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Pros and Cons of Renting Out Your Investment as an Airbnb

Over the last few years, Airbnb has become an increasingly popular way for property owners to rent their homes. Running your home or investment property as a short-term rental through Airbnb is a great way to make extra money, but it does come with some downsides that most newcomers often overlook.

Higher Yields

If you rent your home out traditionally, most properties would generate between 2 and 5% in rental yield. To find Australia’s highest-yielding suburbs, please download our latest report pack here. While this is more than acceptable for many, for those prepared to put in some more work, it’s possible to double or even triple those figures by renting out your property as short-term accommodation on Airbnb. This potential for higher income is why most people consider renting their homes short-term.


Access to Your Property

An often-overlooked advantage of Airbnb is that you can still maintain access to your property if needed for periods of the year. Short-term rental platforms allow you to choose when your parcel is available and enable you to use the property as desired without removing a tenant or arranging furniture on short notice. This flexibility is a great way to either make the most of a vacant property for a certain period of the year or even make some money on a property you are still living in.

Maintaining Your Property

While we sometimes see stories of houses being wrecked after an Airbnb party, it’s fair to say that they are the exception, not the norm. While there are some risks to renting out your property, the flip side is that they also exist with long-term tenants. Given that the cost to renters includes a cleaning fee, you can keep your property neat all year round, given the short-term nature of the renters. You can also monitor the property and manage things like gardens and ongoing maintenance more closely than a formal rental agreement. Learn more about the costs of maintaining an investment property here.


While you can make more money renting out your property on a short-term basis, there are some cons to the process, such as time spent organizing the process. To run a successful Airbnb property, you must manage bookings, clean the property, and deal with any problems that may arise. It’s also worth remembering that on top of cleaning the house; you will also need someone to wash bedding and towels. As a result, this type of income is far from passive compared to having long-term tenants and a property manager. While you can hire third parties to manage all elements of your short-term rental, they also charge higher property management fees, given the increased workload. This is typically around 20% of rental income, far higher than traditional property management’s cost.


The other big difference with longer-term renting is that higher costs can be involved. As mentioned, you can hire a property manager to take care of many elements of the day-to-day running of the property, but you also have to factor in the platform fees that Airbnb and others charge. You will also have to factor in the cost of properly setting up a property, including furniture and appliances, TVs, and even things like tea and coffee. Another often overlooked expense is that when running a short-term rental, you are responsible for paying all the utility bills the tenant would typically pay.


The hardest thing to predict with a short-term rental is how much demand your property will have and how many vacancies you’ll encounter. Vacancies will also change between seasons, with summer being far more popular than winter. That also means your income is not consistent over the year. In addition, when you start renting out a property, there will be many more vacancies than in an established short-term rental with a track record of good reviews.


It’s important to understand that not all properties will be viable as short-term accommodation. If you own a property in a beachside holiday location, then the odds are you can rent it out. But if you own a rental property somewhere that doesn’t get many tourists or people traveling for work, it might not be a good fit as a short-term rental.

Airbnb and Regulation

The final factor to consider is that by renting out your property as a short-term rental, several regulations outlined by Airbnb and the Australian Government need to be followed. If Government regulation impacts your ability to rent your property or Airbnb takes down your listing, you lose all your income. Airbnb has been a game-changer for many property investors searching for higher yields. However, it is not suitable for everyone or every property. Before taking the plunge, do a detailed breakdown of the costs involved, with a conservative estimate of rental income with a vacancy rate of around 20-30%. That should give you a good idea of whether a short-term retinal will be more profitable than a traditional long-term rental.


I have always enjoyed writing and reading other people's blogs. I started writing a journal as a teenager and have since written numerous books and articles. My blog is a place where I can write freely about my personal interests and those of others.

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