Airbnb connects hosts and travelers who need a place to stay. It lets you list your spare room, garage apartment, a tent in your yard, your whole house or any other spot someone can lay their weary head. You could earn money from the space you’re sitting in right now.

It’s easy to become an Airbnb host in most areas, and it’s always free to create a listing. Entire apartments and homes, private rooms, treehouses, and castles are just a few of the properties hosts have shared on Airbnb. For more details on what’s expected of hosts, check out Airbnb’s community standards, which revolve around safety, security, and reliability, and hospitality standards, which help hosts earn great guest reviews.

Airbnb verifies some information about guests and hosts to help make our community a safer place for everyone. That includes requiring a profile photo, confirmed phone number, and confirmed email address. As a host, for added security, you can also ask potential guests to provide an official ID and complete Airbnb’s Verified ID process.

What you charge is always up to you, but we do provide tips to help make your space more competitive. When you create a listing on Airbnb, we suggest a price for your property based on your location and other factors. You can set nightly, weekly, and/or monthly rates. Our Smart Pricing tool can help you get the most from your Airbnb. All payments are processed securely through Airbnb’s online payment system. Guests are charged when a reservation is made, and hosts are paid 24 hours after check-in. How you’re paid is up to you: You can set up direct deposit, PayPal, or a number of other options.

Accidents are rare on Airbnb, but just in case, we’ve got your back. The Host Protection Insurance programme now provides primary coverage for Airbnb hosts and landlords, as additional insureds, in over 15 countries. Its programme protects against liability claims up to $1 million USD that occur in a listing, or on an Airbnb property, during a stay.

How to be an Airbnb host

1. Create your listing

It’s free and easy to create a listing on Airbnb. Describe your space, how many guests you can accommodate, and add photos and details.

The pricing tool can recommend competitive rates, but what you charge is always up to you.

2. Welcome guests

Get to know guests before arrival by messaging them on our platform.

Most hosts clean the spaces guests can use, and provide essentials like clean sheets, towels, and toilet paper.

You can greet guests in person with a key or just send them a door code.

3. Get paid

Airbnb’s secure payment system means you never have to deal with money directly.

Guests are charged before arrival, and you are paid automatically after check in, minus a 3% service fee.

You can be paid via PayPal, direct deposit, or international money wire, amongst other ways.

Why host on Airbnb?

No matter what kind of home or room you have to share, Airbnb makes it simple and secure to earn money and reach millions of travellers looking for unique places to stay, just like yours.

You’re in control

With Airbnb, you’re in full control of your availability, prices, house rules, and how you interact with guests. You can set check-in times and handle the process however you like.

Airbnb is there at every step

Airbnb offers tools, hospitality tips, 24/7 support, and an online community of experienced hosts for questions and sharing ideas for success.


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