Hello everyone! Some of you may remember me; I was an active poster here in 2016. I host in Seattle, where I rented my basement suite, marketing towards backpacker-types who would enjoy our urban chickens. Your advice was immensely helpful in getting my listening established, screening bad guests, and ensuring I was booked at near capacity in a competitive market.
I was ready to return to hosting a few months after my baby was born, but I had a great tenant in my basement who was clean, quiet, responsible, and handy, so I was in no hurry to boot her. She is moving out sometime next month, and I look forward to getting my rental up and running again.
What has changed on the AirBnb scene since 2016? Is AirBnB pushing instant book? Any new policies or regulations I should know of?
I know here in Seattle, our city council recently passed a flat tax on rooms in homes ($8 a night) and entire units ($14 a night). It’s unclear if it is on top of the 15% occupancy tax AirBnB guests already pay in our city, or replacing it. Fortunately this won’t go into effect until 2019 so I have a little bit of time to research. I’m unclear how my unit will be taxed, since it is basically a MIL apartment with a separate entrance but some shared areas. I suppose it will come down to whether I list the unit as a room-in-home or a separate unit on the AirBnB platform.
Anyhow, I was excited to come post here, and I hope you all have been well!