The Best Ways To Stay Safe When Staying in an Airbnb

Some of the best ways to stay safe when staying at an Airbnb are to read existing customer reviews, be wary of super-low prices, and enroll in an Airbnb insurance policy to protect yourself and your belongings.

By Trista Sobeck | Published


Booking an Airbnb before going on a trip, especially in a brand-new area, can be a bit risky. Even if you’re traveling to one of the world’s friendliest areas, you need to be aware of scams that will take your money and leave you on the street. There are some red flags to be aware of prior to booking a room. 

According to USA Today, Airbnb does do a lot to prevent scams or fraudulent behavior. In fact, Airbnb says that money doesn’t even change hands until after a stay has been completed.   They also have a “trust and safety” team that monitors listings.

Still, there are always going to be people who try to scam you. One of the most common Airbnb scams is when someone offers very low rates for an apartment or rental home. This could be because they don’t actually own the property they are offering and are trying to use your money to pay the rent.

Another Airbnb scam is when someone claims they have a “luxury” property but it turns out to be something far short of that description. Be sure to read reviews carefully and research any listing before you commit to booking. Also, take note if a host has multiple listings in different areas. This could be a sign that they don’t actually own the property.

Finally, it can be worthwhile to use an escrow service when booking an Airbnb online. These services provide an extra layer of security while allowing you to pay securely through their system. That way, your money is held in trust until the rental stay has been completed and both parties 

Those who have properties also need to protect themselves. One big issue that owners have faced is extreme partying. Therefore, Airbnb now utilizes a technology that is designed to identify and prevent instances of partying in rentals.

However, while the platform does take action against potential scams, there have been some reports of systemic racism on the platform as well. Reports of racism are often related to guests being turned away or banned based on their race. Airbnb has taken steps to combat this, including implementing a policy that prohibits discrimination. 

The company also ensures that hosts and guests are aware of the anti-discrimination policy  before they book or register on the platform., Airbnb also works with law enforcement whenever racism is reported and has committed to investing $10 million in addressing racial inequality within their business. 

Finally, Airbnb is now offering Aircover, a free insurance product for its hosts and guests. This will help to provide financial protection against potential damages or losses that may occur during a stay.

Aircover is designed to protect both parties from the risk of property damage, personal injury, theft, and other issues that may arise. It also adds an extra layer of security for hosts and guests by providing immediate access to available legal resources, such as a dedicated team of legal experts who can provide advice on any issues. 

With Aircover, Airbnb is demonstrating its commitment to providing a safe and secure platform for both hosts and guests. Users can feel confident in the knowledge that their stay will be a good one.