Airbnb Monthly Stays: What to Know Before Booking | (2024)

Monthly Airbnb stays can be a way to save money and enjoy the stability of a place to temporarily call “home,” but they aren’t for everyone. Here are a few pros and cons to help you choose whether booking monthly is right for your, and some tips to navigate the process successfully if you do choose to rent month-to-month furnished housing:

Pros for booking a monthly stay on Airbnb

  • Big discounts are offered for longer-term stays vs short-term Airbnb bookings.
  • You can enjoy the stability of not having to pack and unpack during your time in the area.
  • Unlike standard rent, Airbnb discounts or credit card points may cover part of the cost.
  • With a monthly stay, you’re more likely to cook in your Airbnb’s kitchen, which can save even more money. (Click here for airbnb kitchen-friendly recipes)

Cons for booking a monthly stay on Airbnb

  • Making a commitment to spend a month or more in a home you’ve never seen can backfire.
  • If th stay goes dreadfully bad, accessing a refund from Airbnb may be very challenging.
  • Alternate platforms may offer more transparency and less risk for monthly bookings.
  • The commitment to stay in one location may limit your sightseeing.

One benefit of slow travel and traveling as a digital nomad is that instead of constantly hopping from hotel to hotel, or Airbnb to Airbnb, you have the opportunity to do weekly or monthly Airbnb stays in each destination you visit. Monthly stays can be a way to settle in and rest, get to know a destination in a deeper way, and build resilience to travel burnout.

My Experience with Airbnb Monthly Stays

I’ve spent a lot of time in Airbnb is – like, a lot of time.Combined, I spent about 9 months (between 2019-2021) staying in Airbnb’s and short-term rentals similar to Airbnb. During this time, I have stayed engaged in the industry news and chatter. Combined with my experience as an Airbnb host, it’s offered some valuable insights on monthly vacation rentals.

Planning an Airbnb monthly stay is more challenging (and fr riskier) than planning traditionallodging.With a larger deposit required upfront,booking a monthly stay on Airbnb can feel like a gamble, and it is. The potential pitfalls of a monthly stay gone bad can be a huge headache,and for some, the cons may outweigh the pros forrisking it all on one monthly Airbnb booking.

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Tips for Booking a Monthly Airbnb Rental

#1: Never take a chance on a listing with fewer than 6-8 detailed positive reviews

The fact is, basic reviews that say simply, “we had a great trip!” Or “we really enjoyed this cabin- everything was great!” Aren’t actually helpful to other travelers. (Recently, I wrote an entire article about how to write a good Airbnb review that actually helps other travelers.)

In fact, on a platform like Airbnb where review-inflation is a real problem, it’s my opinion that any review that doesn’t mention specifically why the reviewer was pleased probably shouldn’t actually be considered a five-star review.

After staying in dozens – if not hundreds- of Airbnb’s around the world, I’ve learned to read between the lines of Airbnb reviews. I’ve stayed in so many dingy and uncomfortable Airbnb’s with multiple five-star reviews that, at this point, I will not even consider booking a monthly Airbnb stay in a listing that has fewer than a dozen positive reviews that feature reviewers describing specifically what they liked about their stay.

Consider alternate Platforms

We all know about the effects Airbnb has had on the affordability of urban housing, and there are no simple answers for how to fix that, but there are options – especially for guests considering renting a furnished apartment month to month – that are more empowering to both guests and hosts.

Because Airbnb profits by taking huge cuts of your nightly or monthly Airbnb rental fee, while providing very little transparency or opportunity to communicate with the host prior to booking, I’ve taken to using a website called Furnished Finder for my month long trips to US cities.

Unlike Airbnb, Furnished Finder offers transparency for guests and hosts- before booking you can freely communicate privately. Guests can request in-person or video walk-throughs of the property before booking, and hosts can run a simple credit or background check (with your consent) for peace of mind that their home is in good hands. Through Furnished Finder, I’ve abandoned monthly Airbnb rentals and rent furnished Finder homes for about 30-40% less than Airbnb costs for the same type of properties- Read more about my experience using Furnished Finder.

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Research the Neighborhood

There’s a unique horror in checking into an Airbnb you’ve committed to staying in for weeks and discovering, before you’ve even reached the front door, that the location is terrible.

When I rented a car on Chiloe Island in Northern Patagonia, I had just such an experience. After driving all day to see the UNESCO sites scattered around the island, I was excited to get to the modern and cozy Airbnb I’d booked for the night. As I approached the address, however, my heart sank.

As the city square gave way to a cozy neighborhood, and the cozy neighborhood transitioned to run-down houses, the streets filled with trash, sidewalks emptied, and the air filled with the acrid smoke of an entire city heated by wood fires. There, in a low space where smog collected, was my Airbnb’s address. Instead of checking in, I kept driving and booked a small cottage outside the city where the air was fresher and I knew I’d sleep more soundly.

This story illustrates how Airbnb listings include only some of the information you need to consider before booking. Pay very, very close attention to other guests’ reviews and any references they make to the location or surrounding area.

Don’t Pack Light- Make yourself at Home

My best tip for staying in a month-to-month furnished short-term rental, whether it’s Airbnb, VRBO, or furnished Finder, is to bring what you need to be really comfortable.

While one bag travel is my preferred mode even for months-long trips overseas, when I know that I’m staying in one rental for a whole month, my packing-light philosophy goes out the window.

Instead, I bring my own towels, sheets, air purifier, and whatever it is that I need to be able to sleep, care for my body, and function at my best. Simply upgrading the cheap sheets that come with most short-term rentals with my own comfortable linens can make an uncomfortable and unfamiliar bed feel like home immediately.

While your essentials might be a little bit different, taking the time to lightly “move-in” to your monthly Airbnb – even if it’s a fully furnished rental – can make a big difference in your ability to rest well, play well, and be as productive as you need to be during your stay.

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Be Extra Communicative with your Airbnb Host

Once you’ve chosen an Airbnb for your month-long stay, stay in communication to build rapport with your host before your stay. Send them a message after booking indicating how excited you are to stay, and send them another message a week before your check-in date about any questions you have about getting to the Airbnb, things to do nearby, or minor accommodations you know you’ll need.

By communicating in advance, you can start building the kind of relationship that will help you navigate any problems that might pop up.

EXTRA IMPORTANT: Always communicate with your Airbnb host through the Airbnb app. Do not use SMS text or a messaging app. If, when you are face to face in person, an Airbnb host makes you a promise verbally, immediately message them through the app to have them confirm. This creates a digital record that Airbnb’s customer service can use to settle claims. When it comes to refunds or damage claims, if it didn’t get documented in their app, Airbnb will almost always side with a host.

Do an Inspection When you Check In

When you arrive, inspect the Airbnb listing thoroughly. If something is wrong (or even just not quite right) let your host know. In my experience, many things that can be tolerated in a weekend-long stay become major irritants during a month-long Airbnb stay.

It won’t hurt to make a record of the condition of your rental when you check-in. If anything is obviously broken- even if it’s just cosmetic- take a photograph and send it to your Airbnb host through the app. Although slightly less concrete as evidence, a less confrontational way to ensure you aren’t held liable for damages that were present in the property before your check-in is to film your own video walk-through and upload it to YouTube immediately.

Creating a timestamped third-party reference can be a quick “insurance policy” in case a shady Airbnb host attempts to hold you liable for damages that were present in the rental before you ever checked in.

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Final thoughts

Renting an Airbnb for a month can be a risky endeavor. On one hand, it’s a great feeling to know that during your stay in the area you’ll have a comfortable and familiar place to return to every night, on the other hand, shelling out the cash to book housing sight unseen can be a big risk. By following these tips for monthly Airbnb rentals, guests can be more empowered to have a positive experience in mid-term rental housing.

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LynLi Roman M.A.

Lynli Roman’s unique approach to travel is informed by decades of experience on the road with a traveling family and, later, years spent as a solo international traveler. When she’s not writing about Seattle from her Pike Place Market apartment, Lynli writes on-location while conducting hands-on research in each destination she covers. Lynli’s writing has been featured by MSN, ABC Money, Buzzfeed, and Huffington Post. She is passionate about sharing information that makes travel more accessible for all bodies.

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How does monthly Airbnb work? ›

First-month payment: You'll be charged this up front, but we'll hold off on releasing it to the Host until 24 hours after check-in. Monthly installments: For reservations longer than a month, we will charge you 10 days in advance for each payment period after the first payment.

What is the 90 day rule on Airbnb? ›

The 90-day rule works on a calendar year basis. This means that from January 1st to December 31st each year, a property can only be let out on Airbnb for a total of 90 days. Once the 90-day limit is reached, the property cannot be let out on Airbnb until the next calendar year.

How many days is considered a month on Airbnb? ›

Discounted monthly pricing and deferred payments

Guests staying for 28 nights or longer are able to pay for their stay on a monthly basis. Find out more about paying for your monthly stay.

What happens if someone stays in an Airbnb for 30 days? ›

For example, in California, Illinois, and New York, a residential tenancy may be created after 30 consecutive days of occupancy. Someone who stays with you for fewer than 30 days generally does not have the rights of a tenant unless there is a written agreement to the contrary, but every state is different.

Is Airbnb cheaper by the month? ›

Weekly discounts apply to reservations of 7 or more nights. Monthly discounts apply to reservations of 28 or more nights. The discounted price will be highlighted in the price breakdown on your listing and next to the original in search results if it exceeds 10%.

What to check for when staying at an Airbnb? ›

7 Sneaky Things to Check for in Every Airbnb Listing
  • Reviews reveal the pros and cons.
  • WiFi may be nonexistent or slow.
  • Cameras could be on the property.
  • Kitchens may not be well stocked.
  • Cancellations may cost you.
  • Parking could be off-site.
  • Property-specific rules are in the fine print.
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Is Airbnb worth monthly? ›

Airbnb is a valuable resource for many types of travelers, but it can be especially valuable for those looking for long-term stays. Booking a monthly rental on Airbnb can save significant amounts of money over shorter-term bookings, but it may still cost more than using a local resource.

How to get around the Airbnb 90 day rule? ›

The truth is that the Airbnb 90 day rule is a legal requirement, so if you want to let your Airbnb property for more than the ninety day limit then you will need to apply for planning permission to do so from your local council.

What is the 80 20 rule Airbnb? ›

In practice, it is an efficiency scheme that instructs you to perform the 20% of work that produces 80% of the results and outsource or eliminate the excess 80% of work. The same rule is practical in the short-term rental market. 5.

Is there a 25+ rule for Airbnb? ›

Why Does Airbnb Have an Age Policy? The Airbnb platform introduced this specific rule about guests younger than 25 a few years ago to help reduce unauthorized house parties. While these parties are a rare occurrence, some of them have been linked to fatalities.

What's the longest you can rent an Airbnb? ›

Airbnb will accept a 90 day booking but it falls under their long term cancellation policy. The renter would be charged the first month rent and then Airbnb would take the payments out monthly.

How does Airbnb charge monthly stays? ›

Payments for stays longer than 28 nights or longer work in a different way. Airbnb automatically collects from guests 1 month upfront and at the beginning of each 30 day period. Learn more about payouts for monthly stays. Stays longer than 28 nights and longer are subject to your chosen long-term cancellation policy.

What is a month in Airbnb? ›

Enabling monthly stays

Many guests at Airbnb book stays of 28 nights and longer. Review your availability settings to make sure guests can find your listing when searching for monthly stays.

What if Airbnb guests don't leave? ›

According to the Airbnb Host Guarantee, if a guest refuses to leave after their reservation has ended, you can contact Airbnb's support team for assistance. They will work to resolve the issue and help ensure a smooth departure of the guest.

Can an Airbnb host come in during your stay? ›

What we don't allow. Physical intrusions: Hosts and guests must not access or attempt to access private spaces unless they have permission or there is an emergency. In entire-home stays, this applies to the listing itself and its property.

What is the longest someone can stay on Airbnb? ›

  • The longest amount of time you can stay at an Airbnb depends on the host's preferences.
  • Generally, most hosts will allow stays up to 28 days or longer if they are comfortable with it.
  • However, some hosts may have restrictions in place that limit the length of a stay to less than 28 days.
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What is the minimum number of days for Airbnb? ›

There is no one-size-fits-all rule for setting minimum stays. Some hosts opt for a one-night minimum stay. Others insist on week- or even month-long stays to attract only long-term guests. Many set a two- or three-night policy and forget about it.

Is there a way to get a discount on Airbnb? ›

Message the host

So, if you're on Airbnb wondering how to get a discount, message a host and ask whether they'd come down on the price before you reserve a stay. If they agree, they'll send you an offer via a special link, and you can see the new rate before you lock down the reservation.

Do airbnbs get cheaper the longer you stay? ›

The nightly rate for booking an Airbnb is, on average, a 32% discount when you commit to at least seven nights versus just one. It's an even steeper 46% discount when you commit to 30 days. Remember, not every Airbnb offers extended-stay discounts — and some discounts are more generous than others.

Can I set a monthly price on Airbnb? ›

If you want to charge less for longer stays, you can set a weekly and/or monthly discount.

What should I be careful of with Airbnb? ›

Safety tips for choosing a place
  • Find what's right for you.
  • Read the ratings and reviews.
  • Review the safety features.
  • Get answers from the Host.
  • Always communicate and pay on Airbnb.
  • Do a safety check.
  • Research local travel alerts and warnings.
  • We're here to help.

Do you bring your own towels to Airbnb? ›

An AirBnB rental property, whether a home, an apartment, a condo or a cabin, is just like a hotel.or motel and so must provide clean sheets, clean bedding, clean towels, utensils, dishes, cups, and cooking pot and pans so the the guest does not have to carry them when traveling to the rental.

Should Airbnb provide toilet paper? ›

Every place is different—and that's what makes travel so fun. But all guests want the basic items that they'll need to have a comfortable stay. We strongly encourage Hosts to provide these essential amenities in all their listings: Toilet paper.

Can you do monthly payments for Airbnb? ›

Monthly stays

For reservations of 28 nights or more, you'll be charged for the first month upon confirmation. After that, you'll be charged the remainder in monthly instalments. You can review the dates of your monthly payments during checkout.

How do I calculate my monthly income on Airbnb? ›

Download an earning report PDF in the Airbnb app:
  1. Tap Profile and then tap Switch to hosting.
  2. Tap Menu and tap Earnings.
  3. Go to Settings and documents, then Earnings reports.
  4. Choose the desired year of your Earnings report.
  5. Tap a monthly or yearly report to open it.
  6. Tap Get PDF report.

How do I set up monthly on Airbnb? ›

In the Pricing tab, scroll to Discounts and choose Weekly or Monthly. You'll find a suggested discount based on your listing and demand for similar listings in your area.

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