How To Get Started As An Airbnb Host In Kenya

This is a guide on how to get started as an Airbnb host in Kenya. Airbnb is the world’s biggest accommodation site which lets people rent out their houses or spare rooms to guests and then take a 3% commission of every booking from hosts. Airbnb also takes another commission from the guests of between 6% and 12%.

If you are new into property management but you’re looking to get into it, then the quickest way in is trying short-term rentals and that’s where Airbnb comes in. You can use their platform to get started. Here is what you will need to get started as an Airbnb host in Kenya.

Airbnb Requirements For Hosts

1.A House

This is the key ingredient for one to start up as an Airbnb host. If you dont have a house, you can find one and then decide on which kind of hosting you will be offering, whether you will be hosting your guests in one room in the house or you will host them in the entire house. You can also decide to host experiences on Airbnb where you take your guests for walk tours of your town.

2. Sign Up

If You don’t have an Airbnb account, then head over to and sign up or if you have an account just sign in and then select “List Your Space” on the homepage. You will then be prompted to fill general details about your place like the number of rooms available, amenities, type of home and so on and so forth.

3. Pricing

Airbnb usually suggests the price you are supposed to charge based on the information you have given them from the signup process. Its advisable for first timers to start below the suggested rate because your profile is new and has either few or zero reviews. As you get more reviews, you gain more guests and other credentials

4. Calendar

On the site, you will be given an option to specify the availability of your home or how long you want your property to be listed on Airbnb for guests to book with you. Its advisable to choose for your house/space to be listed either as “Always”, “Sometimes” and even “One time” so that guests booking can know your availability.

5. Title & Summary

A title is usually the first impression one makes to his/her readers. Airbnb has a title limit of 35 characters where hosts need to coin a unique and engaging title to capture their guest’s attention. A host can further explain what makes his/her place unique or better and a summary of the major features offered.

6. Photos

When someone is shopping for something online, they obviously need to see photos of what they will be eventually buying, to see if its what they exactly want. As a host, you have an option to post photos to show off the unique features your property has. High-quality photos are highly recommended and the first 3 photos should be attractive as possible because they are used to frame the window to your listings before buyers make the decision if they are to click your post or not.

7. Amenities

You should select the most appealing amenities for your listings so as to capture the attention of other users/buyers. Some of the common things to list in the amenities section are safety measures for the home, security, extra rooms etc.

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