How can I prepare myself as a host?

Trust and safety within our community is our highest priority. There are great ways you can prepare and protect yourself as a host on Airbnb.

1. Screen profiles and reviews of your potential guests. Look for verified phone numbers, connected social networks, and references, and be sure to read any reviews left by other Airbnb hosts. If their profiles are a bit bare, feel free to ask inquiring guests to complete some profile verifications before booking with you. 

2. Message on Airbnb before booking a reservation. Make sure to keep your communication on our website. Take advantage of our messaging system to learn about your guests and to explain your expectations.

3. Set reservation requirements for your listings. Guests won't be able to send you a reservation request until they have Verified ID.

4. Create guidelines for your guests. Complete your house rules.

5. Add a security deposit to your listing. Learn how Airbnb handles security deposits right on the site to help you protect yourself from accidents that occur during a reservation. 

6. Add an insurance plan outside of Airbnb. Adding an extra layer of protection with your own renter’s or homeowner’s insurance may be right for you. 

7. Visit our Responsible Hosting page. We encourage hosts to think carefully about their responsibilities. Hosting offers rich experiences, but it comes with a certain level of commitment. 

Remember, you should always contact the local police or emergency services in case of an emergency or if you feel your personal safety is threatened.

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