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What are the pros and cons of Airbnb?

Updated: Jun 17

The Pros and Cons of Airbnb

Airbnb, as in "Air Bed and Breakfast," is a service that allows landlords to rent their space to travelers looking for a place to stay.

Travelers may rent a space for several people to share, a shared space with private rooms, or the whole property for themselves.

The Pros of Airbnb

Wide Selection

Free Listings

Hosts Can Set Their Own Price

Customizable Searches

Additional Services

Protections for Guests and Hosts

The Cons of Airbnb

What You See May Not Be What You Get

Potential Damage

Added Fees


It Isn’t Legal Everywhere

To book, you should usually follow these steps:

Open the Airbnb website

Sign in or set up an account, if you haven't already done so. Registration can take a while. This includes checking your telephone number and downloading your ID.

Specify the location and date(s) you are looking for, then start searching for a location that is available, using the site's different filters to personalize your search.

When you have found the ideal accommodation, make a reservation or book it – sometimes reservations will not be fully validated until the guest accepts.

Pay for the accommodation and receive the notification of your reservation, including the address where you are going to stay. For longer stays, it is possible to organize a payment plan through which you will pay an initial deposit and the rest in installments.

The main law of the State of New York, which forbids short-term occupation, and in turn the use of Airbnb, is the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law (MDL).

The MDL applies to residential buildings of three or more dwellings and does not apply to single-family or two-parent homes

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