To safely rent out your home, be aware of the potential risks and the insurance options to protect your property. Here are some precautions to take before hosting short-term renters.
- Understand city and town specific laws and regulations
- Review HOA bylaws about short-term rentals if you are part of a condo or apartment complex
- Get answers to insurance questions before listing your property
- Explore tax implications for rental income
- Warn guests they’re responsible for all damages (have terms in writing)
- Set your house up like a hotel
- Remove all personal items and valuables
- Alert neighbors short-term renters will be occupying your home
- Leave instructions for appliances, alarm system, garage door, etc.
Call your insurance professional and find out whether your policy covers occasional short-term rentals. You might need to purchase additional coverage depending on your situation.
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