We sold and closed on the sale of our Airbnb on September 1st, 2021. When we we’re approached by someone wanting to purchase the home their intent was to purchase as a plug and play business.
The plan was made in May 2021, and a purchase contract was signed. At the time we had only a full summer and one reservation into September 2021. We agreed with the new owners that I would host and she would cohost the property until all of our reservations were fulfilled, as I had heard the nightmare and consequences of trying to cancel/rebook with Airbnb.
There were a few stumbles on the buyers part with his financing, (he finally moved to a business loan) and what was supposed to close mid to late July closed September 1. We weren’t mad about that as we had a busy summer and the money was coming in, BUT, they couldn’t open their own Airbnb listing before close and asked that we keep ours open, as not to lose the fall bookings. We did that, and bookings started to come in almost daily, even a couple for 2023.
When the sale finally closed she made her listing live on Airbnb and VRBO, I snoozed mine and we started the process of moving VRBO guests over, i sent an email to each guest introducing the new owners, a link to their listing, and she held the dates waiting on contact. I canceled all of the VRBO reservations (they allow that). And all rebooked.
I was sending her the money for each reservation and she was co-hosting on Airbnb, although I think she learned a lot, so did I, and our hosting style is very different. (Not saying I’m right) but my style is very communicative, I have made my share of mistakes in the 4 years I have been hosting, learned from them and built communication, rules or other work arounds to prevent issues.
I was becoming worried that my ratings may suffer, (i own other properties) I took communication back over, but she continued to communicate, sometimes contradictory to what I just said moments ago. So I called Airbnb, explained what I would like to do; Communicate with the guest via the platform, explain that the property has changed ownership, but all amenities are staying, provide the link to new owners listing, then cancel without fee or super host penalties.
I was expecting to hear that Airbnb is a hosting site not a property site and what I was asking is not part of their process. But that’s not what I heard, they asked me to send I copy of the deed proving sale (I did), I then communicated with 14 guest reservations via the Airbnb site, and a rep from Airbnb canceled all of the reservations without penalties to me. All reservations have rebooked with the new owner, and the process was actually so much easier than it was with VRBO.
I was really planning on having to host this property until all reservations were fulfilled, but in the words of my father you don’t get 100% of what you don’t ask for, so I asked, and there was actually no wrangling at all to accomplish this. So I don’t know if Airbnb has recently loosened their stance on this or if I just got lucky, everything I have read says you will lose super host and $100 per reservation. That is not what I experienced. Just wanted to tell my story on this as I have seen other post regarding this, so it can be done if you catch the right rep.