Airbnb Security: Tech Items to Keep Your Rental Safe & Secure

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By The Hospitable Team

Renting out your property on Airbnb presents some unique security challenges for hosts. When guests come and go from your home or apartment, keeping your rental space safe and secure can get tricky.

There are plenty of ways to protect your home while you’re not there using smart tech items, especially when you’re allowing new people in your space. However, when it comes to Airbnb security gadgets, such as security cameras and noise detectors, using them, in some cases, can be legally problematic.

Read on to find out how to use technology to feel safer and more secure as an Airbnb host while abiding by Airbnb’s legal terms and conditions.

You may also want to check out our list of Airbnb do’s and don’ts every host should know.

Airbnb Security System: Smart Home Security Devices for Hosts

While Airbnb may seem like a safe place to find reliable guests, being a proactive planner is essential. You should set up an Airbnb security system to help you achieve peace of mind when new people stay in your space and you’re not there. Remember that Airbnb has strict rules about whether and how to use home security devices and when to inform your guests about them.

Smart home security devices can help protect your rental space and guests and make your place more high-tech and convenient. They will improve your guests’ experience during their stay, increasing your chances of getting 5-star reviews and more bookings.

Creating a perfect guest experience usually means a lot of work for you as a host. You’ll need to answer all inquiries as fast as possible and organize your team to ensure proper cleaning and maintenance of your rental space. You’ll save time using tools like Hospitable to streamline your operations. With Hospitable, you can automate almost all routine tasks, even if you manage multiple listings on different OTA websites.

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When tightening your Airbnb security, choosing a custom package of devices that fit your needs is better than picking a standard security kit to protect your Airbnb rental and personal self. Let’s look at some gadgets you can use as an Airbnb host to enhance the security of your vacation rental property.

Doorbell surveillance systems

Smart doorbell systems come equipped with video surveillance, allowing the property owner to track how many guests are coming and going from the location. If you are worried about guests breaking your no-pet rules or bringing extra visitors they didn’t pay for, this smart home gadget will keep your property under control while you are away.

Airbnb hosts are also allowed to have exterior security cameras, so you can install them, for example, in your front yard or patio, but you need to disclose their location to guests. However, hosts are prohibited from monitoring their guests in areas where people have a greater expectation of privacy, such as inside an enclosed outdoor shower or in a sauna. Keep in mind that Airbnb recently updated its camera policy and banned the use of security cameras inside listings.

Smart locks

Having old-fashioned physical keys for your property can be risky because guests often lose them or check out without returning the key. Smart locks add another layer of security and ensure keyless entry to your home or apartment, so you can offer your guests self-check-in and will be able to manage your Airbnb remotely.

Airbnb lets hosts send unique passcodes to guests through the app just a few days before they’re expected to arrive to give them temporary access to the property. The passcode expires after the arranged check-out time.

If you opt for Hospitable, you can automate messaging door codes to guests on multiple booking channels, including Airbnb, Booking.com, Vrbo, and your direct booking website. Hospitable integrates with many popular smart lock systems and will automatically create and send unique door codes to your reserved guests shortly before check-in.

Carbon monoxide and smoke detector

Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are perfect devices for potential life-and-death situations. Your guests will feel much more at ease when these systems are installed. Airbnb encourages all hosts to install smoke and CO detectors in their rental spaces. They also provide one free device to anyone with an active listing—only one per host. But if your property is very large, you may need more than one of these devices for complete safety.

Noise detector

If you are not okay with your guests having a party in the house, you might want to use smart devices and apps to be in control. Noise monitoring software like Minut and Alertify can’t identify or record individual sounds. Such devices measure decibel levels over time to help keep your home safe and avoid neighbor complaints while respecting your guests’ privacy.

Noise sensors allow you to detect the exact level of noise level happening at your rental property at any given moment. Such devices can help avoid sticky situations with neighbors and even the police. They will notify you if an unusually noisy situation is occurring so you can intervene.

Airbnb allows hosts to have noise decibel monitors inside their rental properties, although hosts must disclose where such devices are located. But you cannot install them in bedrooms, bathrooms, and sleeping areas.

Motion sensors

If you use your rental property as a home for yourself during some times of the year, motion sensors can help you restrict certain parts. Smart motion detectors will send notifications to let you know when guests begin to enter these restricted areas. As long as motion sensors aren’t equipped with video or photo cameras and audio monitors, they’re completely fair game.

Smart thermostat

This device can make controlling the temperatures of your space much easier. A smart thermostat can be a selling point for any potential guests, especially if your property is in a country with extreme weather. They can also help you save on the bills because they are eco-friendly and prevent energy waste.

Ensuring Airbnb Property Security Is Paramount

Ensuring home security is an essential responsibility for Airbnb hosts. You must take the necessary steps to provide guests with a safe and comfortable stay. But don’t forget that you must also respect your guests’ privacy.

Setting up a home security system is brilliant if you follow Airbnb’s policies (and laws) because it will help you protect your property and provide a secure environment for your guests. This way, such an upgrade will also make your rental space more attractive to privacy-conscious travelers because high-level Airbnb security puts the guest’s mind at ease.

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Airbnb Dos and Don’ts Every Host Should Know

Want to become a great host with plenty of 5-star reviews? You’ll need to make your listing stand out from the crowd and do your best to delight your guests. To help you navigate your way in the hosting world and avoid common mistakes, we have put together this list of Airbnb dos and don’ts you should keep in mind.

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Airbnb Extra Guest Fee: Does It Fit Into Your Pricing Strategy?

Setting your pricing strategy is one of the hardest aspects of being an Airbnb host. Doing it right is important for staying competitive and attracting more bookings. You can raise your nightly rate by charging an extra fee when you host more guests than usual. Let’s see how you can use an extra guest fee to boost your income on Airbnb.

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Airbnb Home Safety: Best Practices for Hosts

It’s your responsibility as a host to make your place safer for guests and ensure they will access help in case of emergency as quickly and easily as possible. Read this article to learn what you can do to minimize safety risks to guests and provide them with the necessary information.

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