Airbnb partners with NSW Seniors Card

Airbnb has come to an agreement with NSW Seniors Card to encourage more card holders to participate in the sharing economy.

 

As part of the Australian-first partnership, NSW Seniors Card members can now receive a $100 cash reward when they become a new host and complete their first successful booking of three nights or more at a minimum nightly rate of $50.

 

Card holders can receive a $20 Airbnb credit when they book as a guest for the first time on Airbnb.

 

Becoming a host on Airbnb is a way to earn supplemental income and meet travellers from across Australia and the world. The typical Airbnb host aged over 60 in Australia earns $6,228 a year income, which for many helps pay the mortgage or bills.

 

You need to consider how any extra income might reduce your pension, or make you ineligible for the pension at all.

 

Important terms and conditions; new hosts are eligible for $100 cash back when they complete their first booking of three nights or more at a minimum nightly charge of $50.

 

To become an Airbnb host - http://airbnb.evyy.net/c/1228243/435851/4560

To become an Airbnb guest book your trip at http://airbnb.evyy.net/c/1228243/468905/4560

For terms and conditions see https://www.seniorscard.nsw.gov.au/discounts/homepageoffers/airbnb

 

If you have any questions about the partnership, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

What to consider when being a host

MadeComfy, short-term rental specialist which manages the process of hosting from start-to-finish is urging all potential hosts to understand what’s involved before listing their property online.

 

MadeComfy’s Cofounder, Quirin Schwaighofer said, “... it’s really important for property owners to understand their responsibilities before listing a property on a short-term rental site such as Airbnb.”

 

MadeComfy has compiled the top five tips for any property owner considering short-term

rental:

  1. Screen your guests properly - understand the purpose of the visit, and make-up of the group. Don’t approve any large groups unsuited to your home, check out previous guest reviews, and ensure photo ID for verification. Make sure your guests show courtesy and respect to the property’s permanent neighbours at all times.

 

  1. Make sure your STR (short-term rental) insurance is in place - understand what makes a valid claim (broken windows; holes in the walls; large stains on carpet or furniture eg. red wine; large scratches on new floor) and what doesn’t (broken appliances due to normal wear and tear; lost cutlery or crockery - anything of value should be locked away).

 

  1. Make sure your property photography, description, and pricing is accurate and appropriate - while guests expect you to highlight the best points of your property, don’t tell porkies. Nothing guarantees complaints (and bad reviews) faster than over-priced accommodation which looks nothing like the listing. Understand the supply and demand of Airbnb listings in your area for the time you are renting out, to set a right price that maximises your returns and occupancy.

 

  1. Pay attention to detail - it’s the little things that guests are most likely to remember, and recommend about your property. Coffee machine? Make sure the pods are well-stocked. TV and air-conditioning? Make sure the remote control batteries work. Unwanted creepy crawlies? Undertake regular, professional pest control. Great guest experience means great reviews for your Airbnb listing, and that brings more future bookings and enables you to charge premium.

 

  1. Running an Airbnb property takes time and commitment, make sure you can give it both - Airbnb is not set and forget. Unless you can commit your 24/7 time and headspace to running the property, think twice, OR get in touch with a property management service such as MadeComfy who can manage the process for you.

 

20 April 2018.