What to Consider Before Hosting Long Term Airbnb Guests: Airbnb Tips

In most places in the United States, any guest that stays in a home or apartment for about 30 days (the exact number is jurisdiction- dependent) may establish rights as a tenant. Typically, this means that local tenancy laws may protect your guests, and you may not be able to remove them from your property without proceeding through the required court eviction processes.

Some examples of states with 30 day tenancy laws are New York, Illinois and California. A guest that stays with you for less than 30 days typically does not have the rights of a tenant unless there is a written agreement otherwise. However, every state is different. Local laws may differ from state laws on tenancy. Airbnb suggests that hosts review local rules and regulations (county and city) before you decide whether or not to accept a long term (30 day or more) reservation.

If you find yourself in the rare situation of a guest refusing to leave, Airbnb will work with you and help you resolve the problem with your guest. If this happens to you, contact Airbnb’s 24/7 support team as soon as possible.

If you do end up renting your space for more than 30 days, you should think about asking guests to sign a rental agreement. If this is the case, be sure to state this policy in your House Rules and discuss with guests before finalizing a booking. Local regulations vary greatly, so do some research before creating a rental agreement.

Locally governed rent control laws include limits on rent increases and eviction restrictions- some of which may override state law. Airbnb recommends contacting your local government offices to learn more about local rent control laws and how these might affect a long term reservation with Airbnb.

If a guest overstays their long term reservation, as a host, in nearly every jurisdiction you have the right to evict tenants via summary proceedings. Contact your local courts if you find yourself in this situation.

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