My life as an Airbnb Host What I've learned from hosting and how I make money using Airbnb

Authorrichsaint18

Airbnb host and I live in London.

How soon should you start taking Airbnb guests again after the Pandemic?

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It’s May in London and the covid virus has nearly disappeared in the UK. The recent national vaccine program has been a huge success and soon it will be legal to stay overnight in another persons household (this means my airbnb will be open for business again!). It was possible to accept airbnb guests in my house but only if they are emergency workers. However some new regular guests have already started staying with me since the lockdown restrictions ended on April 12. How soon should you start taking Airbnb guests again? If you have private room listings like me you are perhaps...

Airbnb Income tax and the Rent a Room allowance

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If you have an airbnb in your home then there are two ways to handle your Airbnb taxes. One uses the Rent a Room Allowance. The other involves calculating your airbnb income and deducting allowable expenses. How to use the Rent-a-Room scheme  The Rent a Room Scheme lets you earn up to a threshold of £7,500 per year tax-free from letting out furnished accommodation in your home You can earn £7500 a year from airbnb and pay no tax (assuming you receive no other similar rent which might blur the picture such as an adjacent granny flat). If you own buy-to-let property this is separate to these...

Should you allow airbnb guests to self isolate in your listing?

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It’s January in London and although it’s cold outside the sun has been out more than usual. We have been in various states of lockdown since November last year and the covid-19 virus seems to be as strong as ever. I have had a handful of bookings over the last few months but I expected even less. A fair number of enquires have come in from overseas guests who are coming to London for work or study but I have had to turn them away because of the self isolation rules. Should you allow airbnb guests to self isolate in your listing? The problem with self isolation is it’s almost...

What to do if your an Airbnb host and catch Covid-19?

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It’s October in London and it’s getting colder as we approach winter, and even worse it’s now dark at 4:30pm. To me its the darkness that makes London feel miserable. The high number of covid-19 infections in the UK recently seems to be the long awaited second wave of the virus. My area of London is a ‘tier 2’ restrictions. This means no mixing indoors with member not of your own family. This does not seem to be stopping me getting airbnb bookings for my private room listings in my house. However I recently got the news that I have tested positive for covid-19...

Airbnb guests only booking to have sex and Should airbnb be you only source of income?

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It’s August in London and the covid-19 virus is still around. More and more the city streets are starting to get busier and the pub are open, but most of the office workers are still working from home. I do have the occasional airbnb guest from out of town but almost no one from overseas. This is not a surprise since there are some quarantine rules for overseas visitors to the UK. I think most people are leaving any unnecessary travel until next year. I am really starting to miss the extra income my airbnb listings used to give me but financially I am still ok. Should you allow Airbnb...

Coronavirus 14 day isolation rule for airbnb guests. And how to keep your airbnb listing cool in summer.

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It’s July in London and the coronavirus is still with us, but life is starting to slowly feel like things are getting back to normal. However I think many people here in the UK believe that it will be 2021 before international travel will be anything like before. Many in the UK are still working remotely from home. My regular guests were mostly the type of workers who were expected to show themselves in the office 2 or 3 days a week in central London, but could work from home other days, won’t be back this year if ever. I have had some bookings recently but i have deliberately...

When will I be able to take Airbnb private room guests again?

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Its June in London and the city is noticeably warmer and sunnier. However we are now into week 12 of the corona virus lockdown in the UK. I have has only one airbnb guest since late March. I try not to think of the income I have lost from this shutdown as it would certainly run into many thousands of pounds. However it does seem that things could be very slowly returning to normal. When will we be able to have private room airbnb guests again after covid-19? Airbnb has automatically blocked my listing calendars since the virus lockdown began. My listing calendar did open up for June and I got...

Should you have Airbnb guests during the coronavirus outbreak?

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It’s April in London and the sun has made its first appearance since late October last year. A mild but very wet winter caused a lot of maintenance issues with my Airbnb as rain water got into the house and did some damage but my bookings were mostly as normal. For the first time since I started hosting over 5 years ago I started creating artificial gaps in my bookings (blocking off days) to reduce my workload and give me a break from guests. I did this because I was starting to get sick of strangers constantly coming and going and never really feeling at home in my own house. My wife...

What is the future of Airbnb hosting?

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It’s February in London and Brexit is here. The UK left the European Union on Friday 31st January at 11pm. My first European guests since Brexit arrived about 1 hour later from Italy. They were nice guests and for them at least it seems nothing was any different. Strictly speaking nothing much hans changed. The UK is in a transition period for the next 12 months where as far travel for EU citizens into and out of the UK there is no changes. No new visa is needed. After that what will happen we don’t know yet. What is the future of airbnb? I recently read a forum thread about being...

What to do when your airbnb bookings dry up in January?

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It’s January in London and so far its been a mild winter but it has rained almost every day since August (well it certainly feels like it). The heavy rain has caused unexpected damage to my house which is very annoying but it has not affected my airbnb which has been full most days (only Sundays I was not 100% booked out but that was almost a welcome relief for me). But now it’s reached January and like every year for the past 5 years that i’ve been an airbnb host my bookings have dried up. Did you airbnb bookings suddenly drop off in January? It’s only because...

My friend wants to start a airbnb business- What I told him…

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It’s November in London and its getting dark at 4:30pm and the temperature is getting lower by the day. Apart from a few very warm days it was a generally wet and grey summer this year. My airbnb was full most days apart from the occasional empty room on a Sunday (to be honest its nice to have a day guest free day sometimes). My prices are as low as ever and it doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon. My competition in East London seems to have increased in my area over the last 5 years I have been a airbnb host, and is probably one of the reasons why my prices are still so...

Should you have security cameras at your Airbnb?

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It’s June in London. For the last month it’s been rain and more rain. My airbnb has been busy as usually but this is mostly due to my low prices. I can say that my success is due to keeping a low price and being flexible with my guests (letting them arrive early etc). Also the fact that I accept single night bookings means that I have a constant turnover of guests. This constant turnover is more demanding on me with so many sheets to clean and check-ins/outs but this sends all the right signals to airbnb. Bookings lead to bookings and a high number of reviews keeps my space high...

Airbnb review system

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It’s Easter bank holiday weekend in London and it’s very sunny. My airbnb is full over the long weekend as usual. My strategy is to be fully booked at all times and it works fine for me (even if I am charging lower prices than this time last year). My average charge per night is only £18 now (my price was £20 when I first started as an airbnb host nearly 5 years ago). This should be a warning to other airbnb hosts that your income could possibly fall over time. The major reason I think this has happened is the increase of rival airbnb hosts in my area. Also the two year delay for...

Airbnb Check-in Guide for Hosts

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Airbnb Check-in Guide. Some tips for hosts who want a simpler and easier check-in process. Update: Its now March in London and all my listings are usually full every day. There are two major reasons why I am full every day. The first is I have many regular customers who come every week on the same days. These are all people who live outside London (some live in other EU countries and fly here and back) but work in London for two or three days every week. The second reason is I have slashed my prices by 10% to stay competitively priced. How to check-in your Airbnb guest? How you check-in your...

Airbnb New Host Referral Bonus UK

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If your thinking of becoming a Airbnb Host like me then you should sign up using the below link. This is the Airbnb New Host Referral Bonus UK working signup link for 2019. I have been a host for nearly five years and I have enjoyed the ride but most importantly I have made a lot of money! Click here to become a Airbnb Host and starting making some money! How much money can I make being an Airbnb host? If your wondering how much money you can make by becoming a Airbnb host then you can use this simple tool provided by Airbnb.  This will give you a good idea of what you can expect to make each...

Airbnb Coupon Code That Works

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Airbnb Coupon Code That Works Looking for a Airbnb Coupon Code that really works? You can get £25 now free on your first trip on Airbnb. Also you get £9 towards your first Airbnb experience. Click here and get your £25 worth of free credit from Airbnb! Currently Airbnb coupon codes are only for first time users. There are no coupon codes what work for existing users taking additional trips taken on the same account. The only other ways I know of getting additional free credit is 1. to invite other friends to airbnb (by getting them to sign up using your own referral link), or 2. By making...

Airbnb Single Night Bookings

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It’s February in London and apart from a small dash of snow it’s been a rather mild winter. Unlike last winter I have not been forced by Airbnb to refund my guests because their train or plane was cancelled due to the snow ‘force majeur’. This may seem fair to the guests but for me it was a real loss. Should you be accepting one night bookings? One of the reasons for my success (if I may say so) at airbnb is that I am willing to take 1 night only guests. It’s very tempting not to take single night guests because of the trouble re-setting the room  and checking in...

Airbnb Profile Pictures and Private Room Listings

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It’s January in London and like last year things have gone very quiet. The Christmas and New Year period were ok but not as busy as some previous years. This time last year I had a significant drop in bookings. I blamed the airbnb smart pricing system (or to be more specific the fact I was not using it and I believed I was being penalised by airbnb for not doing do). I can’t say the same thing again this year as I am already using the smart pricing system. I have dropped my prices 10% to see if this helps get me more bookings. Still the airbnb smart pricing system recommends £12 a...

Should you accept Airbnb bookings for other guests?

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It’s December now in London and it’s very wet. No snow yet. My airbnb has been busy except on Sundays which have been quiet recently. Sunday and Monday have traditionally been slow days for Airbnb but I usually get last minute bookings so my occupancy rate is 100%. However recently I have had empty listings on a Sunday. This may seem not a big deal but this is easy money i’m missing out on. What to do if you get a booking request but it’s not for the person making the booking? Several times in the past I’ve had booking requests come in that are not for the person...

How much money can you really make from Airbnb?

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December is getting very close now in London and the weather has turned cold and very wet. I always keep a few old umbrellas near my front door in case one of my guests needs one. This is one way you can really help your guests out and this can make up for other deficiencies in your listing. Recently I spoke to a relative who was interested in becoming an Airbnb host. He seemed to think he could make much more money from being a host rather than being a traditional landlord. I think he is being very naive. How much can you make being an Airbnb Host? To get the official Airbnb figure of...

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