. BE WARY OF MESSAGES THAT LOOK LIKE THEY’RE FROM AIRBNB

All legitimate payments on Airbnb take place through its website. Ifsomeone messages you on Airbnb and asks you to contact them off-siteto arrange payment details, or to send your phone number or emailaddress, they could be trying to rip you off. This is against
Airbnb’s rules and you can report people who ask you to do so by Airbnb’s rules and you can report people who ask you to do so byflagging the message.Look for the small flag icon in the message thread. Airbnb gives someexamples of common scams on a page devoted to keeping your account* ADVANCE FEE: a type of scam in which an individual offers money oranother reward in exchange for you transferring money through variouspayment services outside of Airbnb.* PHISHING: a type of scam in which someone will send an email orlink that is made to look like it’s from Airbnb or another trustedsite. These messages are designed to trick you into providingconfidential information – such as passwords or other emailaddresses – and may contain malware that can gain access to yourcomputer to gather your personal information, including passwordsand/or credit card data.* TRAVEL: a type of scam in which someone will encourage you tosecure your “too good to be true” listing by sending payment viawire transfer or with an advanced deposit in order to collect themoney without providing the advertised accommodation.* OVERPAYMENT: a type of scam in which someone will offer more thanwhat your listing may be worth, and ask you to repay them in cash.

LANDLORD NOT OPEN TO AIRBNB?



If your landlord isn’t receptive to this idea find out who theirlegal counsel is.In 90% of cases, landlords will have SOME legal counsel that they workwith on contracts, insurance, tenants rights, etc.Either contact their lawyer and state your case, or seek out your ownlawyer to explain your case.As legal counsel to your landlord, it is their duty to represent thelandlord’s best interest.
If there is an opportunity to make them more money, and is within the If there is an opportunity to make them more money, and is within thelocal laws, they’re going to obligated to present it for you.It is much harder for a landlord to say “no” when his or her ownlegal counsel says, “This is legal and it can work”.  

CAN I GET SCAMMED? WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG?



The short answer is no.All transactions go through Airbnb’s website—never directly fromlessee to host (in-person cash swaps are actually 100% forbidden underAirbnb rules). You’ll pick a place you’d like to stay and requesta reservation. Once you request a reservation and agree to the houserules, you submit your credit card/Paypal/Google Wallet or otherfinancial information to Airbnb, which Airbnb will then charge. Butthey won’t release your money to the host until 24 hours AFTER youcheck in, which gives time for both parties to agree everything isgoing according to plan (unless you are staying for longer than amonth, for which Airbnb only releases a month at a time).If there’s a problem, contact Airbnb within the first 24 hours, andthey will put a hold on the payment. After 24 hours, the situationchanges a bit. If you simply want to change your plans, you won’t beentitled to a refund out of respect for the host (who could haverented the space out to someone else). If something less than idealhappens during the middle of your reservation, you contact Airbnbdirectly and, depending on the situation, you may be entitled to arefund. Airbnb is generally known as fair in this regard and willmediate if needed.Here are some of Airbnb’s reasons that might entitle a guest refund,straight from their website:> The listing is missing an amenity promised on the site in either the> listing’s description, amenities, or photos.> > The room type of the listing is not what was booked.> > The number of bedrooms or bathrooms in the listing does not match> what was booked.> > The listing itself or the location of the listing is not what was> booked.> 
> The listing does not have clean bedding or towels available for all > the guests included on the reservation.> > The listing is unsanitary, unsafe, or hazardous to the health of> your guests.> > There is an animal in the listing, which was not disclosed prior to> booking.

A LAYOUT OF THE PAYOUT



Your payout will be more or less the total booking fee that you’recharging guests. There’s a tiny Host Service Fee airbnb.com from your subtotal, but that small piece of the pie is only taken fromyour net total _minus_ any security deposit you may have received, ifthat’s relevant to your pricing strategy guesty.com Service Fee will be recalculated should the host make any adjustmentsto the booking fee (and rounded to the nearest whole number, may Iadd). Yet another smart feature from Airbnb, surprise surprise.Why does Airbnb need that little piece of the pie anyways, you ask?The 3% fee is meant to cover any of Airbnb’s expenses made in thename of your guests’ payments. Consider it a sort of “shipping andhandling” cost of home sharing. Fair enough. Just keep in mind,Airbnb may not be the only one who wants in. You may be susceptible toan additional VAT, depending on where you are hosting or from whereyour guests are traveling.If you want to predetermine the total booking amount from which allthese Services and VATs are being deducted, you can consult the rates(nightly, weekly, monthly, custom, or weekend, what have you) you haveapplied to the relevant listing and paint yourself a clearer pictureof the finances involved in the transaction.

START THE CONVERSATION WITH YOUR LANDLORD



two options to bring this up.  One is directly with your landlord,the other is what I call the “nuclear option”.If you think you have enough rapport with your landlord, then tryapproaching them directly.My suggestion is that your main focus is simply starting a dialogueand not treating this like a business pitch.Keep it simple.  A landlord will not approve what they cannotunderstand and if you pile on information, they will get confused.Try emailing them or talking in person like this:“_Hi Mr. Landlord,__I’ve recently been introduced to Airbnb when I went on my trip toParis.  Its an amazing service.__I was wondering if you had an opinion about Airbnb?”_By simply asking their _opinion_, you don’t prime them forconfrontation and you open up a conversation simply pertainingto what they KNOW about Airbnb.Once you’ve established what they know and think, you can have amuch easier time at explaining it to them and dispelling the myths tothem.In the same conversation, I would attempt to bring up 2 things:* You’re exploring the opportunity, but wanted to be respectful andask their opinion first.* Establish that there is a solid reason why you are interested andwould benefit from Airbnb.* Explain that it will help you pay rent, meet bills, or improveyour life in some way.* Let them know that to the landlord this sounds risky, and thatyou’re willing to find a way to make it MORE than worth theirwhile.Then take it from there and start deploying your compromise optionsfrom above.

ACH/ DIRECT DEPOSIT



Choosing this method will grant Airbnb permission to help deliver yourhost payment straight to your bank account. You will need to enteryour routing number and account number to verify the delivery address,but you can find that easily on your checkbook, bank statement, orbank app. Airbnb will initially perform a test run direct deposit (ofsomething equivalent to less than $1) to confirm your account, sothere will be a short waiting time (no more than 5 days airbnb.com system. Good news: Airbnb will let you keep the money from the testdeposit. Free money! The crowd goes wild!The worst kind of payment: the kind you have to give back. But ithappens to everyone at some point of business. In this case, Airbnbenforces hospitality standards airbnb.com abiding by these standards will protect hosts, as well. Unfortunately,if a guest complaint is filed against a host, Airbnb will have to askyou to return the money to its rightful owner. Luckily, there are manystrategies for avoiding complaints before they have the chance tohappen, and you can learn the ropes here guesty.com   Keep in mind that if you do have a guest file a claim against you, youwill have the option to pay a visit to Airbnb’s Resolution Center airbnb.com serve as your Airbnb representation (among many other things) to helppresent your side of the story? You have the _right _toself-representation at the Resolution Center, but wouldn’t yourather go through a professional? Okay, so Airbnb claim settlementsare not as serious as court settlements by any means, but hey, why notmake the whole process easier on yourself if you can?

AIRBNB TIPS AND TRICKS FOR FIRST-TIMERS



petergreenberg.com Posted by PeterGreenberg.com petergreenberg.com 11:25 amGoogle+ petergreenberg.com is quickly approaching, which means that it’s time to start planningthat epic getaway you’ve been dreaming about since last summerended. One way to save money on your trip this year is to utilizesharing economy services like Airbnb. Despite the fact that Airbnb hasbecome a leading resource for more intimate and affordable travel (notto mention a resource for earning extra income for the hosts), some ofus are still hesitant.Here’s what Airbnb newbies should know before taking the plunge.

. KEEP ALL COMMUNICATIONS AND PAYMENTS ON THE AIRBNB SITE



Airbnb redacts phone numbers, email addresses and URLs in messages,but scammers have found sneaky ways around its filters, such asposting images with text superimposed. Don’t go to any sites suchscammers try to get you onto: they could well be rigged to plantmalware or steal your credit card information or login. Follow_Image of kitten with mouse shutterstock.com * Airbnb Trust and Safety Team sophos.com





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