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Airbnb worth it compared to Normal Renter in Zürich?

I have a lower floor in my new house with 2 rooms, toilet and kitchen 15min from Zürich. I was planning to maybe run it as an AirBnb to bring in some extra money but not sure how likely it is to bring in more than a normal renter?

Anyone here that has a positive experience with Airbnb? I was hoping to double the monthly income and could put 20 hours a month into it.
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Re: Airbnb worth it compared to Normal Renter in Zürich?

You or someone else will have to clean it every time a guest leaves - if paying someone else, that could take a chunk out of your earnings. Normal renter = guaranteed income to a certain extent, where as AirBnB you could get nothing suddenly (Covid for example).
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Re: Airbnb worth it compared to Normal Renter in Zürich?

You can check AirBnB for properties in your areas and see how much they go for. That will give you an idea of the "premium" the short term rental may give you against the costs (cleaning, checking, corresponding with tenants, replacing stuff etc).
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Re: Airbnb worth it compared to Normal Renter in Zürich?

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You can check AirBnB for properties in your areas and see how much they go for. That will give you an idea of the "premium" the short term rental may give you against the costs (cleaning, checking, corresponding with tenants, replacing stuff etc).
In addition, use the unoccupied dates for those other properties to gauge the "load". It's no use to see them let for 300.- per night if there's no demand at that price.
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I have a lower floor in my new house with 2 rooms, toilet and kitchen 15min from Zürich. I was planning to maybe run it as an AirBnb...
Do you own this house? If so, okay, and you're free to decide.

If you rent, however, you first need to get written permission from your landlord to sub-let and supply all the details of that sub-let contract. If you don't obtain permission beforehand, and sub-let without it, that counts as reason enough to terminate your rental contract immediately. This applies to AirBnb, too, and some landlords do not permit AirBnb at all.
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Do you own this house? If so, okay, and you're free to decide.

If you rent, however, you first need to get written permission from your landlord to sub-let and supply all the details of that sub-let contract. If you don't obtain permission beforehand, and sub-let without it, that counts as reason enough to terminate your rental contract immediately. This applies to AirBnb, too, and some landlords do not permit AirBnb at all.
Yes own it so questions is if i should rent it out as permanent or Airbnb it. Im doubting if airbnb can match the already high rental prices here. The swiss real estate is a little special market.
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Re: Airbnb worth it compared to Normal Renter in Zürich?

too may hassles with airbnb.
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Re: Airbnb worth it compared to Normal Renter in Zürich?

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I have a lower floor in my new house with 2 rooms, toilet and kitchen 15min from Zürich. I was planning to maybe run it as an AirBnb to bring in some extra money but not sure how likely it is to bring in more than a normal renter?

Anyone here that has a positive experience with Airbnb? I was hoping to double the monthly income and could put 20 hours a month into it.
Depending on location and how "hip" you make it, AirBNB will net you 5-10 times what you could rent it for and you dont end up with a bad tenant and can still block out dates for when friends/family need to use it... AirBNB is the better choice no matter which way you look at it.
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Re: Airbnb worth it compared to Normal Renter in Zürich?

I am bitter towards the site in general as I think it is highly unfair to local communities. In addition, you have no idea who you are leasing your property to. You also have to consider whether your neighbours will appreciate a revolving door of random people coming in / out of the area for a night out in Zurich.

If you do not want to lease it out to a full time renter, I would possibly consider contacting relocation companies that need temporary spaces for employees that are being relocated to the area - good income, far more reputable clients that you and your community would appreciate more. I have personally stayed in a flat just like yours when I was relocated temporarily to the French part of Switzerland. I also know these companies are more reliable than Airbnb in case of property damage / issues.
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If you do not want to lease it out to a full time renter, I would possibly consider contacting relocation companies that need temporary spaces for employees that are being relocated to the area - good income, far more reputable clients that you and your community would appreciate more. I have personally stayed in a flat just like yours when I was relocated temporarily to the French part of Switzerland. I also know these companies are more reliable than Airbnb in case of property damage / issues.
This is an excellent idea. Take a look at some of the temporary housing offers near you so see what is out there. You may have less of a turnover given that those in need of temporary housing often need this for a month or longer. Anything shorter means more cleaning for you.
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I am bitter towards the site in general as I think it is highly unfair to local communities. In addition, you have no idea who you are leasing your property to. You also have to consider whether your neighbours will appreciate a revolving door of random people coming in / out of the area for a night out in Zurich.

If you do not want to lease it out to a full time renter, I would possibly consider contacting relocation companies that need temporary spaces for employees that are being relocated to the area - good income, far more reputable clients that you and your community would appreciate more. I have personally stayed in a flat just like yours when I was relocated temporarily to the French part of Switzerland. I also know these companies are more reliable than Airbnb in case of property damage / issues.
Indeed, that's what we all needed when just arrived to Switzerland. A furnished place for some months with no "minimum 1 year contract" conditions. Those places are very scarce.
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Re: Airbnb worth it compared to Normal Renter in Zürich?

If you've not rented through AirBnb, before, you might consider first trying out hosting guests through couchsurfing or any of the other free hosting platforms. That'd give you an idea of what it's like to make the arrangements, organise letting the guests in, dealing with keys, if any, being available for their queries before they arrive and while they are there, checking the place when they leave, dealing with items they left behind (if you didn't spot them before they left), and cleaning up and sanitising after they've left.

That might give you an idea of what it feels like to have the turn-over, and the number of hours of work it costs you to set up the bookings and get the place ready again each time.

Such a test-run won't generate any income, of course. But it would have the advantage of giving you the chance to practice, and if anyone causes you any trouble, you'dlearn how best to ask them to leave, without risking the integrity of your rental property, nor your online reputation.
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Re: Airbnb worth it compared to Normal Renter in Zürich?

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I am bitter towards the site in general as I think it is highly unfair to local communities. In addition, you have no idea who you are leasing your property to. You also have to consider whether your neighbours will appreciate a revolving door of random people coming in / out of the area for a night out in Zurich.

If you do not want to lease it out to a full time renter, I would possibly consider contacting relocation companies that need temporary spaces for employees that are being relocated to the area - good income, far more reputable clients that you and your community would appreciate more. I have personally stayed in a flat just like yours when I was relocated temporarily to the French part of Switzerland. I also know these companies are more reliable than Airbnb in case of property damage / issues.
On the other hand, as a customer I highly benefitted from it though, and I think the owners of the apartments and houses we rented during our holidays too. We are a family of 4, without this site we couldn't have afforded the conditions and space all those properties offered, in a hotel....I think I would have just given up travelling, I am not a student anymore and I can't accept any conditions.

I have a friend who rents out an apartment in Davos through this site, apparently it is quite profitable even when you have to pay a cleaning lady or a property manager.

Like always, there are pros and cons...some holiday rentals are relatively isolated, I think the local community profits too...

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