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How can you successfully operate a short-term rental?

On Behalf of | Jul 7, 2023 | Airbnb

There are different ways to earn additional income, and for you, the most reasonable and practical way to make your living or diversify your income may be to own and operate short-term rentals. For many homeowners, this could include renting personal property on Airbnb and other similar websites. Depending on where you live and the demand for vacation rentals or short-term stays, this could be a prudent way to boost your income. 

However, there is much more involved with this process than simply deciding to list your home on a website and wait for bookings. You will benefit from seeking guidance regarding the ways you can protect your legal interests at every step in this process. Before you move forward with this important decision, it is critical to do your due diligence and seek insight into possible pitfalls you could face, difficult circumstances that could arise and other issues that could affect you in a negative way. 

Steps to becoming an Airbnb business owner 

After deciding that you want to list your property as a short-term rental, you will need to do a few things to ensure that you are not exposing yourself to any unnecessary risks. There are other parties to consider, including your HOA, your landlord, your roommates and others, which means that the first step will be to ensure that you have the permission you need to take this step. In addition to this, you will benefit from taking the following steps: 

  • Prepare your rental property for guests, including fixing any hazards, ensuring the property has adequate lighting, installing a keyless lock and more. 
  • Determine the right price to charge your guests, which you can do by comparing your property with other rentals in the area. 
  • List your property on the appropriate website, such as Airbnb, and consider enlisting the help of another host. 
  • Keep track of your records as this will be important during tax time and in the event of a complication with a renter. 

You do not have to navigate the process of listing and operating your Pennsylvania property for short-term rental alone. You will benefit from seeking insight regarding the legal options available to you and what you need to do to minimize risk, get necessary permissions, secure your interests and prevent issues. Preparation is key to your success as a new rental property host and business owner.