Airbnb: getting started as a host

Airbnb: getting started as a host

Airbnb: getting started as a host

Airbnb is something of a phenomenon, it has transformed the way people think about finding a place to stay and has provided fresh opportunities for landlords and guests.  It covers 81,000 cities and 191 countries across the globe.

Many people wonder how they can get started with an Airbnb business.

On the face of it, Airbnb provides a real win-win for guests and hosts alike. For landlords, participating in Airbnb is a great way to either increase rental yields from property in an area that attracts visitors or in many cases to generate income from outbuildings, spare rooms and disused space. It can be very tax efficient and simple to manage. For guests, Airbnb provides an economical and practical alternative to booking a hotel room.

Almost any type of property can be listed on Airbnb including single rooms, apartments, entire houses and even moored yachts and houseboats. Hosts set their price and listings are free; if you have the right property it’s easy to get up and running.



On the downside, the biggest risk to any host is that the property may be damaged or require additional and frequent maintenance. That’s why it is vitally important that the property is kept in good order and all fixtures and fittings are robust. The property will also need to comply with health and safety regulation. This is particularly important when it comes to electrical and gas installations, fire safety equipment and ventilation.



In the UK, one of the ‘hottest’ Airbnb destinations is the beautiful city of Bath.  

Located in the very heart of this historic city, within a stone’s throw of the iconic Roman Baths, Mobius recently refurbished a property, that was most recently a Nationwide Bank, to create four apartments above the commercial space ready to be listed on Airbnb. The building is grade one listed and in the heart of the World Heritage Centre. It is a quirky property that contained various secret chambers and bank vaults within its walls.



Working for a London based landlord Mobius was able to provide a complete refurbishment to provide four luxury apartments that could be let to some of Bath’s many visitors.  The work included new bathrooms, kitchens, electrics, plumbing and complete redecoration.  We handed the keys back to our client in a matter of weeks and the apartments were ready to list, without fuss. These properties are now listed on Airbnb and are proving to be extremely popular with guests, making them a very profitable rental investment.

If you have a property, or disused space that you think could work as an Airbnb if refurbished, contact us for a no obligation quotation and we can help you to make it reality.



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