We are going to list our vacation property on Airbnb in the very near future and I am looking for some advice in regard to the number of guests, privacy and other concerns.
We had previously list and rented the property through a local real estate agent, but we were ultimately unsatisfied with the results. The property is not an investment property, we use it as our family cottage, and it was heartbreaking to find the place and bad shape, with zero recourse from the rental/real estate agency. Especially considering the fee’s we were paying for nothing more than handling a transaction and having a place to pick up the keys.
The home is large, and can accommodate many people, but we set a reasonable limit to ensure the home was not over run. We have a neighbour who who lives on the lake full time, and would often tell us that is was a “full house” and the number of people he described were usually greater than what the rules stated. Its uncommon for us to be able to meet the guests in person, due to proximity, does anyone have any advice on keeping guests honest in this regard?
One idea I had was to install a ring doorbell system, so that 1) The guest could reach me without using their mobile, and 2) I could keep an eye on the number of people going through the door. Would this be considered a breach of privacy? Does anyone else use similar devices? The home also has a nest thermostat that I installed for my own convenience, have you ever had people voice concerns with regard to hosts being able to access such devices?
Does anyone have any generally advice that a newb like myself may have overlooked/not considered?
Finally, in the event that I do find the place in bad shape, and the rules were not followed, what is the course of action? I apologize if this is covered when signing up for the service, but the property is a family effort and a sibling has gone through the host sign-up process.
We are very excited that vetting guests is possible through the community/reviews, but just a few last i’s to dot and t’s to cross. Any input/experiences you could share is greatly appreciated in advance.