Airbnb

We're thinking of letting out annexe via Airbnb and were wondering if any of you have any experience using them.

Devon.
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  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,422

    I have a couple of friends who do it and I haven't heard them speak of any problems.

    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,862

    I HAVEN'T HEARD ANYBODY SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT IT BUT, IF YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL IS "AWARE OF YOUR CASE", YOU MIGHT COME UP AGAINST A COMPLAINT SUCH AS THIS.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/more-complaints-over-dublin-airbnb-misuse-9nw6mgzxx

    JUST SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 21,299

    thanks for the info LG and Pansy.

    Pansy, we're not going down the path of longer term lets for the time being. 

    We're hoping to make enough during the peak weeks to balance out over the year.

    Devon.
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,236

    My neighbour has started this year (thanks for letting me know you rude little s**t) and had I known I wouldn't have bought this house. 

    Having said that...so far so good. There haven't been any issues apart from one oick walking his unleashed dog across another neighbour's fields. The folk he has in tend to be out touristing all day and knackered at night. 

    Give it a go. You can lay out the rules and you're not commited to anything long term. A nice little earner as they say. image

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 21,299

    pp, we're blessed with a lack of nearby neighbours, and we do have planning permission for  holiday let use, and none of them objected back then , so hopefully that's not an issue for us. 

    I know it was 2am when I was looking at their website, but it looks like they only charge 3% commission. Holidaycottages, charged us 20% and VAT was deducted.

    Last edited: 28 July 2017 08:35:39

    Devon.
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 738

    I use a local agent, they have plenty cottages, but it's not a massive company. I have been very happy with them, but I would be interested in your experience if you decide to go ahead. 

    My experience of airbnb as a customer, not that positive. Places looked tons better than they actually were. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 21,299

    First things first. We need to see how the tenants leave it on Tuesday.

    Devon.
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 3,449
    plant pauper says:

    My neighbour has started this year (thanks for letting me know you rude little s**t) and had I known I wouldn't have bought this house. 

    See original post

     Is there something in the deeds of your property to say that your neighbour has to obtain your permission before letting their house?  If so I'd suggest taking it up with a solicitor, if not.....tough!

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 3,449
    Hostafan1 says:

    First things first. We need to see how the tenants leave it on Tuesday.

    See original post

     Not used Airbnb either as a customer or supplier, but did read an interesting article recently by somebody who did rent out a room through Airbnb.  They are pulling out despite the fact that most of their renters were great.  Their opinion was that the small percentage who were bad took all the enjoyment out of it for them.  A single bad review resulted in Airbnb trying to force them to reduce the rent, likewise a couple of unused weeks would have the same effect.

    At the end of the day I think your own observation sums things up.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,236
    KT53 says:
    plant pauper says:

    My neighbour has started this year (thanks for letting me know you rude little s**t) and had I known I wouldn't have bought this house. 

    See original post

     Is there something in the deeds of your property to say that your neighbour has to obtain your permission before letting their house?  If so I'd suggest taking it up with a solicitor, if not.....tough!

    See original post

    He doesn't need to ask my permission for anything but it comes under the heading of common courtesy. Clearly there isn't much of it around. There is, however, an ignore button for folk who have even fewer manners than he.

    Thankfully he's far enough away for it to make little difference and now so are you.

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