- Contact Info: Indicate local emergency numbers and the nearest hospital. Provide a clear emergency contact number for yourself, as well as backup, for easy guest reference. Also make clear how you should be contacted if the guest has questions or issues arise.
- Supplies: Make a first aid kit easily available.
- Fire Prevention: We are providing the links and suggestions below to get you started. We need to be clear: this information is not legal advice – it is only a starting point for your research. We have not independently verified the links provided, so even when a website or guide is provided by a government agency, you should confirm its accuracy.The Government has published a guide to fire safety in paid-for accommodation in England and Wales, which you can access here.The guide states that "fire safety law applies to you if anyone pays to stay in your property, other than to live there as a permanent home" – and provides information on how to do a fire safety risk assessment, and how to improve your fire safety measures.Your local fire service is responsible for enforcing the fire safety laws and in some cases they may want to inspect your property to make sure that it is safe for your guests. Scotland has its own rules and regulations. You can access them here. Northern Ireland also has its own approach to Fire Safety. You can access more information here.
- Exits: Ensure you have a clearly marked fire escape route, and post a map in your home.
- Privacy: Always be mindful of your guests' privacy. Fully disclose whether there are security cameras or other surveillance equipment at or around your listing. Make sure you are aware of and comply with applicable laws and regulations.
- Access: Go through your home to identify any areas where guests might trip or fall and either remove the hazard or mark clearly. Fix any exposed wires. Ensure stairs are safe and have railings. Remove or lock up any objects that may be dangerous to your guests.
- Child-Proofing: Ensure your home is safe for children, or else notify guests of potential hazards.
- Climate: Ensure your home is properly ventilated and that temperature control is clearly marked and functional. Ensure guests are clear about how to safely use the heater. If you have gas appliances, you should make sure you have a functioning carbon monoxide detector, that appliances are serviced regularly, and that you are following any gas safety regulations that apply to your home.
NeighboursHow can I be mindful of my neighbours?
- Building Rules: Ensure you relay your building's common area rules to your guest. You may want to even notify your neighbours that you will have guests, and remind guests not to bother your neighbours (e.g., don't knock on their door or buzz them to let you in).
- Smoking: If you don't allow smoking, we suggest posting signs to remind guests. If you do allow smoking, ensure you have ashtrays available in designated areas.
- Parking:Ensure you relay parking rules for your building and neighbourhood to your guest.
- Noise: Remind guests about keeping noise down. You may want to consider whether you allow babies, pets, or parties. Develop a policy about guests inviting other people over, and ensure your guests are clear about your 'party policy.'
- Pets: If you allow pets, ensure guests are educated about things like local parks and local customs (e.g., cleaning up after your dog). Have a backup plan in case a guest's pet upsets the neighbours (such as the number of a nearby pet hotel). You should also check your lease or other rules affecting your building in case they contain restrictions on pets.
- House Rules: To avoid surprises, you may want to include the information covered above in your House Rules in your Airbnb listing profile.
Important Things To CheckWhen deciding whether to become an Cribkey host, it’s important for you to understand the laws and regulations that apply in your town or city, and your building. Some of the laws that may apply to you are complicated. If you have questions, you should contact the appropriate government department, local council or agency directly, or get a local solicitor or accountant to advise you.
- Contracts: Check any leases, contracts or regulations relating to your building to make sure there is no prohibition against subletting – or any other restriction against hosting. Read your lease agreement and check with your landlord and mortgage lender if applicable. You may consider adding a rider to your contract that addresses the concerns of these parties and outlines the responsibilities and liabilities of all parties.
- Roommates: If you have roommates, consider a roommate agreement in writing which outlines things like how often you plan to host, how you'll ensure guests follow House Rules, and even whether you'll share revenue if that makes sense for you.
- Neighbors: Consider whether you should notify your neighbors about your plans to host, along with your plan for how to make sure your guests are not disruptive.
- Subsidized Housing: If you live in public or subsidized housing there may be special rules that apply to you. The manager of the property may be able to answer questions about this.