Everything You Need to Know About Airbnb in Ireland
August 17, 2017 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

Thinking of planning a break away in Ireland this year? If so then one of the first priorities is finding affordable accommodation which can become an absolute nightmare. In this respect, Airbnb is a good place to start when you’re on a specific budget.

Rather than taking a break yourself, you might even be considering hosting guests in a bid to increase your income. Airbnb makes it possible for people to make use of this as a platform for becoming a host too.

So What Exactly is Airbnb?

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Airbnb is described as being both an online marketplace and a hospitality service that allows people to lease or rent short-term lodging such as a hotel room, a hostel, homestays or renting an apartment. The cost of lodging is set by individual hosts, Airbnb acts merely as a platform for people to advertise so it only receives a percentage in commission from both hosts and guests during bookings.

Fun fact also, it has investment partners that include Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary, but will it be the next Trivago? Watch this space!

Renting

First thing’s first, you can access Airbnb via their websites depending on what country you wish to stay or you can download their app for Android or IOS. You will need to register and create an account, but all of that is free.

Process

Finding somewhere to suit your needs is very straightforward after that. Simply type into the search field where and when you want to go and how many guests will be staying. Many options will appear including tabs which allow you to specify your price range and the type of room desired.

There is a feature where guests can message other users privately to get honest opinions before making a booking along with the ability to add prospective lodgings to a wish list. We like the sound of that!

renting-process

Fees & Requirements

On each booking, there is a guest services fee charge of 6%-12% by Airbnb itself and it is required that guests provide a profile of themselves prior to booking. This includes a name, photo, phone number, email address, payment information and a scan of some form of verified government ID if specifically asked for it by the host. They must also sign an agreement to abide by the house rules of the individual host. After that, you’re good to go!

Payment can be made to the host through the Security Payments feature and the money is withdrawn 24 hours after check-in.

Hosting

If you are on the other end of the scale and would prefer to lease accommodation, you simply log in to your Airbnb account and create a listing by clicking on the Host menu.

What to Charge

As part of this you get to decide the price to charge for your accommodation. This can change on a nightly, weekly, monthly or seasonal basis according to the individual host. Hosts are charged a fee of between 3-5% as commission which the Airbnb company receives. Any additional add-ons that the host provides for guests such as excursions are also charged at a rate of 20% in commission.

How to Market the Listing

Another aspect of preparing the listing is to outline a basic description of what you offer. You must mention for example a general description of the residence (complete with photographs), the house rules, amenities, cancellation policies and availability dates. Free professional photography is provided by Airbnb for hosts that were assessed as suitable.

Dealing with Guests

Guests who want to ask questions can message the host through Airbnb. If the host decides to enable “instant book”, they have 24 hours to accept or decline a guest that has booked as requests are automatically accepted and put on hold. Only after reservations have been made do the hosts arrange meeting times and exchange contact details with guests. It is important that hosts are able to investigate user profiles of guests and vice versa to ensure that the experience will be secure and safe.

If a host is unhappy with correspondence with a guest, they reserve the right to cancel the booking on their behalf.

dealing-with-guests

Legal Conditions

Certain important legal conditions should also be noted before you consider becoming a host. For example, the collection of a transient occupancy tax by Airbnb is required in some cities where there are restrictions on subletting for short amounts of time. Often hosts may also be asked to register to obtain a permit or licence from the government or to pay income taxes on income received.

Insuring Your Property

Insurance is also a crucial element that hosts are recommended to have by Airbnb. This would cover damage that might be caused by guests. The company also offers host guarantee secondary insurance which specifically covers damage due to vandalism, theft and property loss. If the host feels that there is anything questionable about a guest’s behaviour, they can phone the 24 hour customer service hotline and their task force will look into it.

Mandatory non-refundable cleaning fees and security deposits are also permitted for hosts to make use of if they wish as supported by Airbnb.

Taking it Social

Airbnb accounts can be linked to social media accounts such as Facebook which is positive because it enables hosts to have extended advertising methods whilst being able to gather more information on potential guests staying there also.

The Next Step

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If you think Airbnb might be worth looking into for deciding on accommodation in Ireland, you can head to their Irish website at www.airbnb.ie for further details on how you can have a nice stay without breaking the bank! Keep an eye out for our next Airbnb piece where we will look at some of the best listings available in Ireland for rent!

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Everything You Need to Know About Airbnb in Ireland
August 17, 2017 (No Comments) by Alannah Kenny

Thinking of planning a break away in Ireland this year? If so then one of the first priorities is finding affordable accommodation which can become an absolute nightmare. In this respect, Airbnb is a good place to start when you’re on a specific budget.

Rather than taking a break yourself, you might even be considering hosting guests in a bid to increase your income. Airbnb makes it possible for people to make use of this as a platform for becoming a host too.

So What Exactly is Airbnb?

so-what-exactly-is-airbnb

Airbnb is described as being both an online marketplace and a hospitality service that allows people to lease or rent short-term lodging such as a hotel room, a hostel, homestays or renting an apartment. The cost of lodging is set by individual hosts, Airbnb acts merely as a platform for people to advertise so it only receives a percentage in commission from both hosts and guests during bookings.

Fun fact also, it has investment partners that include Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary, but will it be the next Trivago? Watch this space!

Renting

First thing’s first, you can access Airbnb via their websites depending on what country you wish to stay or you can download their app for Android or IOS. You will need to register and create an account, but all of that is free.

Process

Finding somewhere to suit your needs is very straightforward after that. Simply type into the search field where and when you want to go and how many guests will be staying. Many options will appear including tabs which allow you to specify your price range and the type of room desired.

There is a feature where guests can message other users privately to get honest opinions before making a booking along with the ability to add prospective lodgings to a wish list. We like the sound of that!

renting-process

Fees & Requirements

On each booking, there is a guest services fee charge of 6%-12% by Airbnb itself and it is required that guests provide a profile of themselves prior to booking. This includes a name, photo, phone number, email address, payment information and a scan of some form of verified government ID if specifically asked for it by the host. They must also sign an agreement to abide by the house rules of the individual host. After that, you’re good to go!

Payment can be made to the host through the Security Payments feature and the money is withdrawn 24 hours after check-in.

Hosting

If you are on the other end of the scale and would prefer to lease accommodation, you simply log in to your Airbnb account and create a listing by clicking on the Host menu.

What to Charge

As part of this you get to decide the price to charge for your accommodation. This can change on a nightly, weekly, monthly or seasonal basis according to the individual host. Hosts are charged a fee of between 3-5% as commission which the Airbnb company receives. Any additional add-ons that the host provides for guests such as excursions are also charged at a rate of 20% in commission.

How to Market the Listing

Another aspect of preparing the listing is to outline a basic description of what you offer. You must mention for example a general description of the residence (complete with photographs), the house rules, amenities, cancellation policies and availability dates. Free professional photography is provided by Airbnb for hosts that were assessed as suitable.

Dealing with Guests

Guests who want to ask questions can message the host through Airbnb. If the host decides to enable “instant book”, they have 24 hours to accept or decline a guest that has booked as requests are automatically accepted and put on hold. Only after reservations have been made do the hosts arrange meeting times and exchange contact details with guests. It is important that hosts are able to investigate user profiles of guests and vice versa to ensure that the experience will be secure and safe.

If a host is unhappy with correspondence with a guest, they reserve the right to cancel the booking on their behalf.

dealing-with-guests

Legal Conditions

Certain important legal conditions should also be noted before you consider becoming a host. For example, the collection of a transient occupancy tax by Airbnb is required in some cities where there are restrictions on subletting for short amounts of time. Often hosts may also be asked to register to obtain a permit or licence from the government or to pay income taxes on income received.

Insuring Your Property

Insurance is also a crucial element that hosts are recommended to have by Airbnb. This would cover damage that might be caused by guests. The company also offers host guarantee secondary insurance which specifically covers damage due to vandalism, theft and property loss. If the host feels that there is anything questionable about a guest’s behaviour, they can phone the 24 hour customer service hotline and their task force will look into it.

Mandatory non-refundable cleaning fees and security deposits are also permitted for hosts to make use of if they wish as supported by Airbnb.

Taking it Social

Airbnb accounts can be linked to social media accounts such as Facebook which is positive because it enables hosts to have extended advertising methods whilst being able to gather more information on potential guests staying there also.

The Next Step

everything-you-need-to-know-about-airbnb-in-ireland

If you think Airbnb might be worth looking into for deciding on accommodation in Ireland, you can head to their Irish website at www.airbnb.ie for further details on how you can have a nice stay without breaking the bank! Keep an eye out for our next Airbnb piece where we will look at some of the best listings available in Ireland for rent!

Alannah Kenny
Interested in big events and likes to keep up to date with celebrity culture as a personal interest. An avid reader and movie lover, enjoys in depth discussions about anything related to dystopian fiction!

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