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Anyone use Air B&B for a Long Term Rental -- 3 Months or So ????

Posted on February 20, 2021 at 14:20:34

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Location: Minneapolis - St.Paul Area
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Reading the fine Print of AirB&B it seems that on a Long Term Rental (I have been looking for 3 months) --- You can cancel without a Fee for 48 hours. After that short 2 Days, if you cancel you have to pay for the first 30 days and the Service Fee! So, If I'm renting a property for $5 Grand a Month, the cancellation fee is around $6.5 Grand even if it is a year in advance.

VRBO (As much as I despise them) -- Most properties you can cancel without any Fees, usually before 60 days of arrival.

Do I have this correct? --- If so, I would never rent from AirB&B.


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Air Bnb: 3/4s of our experiences have been bad. , posted on February 20, 2021 at 15:17:26

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Location: Willamette Valley OR
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April 8, 2006
Often, if for a short stay, the "fees" and "cleaning" make it not much better than a hotel, price-wise. Hotels, of course, usually have on-site amenities, i.e. restaurant, pool.

Long term, we also considered it last year: the cancellation hit was the deal killer for us, too.


Alternate if you can..., posted on February 20, 2021 at 20:03:04

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Location: Hong Kong
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Is to rent out a bed and breakfast in the off-seasons.

When I taught up in Port McNeil the off-season was October to May. So I rented it out for $400 Canadian a month. This did not include breakfast or cleaning mind you but at least it was furnished and she gave me a vacuum. There was a coin laundry down the street. Granted I was single at the time so it was fine for me. It was not large enough for a family. It had a partial kitchen - so a 2 burner hot plate, fridge, and microwave.

Surely there must be something similar where you live. $5k seems a lot - even a decent motel should not run that much and should be able to give you a deal considering no one is really traveling.


RE: Alternate if you can..., posted on February 21, 2021 at 04:00:01

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Location: Minneapolis - St.Paul Area
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I could, but I don't want to.....

I leave the Minnesota winter for a Warm Climate. And $5 Grand a month is not a lot for this type of thing. And I usually have to rent about a year in advance to even get a place. I am competing with all of Canada and the Northern U.S. in doing this.

If my objective was just to visit an island, yes I could go there in our summer and probably get the same place for under $2 Grand a month. But then I'd be in Minneapolis right now, where the temperature did not get above zero last week. : -(


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