Airbnb Home Security Tips To Protect Your Guests and Home
Hundreds of thousands of homeowners and renters use Airbnb to make extra money, but are the risks worth the benefit? Host horror stories include guests throwing wild parties and opening pop-up brothels. Yikes! What’s a host to do? Airbnb home security systems protect your property, guests, and may even allow you to charge a bit more for the rental. What’s not to like?
Have you been thinking of renting out your property using Airbnb or similar service? While this can be very profitable, there are a few things we can help you with that will reduce the risk of being another host horror story. One of our unique alarm installations could help protect your property, guests and peace of mind from unwanted parties or disturbances.
Home Security Systems: Airbnb Community Standards
Airbnb rules prohibit hosts for using hidden cameras or any sort of surveillance system to spy on guests. You must follow the Community Standards/Rules of any sort of surveillance device or face penalties:
“If you’re a host and you have any type of security camera or other recording device in or around a listing, even if it’s not turned on or hooked up, we require that you indicate its presence in your House Rules. We also require you to disclose if an active recording is taking place. If a host discloses the device after booking, Airbnb will allow the guest to cancel the reservation and receive a refund. Host cancellation penalties may apply.” – Airbnb
While this this doesn’t prohibit all cameras in all areas: it does require you to disclose their presence.
Airbnb doesn’t require hosts to have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors, but why wouldn’t you? They save lives and reduce home insurance premiums. You get an added layer of security with a smoke detector that integrates with your monitored home security system: it will report the fire even if you aren’t home to hear the alarm.
You must respect guests’ privacy, but you can “trust, but verify” using these home security options.
Keyless Entry Systems: No More Copied Keys
Even without Airbnb, a keyless entry system is an important safety feature for anyone who regularly has people in and out of the house – dog walkers, babysitters, cleaning crews, etc. It’s easy to get a key copied, and landlords don’t always change the locks when a new renter moves in. In that case, you really have no idea how many people have keys to your house.
With keyless entry, you give guests a pass code instead of a key. It can’t be copied, and only works for the length of the guest’s stay. This is safer for you and your guests: they can be sure that last week’s Airbnb customer won’t have access to the property or their stuff.
OFF LIMITS! Protect Personal Areas with Entry Sensors
Airbnb home security guidelines encourage hosts to lock up valuables, but entry sensors allow you to protect specific areas or entire rooms.
Guests in your home – even paying guests – should understand that some areas are private: bedrooms, bedside tables, medicine cabinets, and anywhere else they’ve been asked to avoid. Make sure the basic orientation information about the property lists all “off-limits” areas. Still, be prepared: some people are either poor listeners or just plain nosy.
Use entry sensors to alert you if someone opens a prohibited door, window, cabinet, or drawer. They will also give you a heads up if your guests accidentally leave a door or window open when they check out. If you’re not nearby, you can dispatch a friend or property agent to secure the property.