Do you know who is staying in your vacation rental?

If you’ve been listing your home on Airbnb, Vrbo, or Homeaway for any length of time, you’ve surely run into inquiries on your property that look completely bogus. Or maybe you just get the sense that something isn’t entirely on the up-and-up. Perhaps they are asking you for your contact information because they want to circumvent the booking process, or, perhaps the language just seems like its boilerplate, or [...]

By |2020-09-02T16:45:19-06:00July 8th, 2019|Home Sharing|

Keep in Touch with Your Short-Term Rental Guests – and Keep Them Coming Back

You’ve had guests stay in your vacation rental property and they had a great experience. Now, it’s a year later and those same guests are thinking of coming back to your area on their next vacation. Will your short-term rental be their first choice for lodging on their trip? Or, if their friends or family are coming to stay in your city, will your guests recommend your property? Why [...]

By |2020-09-03T11:36:56-06:00June 24th, 2019|General, Home Sharing|

What hospitality expectations do short-term rental guests have?

Short-term rental guests expect basic amenities when they’re staying at your rental property and hope to find homey, creature comforts for their stay. Remember, you are competing with Hilton Hotels with your short term vacation rental. It makes sense that if your guests are traveling on vacation, they aren’t going to haul their kitchen items with them, or a set of extra sheets for the bed. But what’s the [...]

By |2020-09-03T15:52:00-06:00June 10th, 2019|Home Sharing|

Is your vacation rental four-legged friendly? Pros and cons of allowing pets

Whether you’re an animal lover or not, you’ve surely contemplated whether or not to allow pets in your vacation rental. In fact, travelers likely are choosing (or not choosing) your property based on this factor alone sometimes. On HomeAway, it’s on the initial search menu when selecting dates and how many guests will be staying on the property. On Airbnb, pet-friendly properties are part of the advanced search. PetsWelcome.com [...]

By |2020-08-14T14:34:16-06:00May 27th, 2019|Home Sharing|

Establish Ground Rules with Overly Demanding Guests

Has this happened to you? You have guests staying in your short-term rental property. They call you on the first day with a simple request. Then they call you a second time. Then a third. The requests may or may not be reasonable, but they expect you to meet their demands. Where do you draw the line? Or, perhaps your guests leave the home in terrible condition, cause damage, [...]

By |2020-09-03T16:15:22-06:00April 15th, 2019|Property Managers, Home Sharing|

City of Grapevine Votes to Uphold Ban on Short-Term Rental

The city of Grapevine, Texas has voted to ban short term rentals within the city limits. Initially, the intent was to determine if the industry could be regulated, however it was decided in the later moments of the hearing to keep the ban in place. The ban comes in the wake of complaints from both citizens and the local hotel industry. Without a doubt, the complaints fielded against short [...]

By |2020-06-30T11:48:01-06:00February 18th, 2019|Home Sharing, Regulations|

Airbnb Modifies their Host Protection Guarantee

Recently, Airbnb had announced that they would be improving their claims process for Airbnb’s host protection policy. In it, they describe not receiving many claims. Specifically, “Instances of property damage on Airbnb are quite rare. On average, significant claims of damage happen less than .004% of the time.” Quite impressive to be sure, however people in the Airbnb community seem to think otherwise. It may be worth explaining what [...]

By |2020-03-18T16:07:29-06:00January 7th, 2019|Home Sharing|

Property Owners in San Antonio Facing New Rental Laws

After years of debate, officials in San Antonio, California have finally decided to move forward with regulating short-term rentals. This includes services like Airbnb, HomeAway, FlipKey, and more. Property owners are dismayed at the decision that took over 2 years to conclude. According to the new law, property owners who rent out their home or use services like Airbnb will be required to register with the city for a [...]

By |2020-03-18T16:28:32-06:00December 3rd, 2018|Home Sharing, Regulations|

Florida City Begins Legislating Rentals Like Airbnb

If you’re leasing your property in Miami or you plan on visiting and staying at an Airbnb or other rental, you may want to plan accordingly. Officials in one of Florida’s most popular vacation spots are now beginning to implement strict new laws when it comes to short-term rentals like Airbnb, FlipKey, and more. According to legislatures, too many people are renting property in zoning districts that don’t permit [...]

By |2020-06-30T11:12:25-06:00November 26th, 2018|Home Sharing, Regulations|

Short-Term Rentals in Boston Receive Harsh New Laws

Boston city council recently passed a new set of stringent laws regulating Airbnb and other short-term rental companies though the city. According to the new law, investors and tenant will not be permitted to rent out property by the night, beginning January 1st, 2019. If you’re currently an investor or tenant and use Airbnb, you have an extended grace period of September 2019. According to regulators, Airbnb and other [...]

By |2020-06-30T11:21:10-06:00November 12th, 2018|Home Sharing, Regulations|
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