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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...

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...

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...

How to be a real Airbnb Superhost

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It’s July in London and it has been a record hot summer. It suddenly became warm at the end of April and it seems is just getting hotter and hotter. Airbnb has been busy every day but my prices have been kept low because of the Airbnb smart pricing system (it only shows the lowest possible price on every day no matter what, if you ask me it simply doesn’t work at all). So i’m still charging £20 per night on average which is the same as nearly 5 years ago. How to be a real Airbnb Superhost This year I finally went on holiday myself and booked a private airbnb room in a hosts...

I will never have Airbnb Superhost status

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From the start of the year my star ratings have gradually gotten worse. In January I had 79% 5 star reviews, just shy of the 80% required for Superhost status. Since then my five star reviews have dropped to 66%. For a while I was very unsure why the ratings had dropped so much. Almost all my guests had written in their reviews that they were very happy with their stay. The only negative review I recall said the “bathroom was too cold” which was true because my wife had left a window open in the room across the hallway and we didn’t notice for two days (whoops!). Room For Improvement Recently...

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