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Will Brexit effect Airbnb? And Changing a reservation for a guest.

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It’s August in London and it finally turned hot after many weeks of rain. I was really bust in June and most of July but it has gotten quieter in August and I have decided to drop my prices slightly to reflect that. Although I did put the price up on one room on a Friday night by 50% (because I didn’t want it filled that night as I had plans the next morning) but it sold suddenly at the last minute to a really nice man from Taiwan. In June the UK voted to leave the European Union. The immediate effect of Brexit was the £ Sterling dropped a significant amount against mainly the US...

Get paid twice for your listing and how to automate your Airbnb business

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I recently changed my Airbnb cancellation policy from Flexible: Full refund 1 day prior to arrival, except fees to Moderate: Full refund 5 days prior to arrival, except fees. The reasons for doing this were that I did have a few cancellations over the summer and although I had managed to refill most of the empty spaces in my calendar I started to think there is a real risk of a last minute cancellation causing significant financial loss to me so I decided to change to Moderate. This at least would give me 5 days to refill the space. What I didn’t think of was the possibility of selling the...

What should I do if I’m not getting bookings on Airbnb?

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August has possibly been my worst month for new bookings. My calendar for the month of August was actually quite full but September onwards was looking pretty empty. I find that guests tend to book about 4-6 weeks in advance so to have so many blank spaces at this stage is not good. Some guests do book much further in advance of course but the main bulk tend to come in only about a month ahead. I do get a lot of last minute bookings due to my location in central London but I would prefer to have bookings all my bookings in advance given the choice even if it meant losing a few quid. Why have...

When a Airbnb guest cancels a booking

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Last week a guest cancelled while actually on the way to my listing. I was expecting him to arrive around 1pm and got a message at 12:30 to say “it is too much trouble to come to your listing so i’m going to stay in a hotel right here.” A bad excuse for sure. My mind immediately turned wether or not he is going to get a full refund or will i still get paid by airbnb? What is your cancellation policy? When a guest cancels a booking it depends on your cancellation policy if they are entitled to a refund or not (Airbnb’s booking fee is never refundable). There are three...

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