paying guests. It’s not like I’m hosting my sister-in-law for free. To some degree and within reason, if I can’t figure out how to make a profit while not micromanaging guests and allowing them to relax and be on vacation, then maybe I’m not really in a good position to host.
Again, I’m still a REALLY new host, only been doing this for 7 weeks (though I’m on my 17th set of guests), and I’m still trying to figure it all out.