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The Latest “Spooktacular” News about Airbnb

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By Holly Lynn

Enjoy these treats while they last!

If Halloween decorations, costumes, and a smoky punch bowl are in the forefront of your mind for a great party, keep Airbnb off of your list of potential party spots for the holiday weekend.

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In an announcement made by Airbnb, they are prohibiting large gatherings in an effort to do their part in the spread of Covid-19.

Airbnb has stated that they will also bring legal action against certain unauthorized parties. This announcement comes a year after the shooting of five young people at a home–listed on the Airbnb platform– in Orinda, California.

Airbnb posted on their website, “To strengthen our hosts’ protection against parties amid concerns about a second wave of the pandemic, today we’re announcing that we’ll be prohibiting one-night reservations over the Halloween weekend in entire home listings in the United States or Canada. Further, we’ll bolster our existing protections and technologies aimed at stopping as many large gatherings as possible that weekend.”

Starting October 2nd, guests will be unable to book entire homes for a single night on 10/30 or 10/31 in the United States and Canada.

For previously booked reservations on these dates, Airbnb will cancel and reimburse the guest. However, hosts that have confirmed bookings will receive a full payment.

In addition to the rigid restrictions, Airbnb will be implementing technology that will curtail guests that try to book last-minute, who live locally and do not have a positive history on the platform.

Airbnb also asserted, “Also as the weekend approaches, we plan to remind guests making successful reservations to take place between October 28 and November 1 that parties are not allowed in listings. They will also be required to attest that they understand that they may be subject to removal from Airbnb or legal action if they violate Airbnb’s rules on parties.”

Airbnb will be beefing up their neighborhood support line to take calls throughout the weekend to respond to any issues from hosts and neighbors.
With pandemic numbers on the rise and the recent rise in civil unrest, Airbnb is striving to protect hosts, guests, and neighborhoods from unnecessary problems and to keep everyone safe.

Holly Lynn, Queen of Capital ™ is an Airbnb and Short-term Rental Management Professional, author, and media influencer. She can be reached at www.hollylynn.com or by email at hollylynnproductions@yahoo.com.

To short-term rent your property, you can text her at 415-317-6071.

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Back in Black/Airbnb is on the Upswing

By Michelle Corsetti

At the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Airbnb occupancy rates dipped significantly as people opted to cancel their travel plans. Also, many counties put into place restrictions stopping Airbnb rentals from operating. Some counties restricted all but first responders and essential workers from renting Airbnb locations.

business-2904770_1280However, as of May 28th, there has been a 17.1% increase in occupancy rates. Overall, Airbnb is still down for the year but is hopeful as some restrictions are lifted. The good news is that places with smaller populations are gradually picking up the pace. People are venturing out to get rid of the lockdown blues.

According to Pittsburgh Action News, most rentals have been within 50 miles of home. Since traveling abroad has been halted to a standstill, people are having mini-vacations close to home.

While some people are optimistic about the increase in bookings and sales, others are opting for a more drastic change. CNN reported that some Airbnb hosts are giving up on their short-term rental properties and are proceeding to sell.

new-home-1530833_1280These hosts report that because of loss of sales and income, they are planning on selling not just their properties, but their furnishings as well.

Other hosts are changing from short-term term rentals to long-term rentals to compensate for the loss.

Only time will tell what the real impact of COVID-19 has on Airbnb and other short term rental platforms. As of now, while slow, things are looking on the upswing.

Holly Lynn is still very busy in business as a short-term rental expert and host. If you need your property rented– short-term or long-term, she can do for you what she does best–make you money!

For more information or booking, contact Holly at hollylynnproductions@yahoo.com or 415-317-6071.

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Covid-19 and Airbnb

By Holly Lynn

The outbreak of the Covid-19 Virus has put a damper on short-term rentals around the world. With travel restrictions tightening the necks of travelers; Airbnb is experiencing a downturn in rental stays. Especially in affected areas.

Airbnb has reformed its cancellation policy to both hosts and travelers. If you are an Airbnb host, you may experience a fluctuation in rentals and cancellations. Reviewing the updated policy is essential. Airbnb is also announcing More Flexible Reservations In Times Of Uncertainty. This is a program that Airbnb is developing to assist hosts and guests when situations like the Coronavirus outbreak happens and to help them cancel or postpone their plans.

airbnb-3399753_1280Along with these changes, Airbnb is also offering incentives for hosts who are willing and able to offer refunds on cancellations that would have otherwise been subject to charges. They will also provide promotions to boost listings and bookings.

As an Airbnb host, there are things that you can do to make the guests you do have to feel safe and assured that their accommodations are up to standards set forth by common sense and the World Health Organization or WHO.

Here are some ideas that may help you:

Post Hygiene Standards List

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  • Post proper hand washing techniques in the kitchen and restroom.
  • Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Supply Surface Wipes and Sprays

spray-315164_1280Supplying surface wipes or sprays such as Clorox, Lysol, and Purell for daily cleaning of surfaces that are touched often as a preventative measure. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them should also be cleaned.

Wash All Bedding, Linens, Towels, And dishes

Washing all bedding, linens, towels and dishes is important even if the guests did not use them. You can’t be certain if an ill guest has coughed or sneezed on a dish or a throw blanket. Better safe than sorry. Putting dishes in the dishwasher is extra work but satisfying knowing that you are doing all you can for the health of your guests. Assuring them that these practices are in place will give the next guest a feeling of security and comfort.

Provide Snacks, Coffees, Cereals In Single-Serve Size

coffee-791919_1280Providing snacks, coffees, cereals, and single-serve packaging will prevent cross-contamination. Using bins to hold oatmeal or coffee can spread germs from one guest to the next. In actuality, it should be practiced all of the time.

These are just some of the things that you can do to keep the coronavirus at bay. With ever-evolving information made available through sites such as NIH, CDC, and WHO, a daily check-in will keep you updated on changing information and areas affected.

Just remember that this too shall pass. We always bounce back from adverse situations. The human race is enduring.

If you need staging and Airbnb management, hard money loans, or private lending, email me at hollylynnproductions@yahoo.com or call me at 415-317-6071.


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Holly Lynn

Experienced Owner with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. Skilled in Team Building, Television, Leadership, Marketing, and Digital Marketing. Strong business development professional who graduated from San Francisco State University, College of Business.

The Queen of Capital, Holly Lynn specializes in helping people with their real estate needs. She is a creative and results-driven resource who can help investors at every level.

Her authentic, personal relationships with both lenders and investors coupled with her vision, work ethic and endless desire to make the deal work position her as a sought-after, leader in the industry.

Holly Lynn can help you with hard money, private financing and other funding for your investments and projects.

She is a self-taught deal maker who has always had a keen business sense. She works with investors and syndication across the board who are looking for real estate investments that produce passive income streams.

She built B.A.M.F into the single most recognized name that is designed to build strong relationships and invest in multifamily projects to create massive cash flow and wealth. B.A.M.F monthly meetups in San Francisco, San Mateo, Fremont, San Jose and those conducted through webinars are open for everyone. As the multifamily properties continue to be an investment megatrend, She gives everyone an opportunity to learn about multifamily property investments and opportunities that would only be otherwise available for top dealers and those who met the qualifications by SEC. But through B.A.M.F, you can meet with experts and deal organizers who can provide you with great investment options.

Holly’s reputation has been earned one transaction at a time with no substitute for hard work and honesty. Take advantage of her deep proven experience in the real estate and investment market by joining her events and mixers. Mixers that are organized by B.A.M.F is sought after by reputable individuals in the investment and finance field. It is your chance to learn and grow.

“I have always believed that your money is waiting for you, but you have to keep yourself open to receiving it.”

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