Hosting Hotline: When Should You Share Your Rental’s Address? (Episode 318)

What’s Up with VRBO? Addressing Rumors of Sketchy Bookings

Welcome back to the Hosting Hotline! This is an Ask Me Anything where each week we’ll answer your questions on Airbnb, STRs, real estate, and everything in between.

Katrina asks:

What’s your opinion on giving out the address of the house to guests? Recently, I’ve been having guests contact me through VRBO, asking for the address in advance of their stay. Some of these guests are asking for that information so they can check it out before they book, months ahead.

In other cases, they’re booking, paying the initial deposit, and then asking for the physical address about two months before they’re even going to be staying there.

I personally am a little uncomfortable giving out my address that early on. I’d like to get your thoughts. What are best practices right now? 

(00:01:31) How Early (or Late) Should You Share Your Rental’s Address?

(00:02:55) Recent Rumblings of Questionable Bookings on VRBO

(00:04:23) Honor Your Own Comfort Level with Standardization 

(00:06:02) Sarah Recommends Appropriate Timing for Sharing Your Address

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