Home sharing has become a popular option for travelers looking for that cool tourist experience that allows them to stay just exactly where they want to and for homeowners who want to take advantage of this trend.
So, you have a beautiful home. One you’d like to share with others. You want a boost to your income. You make the decision to list it as an Airbnb. There are some things to consider putting into place to protect yourself, your home and your property.
The first step should be a call to your insurance agent for a discussion about what your homeowner’s policy covers in this situation. When you consistently use your home dwelling as an Airbnb, the use changes from residence to rental property. Depending on your insurer and the state you’re in, your homeowner’s policy may not protect you under these circumstances.
Some policies have a provision that allows for a limited short-term rental of one four week period— say, you want to take advantage of the fact that the Super Bowl is happening down the street, so you put your home up as a rental. Beyond that, many policies have a “business activity exclusion” that would prevent using your home as a rental property for longer than that brief period.
If, however, you can’t resist the idea of using your home as an Airbnb, possible options for increased protection include:
- Consider an add-on endorsement or rider that supplements your current policy.
- Look at getting a home business policy that provides much greater protection.
- Check out whether a landlord or rental dwelling policy would apply.
- See if you insurer offers a combination of a homeowner’s and short-term rental insurance policy.
- Incorporate. Since your Airbnb is a business this might be a worthwhile choice.
If you’re going to open your doors to the world of home-sharing, be smart about it. Contact Jim Boyce Insurance, serving Charlotte, NC,