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What Airbnb Hosts Must Know about Setting a Security Deposit

If you're an Airbnb host, then you know that the security deposit is one of the most important aspects of your rental agreement. As a host, it's important to understand how security deposits work and what you need to do to set one up for your rental.

Here's what you need to know about setting a security deposit for your Airbnb rental.

What Is a Security Deposit in an Airbnb?

A security deposit is an amount of money that is held by Airbnb in order to cover damages that may occur during a guest's stay. The deposit is fully refundable if there is no damage to the rental property.

To set up a security deposit on Airbnb, simply go to the listing page for your rental property and scroll down to the "Pricing" section. From there, you will see an option to add a security deposit. Once you've added the deposit amount, be sure to save your changes.

How Do Security Deposit Policies Work?

Airbnb's security deposit policies are designed to protect both guests and hosts. The deposit is intended to cover damages that may occur during a guest's stay up to the amount specified by the host. If there isn't any damage to the rental property, the deposit will be fully refunded to the guest. If there is damage, the deposit can be used to cover the cost of repairs.

How Are Security Deposits Claimed?

If an Airbnb host believes that a guest has caused damage to their rental property, they can file a claim for the cost of repairs through Airbnb. The host will need to provide documentation of the injuries, such as photos or receipts, and Airbnb will review the claim. If the claim is approved, Airbnb will deduct the necessary amount from the guest's security deposit.

How Are Security Deposits Returned?

If there is damage, the deposit can be used to cover the cost of repairs up to the amount specified by the host. Any remaining balance will automatically be refunded to the guest. Airbnb's system can also return the full security deposit amount to the guests after the stay, specifically if no claim has been made for a certain period.

How Much Must Be Charged for a Security Deposit?

As a host, you can set your own security deposit amount, but it is important to remember that this amount will be charged to the guest's credit card when they book the rental. For this reason, it is quite important to set a reasonable deposit amount that will cover damages without being too expensive for guests.

Should You Charge and Request a Security Deposit?

As a host, you can choose whether or not to require a security deposit from your guests. Some hosts prefer not to require a security deposit to make their rental more affordable and attractive to potential guests, while others feel that the deposit is necessary to protect their property from damage.


Setting a security deposit is an important choice when it comes to being an Airbnb host. By understanding how they work and what your options are, you can ensure that your rental property is protected against damages.

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