My first guests just left, my second guests just arrived. Both were couples. So far, so good. No catastrophes yet.
My first guests stayed a total of 15 nights and left today. My current guests who just checked in will be staying a total of 3 nights, and checking out Sunday 29th May.
My first guests want to rebook on Sunday 29th May, for 11 nights, checking out on the 9th of June. However, they wanted to pay in cash, because, as they put it “we have to pay a lot in taxes and it doesn’t benefit either of us”. Actually, the chap put cash in my hand without discussing it first, which I thought a little odd.
Since this would be a new booking, there would be nothing wrong per se with doing it outside Airbnb. I’m not obliged to rent via Airbnb.
However, I didn’t feel comfortable going outside Airbnb. As I told them, I don’t know what I am doing, have no experience, and no real backup. It’s not like I’m super enthused about Airbnb (they don’t even have a local India number I could call), and I’m not sure what level of protection they would actually give in practice (I haven’t had occasion to ask for help, yet), but they seem better, at least for now, than going it alone.
They said to me that Airbnb hosts locally were happy taking cash. I’m not sure whether they meant for repeat bookings done outside Airbnb, or for a booking that was made via Airbnb. The latter is perfectly possible. After all, it’s India.
Anyway, I told them that I would prefer to go via Airbnb, but that I could give them a discount. So I made them a special offer for 11 days, discounting my daily rate from Rs 2300 for a couple to my single occupancy rate of Rs. 1950. That’s an approximately 15% discount. They seemed satisfied with that, but they haven’t accepted it yet.
I know there has been discussion of this topic before, e.g.
but every case is different.
The problem with cash is that you are throwing away what protection Airbnb provides. Airbnb keep a deposit. I would have no deposit unless I arranged for it separately. I would also not get any help if there were other kinds of problems, nor could I give them a bad review. Etc. etc. The couple in question have seemed fine during their time here, but I obviously don’t know them, and why take chances?
Anyway, practically everyone on this forum has more experience in these matters than me. In some cases, a lot more experience. So, what are your thoughts on the matter? Thanks.