Airbnb Security Deposit & Cleaning Fees: Airbnb Tips

Hosts can add a security deposit to their listing as long as it is added before a reservation is booked. If a host makes a claim on the security deposit, it must be done within 48 hours of the check out date. If a claim is made, Airbnb will follow the transaction through until the end and collect payment from the guest if needed.

Security deposits must be done through Airbnb and cannot be done off site in cash because off site payments are a violation of Airbnb’s terms.

To add or edit a security deposit in your pricing settings in your Airbnb account:

  1. Go to Manage Listings on airbnb.com
  2. Select the listing you want to edit
  3. Select Pricing settings in the upper right-hand corner
  4. Under Additional Pricing Options, check the box next to Security deposit
  5. Enter an amount between $95 and $5,100 USD

A security deposit only applies to reservations booked after the changes have been made. They can not be applied retroactively to existing reservations.

Another additional fee that may be assessed (although this one is in advance rather than afterwards) is a cleaning fee. This helps hosts account for extra expenses required to prepare the space for incoming guests or clean after outgoing guests depart.

To add or edit a cleaning fee for your listing:

  1. Go to Manage Listings on airbnb.com
  2. Select the listing you want to edit
  3. Go to Pricing settings in the upper right-hand corner
  4. Under Additional Pricing Options, check the box next to Cleaning fee
  5. Enter the one-time cleaning fee you want to charge each reservation

The cleaning fee will only apply to reservations booked after the change is made.

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