In the last several years, the home sharing industry has surged in popularity. With the promise of paying less than a hotel room and staying in a bigger or better-located place, it’s no wonder that so many folks are looking to sites like Airbnb for their travel accommodation.
However, what these home sharing sites often don’t tell you is that short-term rentals aren’t always legal in the places these properties are offered. That means potential problems for tenants and the possibility that you’ll have to find a new place to stay.
Instead of working with home sharing sites, look for short-term furnished and corporate apartment companies that guarantee you won’t have any surprises, legal or otherwise. These three reasons should convince you to skip home sharing sites the next time you’re looking for an extended stay trip.
- Your stay could be breaking the law
In many of the country’s largest cities, it is illegal for anyone to rent out a property for less than 30 days. When you stay in an Airbnb property for less than a month, you and the property owner are breaking the law, and you could be visited by law enforcement and promptly evicted from your stay. Also, not all landlords are amenable to sublets, so you could be greeted by a surprise knock on your door at any time.
- You might not be saving as much as you think
When you stay in a professionally-managed short-term apartment, you’ll have amenities, furniture, and entertainment provided, and someone will always be there to answer your call. There’s no guarantee of what you’ll get when staying in someone’s home, so you may end up spending more just to purchase needed items and gain access to entertainment.
- You don’t know what you’re walking in to
With a professional short-term rental you won’t be surprised (in a bad way) by what you see when you walk through the door. These spaces are professionally cleaned and maintained and are updated to make travelers just like you feel comfortable. With someone’s private home, on the other hand, there is no guarantee that the place looks like their pictures or is as-described.