How to screen for the best guests?

We all have heard the stories about nightmare guests who destroy someone’s property or left it a filthy mess. This happens all the time, but it’s very easy to employ some strategies to mitigate the risk of this happening. Airbnb helps with some of these issues by giving the host screening tools such as requiring a government ID, email address, or Facebook profile. Yes, these are a great start but they are only some of the things you should employ. Here are a few more:

  1. Age requirements to rent – all of our properties require the renter to be 25 years old. It is just like all rental car companies and it is legal due to insurance regulations where our properties are located. (Please make sure to verify all renting requirements in your specific market.)
  2. Strict number of people – Always have a strict requirement on how many people you allow. Make it a very clear rule and any violation is grounds for immediate eviction.
  3. Speak to everyone – we do not require our guests to speak directly with us before booking, but I know hosts who do and they are able to screen guests to make sure there is not any possibility of rules violations.
  4. Strict NO PARTY rule – We are very strict on having no parties in our properties, and will evict immediately if there is a call because of noise.
  5. Screen local renters and speak to them at length. All of our properties are a 2 night minimum, and we ask multiple questions to local guests. It is well known that local guests have the risk of throwing a huge party, or having some kind of event. This is not a definite, but with some questions you can determine if this is the case.

These are a few suggestions to ensure that you attract guests who you want, and want to return. The horror stories that are out there because hosts were not prepared. Thanks so much!

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