Howdy, to all you happy hosts and rental rock stars! I hope your January was full of booked nights and 5-star reviews. As 2019 picks up steam, there have been massive changes to laws and regulations all across the country. Even though it is unfair to change the rules mid-game, ignorance is not a defense from fines and prosecution. So, consider this a friendly reminder to make sure you know what your local regulations are so you can act accordingly. Now, with that reminder out of the way, let's move on to this month's Rental Host Wrap Up:
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Bad Law Crackbacks
Well, it's not all bad news on the new law front for Short Term Rental Hosts. A recent court ruling in New York City is blocking a law that would have dramatically cut down on the number of people able to do short term rentals. This is a great example that the fight is never over and hosts can always attempt to appeal to a higher authority. I think one of the best examples of this is what happened with Uber in Las Vegas. After city officials essentially outlawed ride-sharing apps, advocates backed by the companies were able to plead their case at a state level. They ultimately won and now Uber and Lyft are major players in the city's transportation system. Hopefully, hosts in Las Vegas will receive that same kind of backing and support from the Short Term Rental companies.
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Hosting Tip: Cleaning Hacks
We all know that cleanliness is vital to the success of any Short Term Rental. But, after a while, you can start to feel like a cleaning slave, especially if you have a lot of one-nighter bookings. You wake up, clean, welcome guest, sleep, repeat. The best way to combat the infinite cleaning loop is to find ways to speed up the process. Now, we're not talking about doing a subpar cleaning job. We don't want you to get any bad reviews, or worse, have your super host status revoked. Instead, it's time to make a plan, get efficient and follow these tips to shave minutes off of your cleaning time.
Question of the Month
Rental hosts rarely receive the opportunity to see how other hosts operate which makes it hard to learn and improve. The solution? Every month, I ask a question so we can all learn from each other.
Last month, I asked about the self check-in process. Unfortunately, I messed up the responses so we didn't get good results. My sincere apologies about that. However, I think this is an important question that we should try again.