Is it legal?
The most important detail is to determine if you can legally be an Airbnb host. Local zoning and registration laws differ from state to state. In addition to your state laws, some areas have legal restrictions on short-term rentals. If you rent an apartment, own a condo, or belong to a HOA, there may be more hoops to jump through as you’ll need to get permission before laying out the welcome mat. Here are other ways you can make money fast.
Keeping peace with the Joneses
All systems are go on the legal front, but what do your neighbors think of you being an Airbnb host? Superhosts (a Superhost must have at least 80 percent of their reviews be five stars) Kerith Henderson and her husband of Los Angeles, California, approached their neighbors with their plans to rent out their guest house and met no resistance. Unfortunately, your neighbors may not share your enthusiasm for hosting people from all over the world. “There are people out there with the wrong idea about Airbnb guests. They think that they are transients, with no respect of a neighborhood or its elements,” says Hendersen. The Hendersen’s haven’t had any negative experiences. Their guests have been very respectful of their property and neighborhood. “Airbnb guests are people who want to travel the world and learn about the area they are visiting in a way you can’t do when you stay at a hotel. They want to benefit the neighborhoods they visit!” Find out other ways to build trust with your neighbors.