How to rent an apartment on Airbnb

Ask Airbnb If you don’t want to shell out for a place on Airbnb, you can also choose to sublet your home through a reservation site such as Booking.com or Agoda. When reserving a…

How to rent an apartment on Airbnb

Ask Airbnb

If you don’t want to shell out for a place on Airbnb, you can also choose to sublet your home through a reservation site such as Booking.com or Agoda. When reserving a place, you could specify whether you intend to let out your entire apartment or a specific part of it.

If you’re conscious of getting the most revenue, you can also set a maximum rental period.

In Europe, you have to be present in the apartment to book. Depending on the country, you might get a note saying you have to be present for a minimum period, or your fee might be cut.

Choose a site where the cost is comparable to Airbnb’s.

Consider multiple listing fees

It’s perfectly legal to list multiple listings through different listing services. You could list on sites such as WotsYourPrice.com or SoHomeMogul to break down your commission. Depending on the site you go with, you might get a different fee, typically 20%, on a short-term listing versus a listing on the multiple sites. Then factor in 20% more to maintain a uniform look across your listings.

Get personal references

Two- or three-star reviews can be detrimental to your rental. Rather than just posting reviews, get a personal recommendation from a friend or relative who’s already had a positive experience. Another tip is to add a photo on each listing, and make sure to add links to your personal home page to give prospective renters an idea of your area.

Think outside the box

If you’re willing to give up part of your apartment, then consider letting part of the space out to someone else. Create a (payment-ready) calendar widget or even have a form on your mobile phone to access your apartment on the spot. You could also be very flexible in how much time is given to the sublet.

Use a broker

You might just have to hire someone. This could cost anything from about $75 to $400 a night. Then again, it might be possible to use a broker who offers to be an intermediary between you and potential renters.

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