How does Airbnb handle security deposits?
Hosts can add a security deposit to their listing, as long as they add it before a reservation is booked.
If a host wants to make a claim on the security deposit, they must do so within 14 days of the checkout date or before a new guest checks in, whichever is earlier. If a claim is made, Airbnb will mediate and collect payment from the guest, as necessary.
Security deposits can't be handled off-site in cash, as off-site payments are a violation of our terms.