Airbnb Hosting - Should I Allow Guests With No Reviews?

Hosting on Airbnb – Airbnb Hosting – Should I Allow Guests With No Reviews?


Airbnb Hosting – Should I Allow Guests With No Reviews?

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Many hosts are uneasy with Airbnb guests with no reviews. The big question is – should you allow airbnb guests with no reviews to stay at your home? Here are my thoughts. Take them as you will.

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Airbnb Hosting – Should I Allow Guests With No Reviews?

19 thoughts on “Hosting on Airbnb – Airbnb Hosting – Should I Allow Guests With No Reviews?

  1. As a new guest, having just made my first reservation, I appreciate this open-minded approach to new users of the platform. It turns out that I did the right thing in my request by being courteous and straightforward about my plans. I love how the community thrives on mutual respect and accountability, and I am eager to do my part to protect my host's property and my reputation as a guest.

  2. If I see that they have been on Airbnb for two years and have no reviews, I ask them if this is their first time booking. Is it true that poor ratings on guests will not be published if they do not provide a rating on the host? If so, this would cause me to hesitate to book someone who has been on Airbnb for a while without a review.

  3. All those questions seems way to invasion, just because someone doesn't tell you there employer information or other invasive questions doesn't mean they have something to hide. Some people are naturally more introverted than others and thats fine. But if people are that afraid to sub rent there homes or apts on Airbnb then maybe they shouldn't! I rather get a hotel, or booking.com has apts condos and houses now with less of a hassle.

  4. Sharing Government ID data with an internet company that uses anonymous people to tend their customer service is not being a "good law-abiding citizen" but rather being f cking dumb.

  5. I have to say "ask questions, interview thoroughly". We have yet to book through airbnb, but use vrbo. We are every ones perfect dream guests…older, good credit, authentic, good citizens. But when we traveled to view our last home purchase, we booked on Wed for a Friday Saturday 2 night stay…all the hotels were booked solid. We got shut down immediately. We began an email exchange to explain our why. We finally got the homeowner on board to save our proverbial bacon for lodging. She was following the red flag alert system, but in our case it did not hold true. The dialogue is what changed the equation. So yes, recognize red flags but pursue the dialogue.

  6. Richard, I am a new host on AirBNB with a property in Tulum Mexico. I chose to turn on the features requiring my guests to have Government issued ID and prior reviews for instant booking. As soon as I got my listing up, a day later, i had 2 booking requests that didn't meet the Govt ID and prior review requirement. So they could not do instant booking and their request came in to me to "accept" or "decline". At this point, there is a lot of demand in Tulum so i chose to decline and not take the risk for someone without ID or reviews. Now, what I noticed is that my listing being new was appearing on 1st or 2nd page when i did my own searches from a separate computer (to see where i rank). After i declined, i noticed I was literally the LAST PROPERTY on the list of 80 that showed up. So, I am very confused. It seems that AirBNB wants to give Hosts choice to control type of guests they want but when you decline because of those features, then you are a bad Host and put last and penalized. Can you comment on your experience regarding this and how to overcome this issue? How is Airbnb able to do this? When i called them to ask, they said "We want people without reviews or ID to be also able to book on Airbnb. We don't want to discriminate against them." To which i replied to them, then why do you give me a choice to select ID/Reviews as a feature? Just force that on the host in which case, maybe hosts who are not comfortable will not use Airbnb for lack of protections. But penalizing them is just absurd.

  7. Someone’s gotta start from the beginning right? It’s like someone who just graduated from college and applied for his very first job having no job experience. Just make sure to be very wise in asking questions that makes you comfortable they’re going to be a good guests.

  8. Hi Richard,
    I’m new to your channel. first 2 videos I watched, subscribed straightaway. I’m planning to host 2nd half of next year and I’m grateful that I found your channel. You have the most amazing airbnb content in youtube. All the best.

  9. We just started this journey about a month and a half ago and just recently I thought about searching YouTube for advice and what not. So far all is great but currently I have a guest at home that is suppose to leave this Friday and for whatever reason I have a funny feeling about them.

  10. I have hosted many guests with 0 reviews and they have all (well, not all) been lovely. I have educated them and welcomed them with open arms to our listing as well as Airbnb. There was one that I had a bad feeling about but I decided to follow through and regretted it. They were slobs and broke a few house rules. Well, tonight I had a request and before I even clicked on the message I had a bad feeling. Her message read, "visit family and hometown". That's it! In her bio she didn't give a description, her high school is not even from the state in which we have our listing so I didn't know if it was her hometown or the person that was coming with her and her message was ridiculous. I decided instead of asking her questions that I would just decline. In my message to her I said that I like my guests to be more forthcoming and that in the future to elaborate on the introduction. I also used your advise and said there were plenty of listings in the area and that I am sure she would find a better fit. She was appreciative of the advise but bummed that she didn't get to stay at our listing. I feel good that I don't have to worry about this guest even though she will probably turn out to be just fine. Thank you for your videos; I watch them all! Cheers!

  11. On our apartment, every guest must check in the building`s front desk. For that reason, we ask for their full name and ID one day before arriving . This is also a sing of assurance when they give us their information. Sometimes we look them up in facebook.

  12. I agree – I began hosting 6 months ago and have had many guest without reviews. I do not do IB instant booking with Airbnb – and I begin with questions and start a good dialogue and folks seem to show who they are fairly quickly. Many are new to Airbnb and so I get to show them the way to be a good guest and tell them about reviews and that I will be reviewing them – most DON"T know this. And so far I've only had one guest that showed a wild side and trashed the place somewhat – (she had one review that was perfect) so you can't always trust what you read. So I give folks the chance and assume they all are decent and am hopeful every time. That seems much nicer all the way around. Happy Hosting all……Thanks Richard for great videos and your expertise.

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