We love our community of hosts. With the recent rash of reported thefts in LA and here in NYC, um, more “x-rated” violations of trust, we want to help you be extra-careful with your hosting. We’ve pretty much seen it all. Here are a few all-too-common mistakes we’ve seen as well as tips to prevent theft, destruction, or, uh, your apartment becoming a dirty movie’s film set.
“All my friends want to go in on a Hamptons rental this summer but I can’t afford it. Wait, I’ll post my apartment!” are sentences we’ve heard approximately 7,000 times. Before you do, take heed.
We’ve copiloted tons of hosts. We get feedback all the time from guests on their experience in New York. We’ve hosted ourselves. We know things. We’ve seen things. Good things. Bad things. Weird things.
If youse guys — sorry, you — want to be an host more than once, these are seven things you need to know: