The Difference Between airbnb “Private Room” and “Entire Place” Listings

Every airbnb listing is assigned a type: shared room (couch surfing), host-resident “private room” (mini-B&B), and host-absent “entire place” (vacation rental).

  • Host-resident “private room” rentals are generally benign or beneficial.
  • Host-absent “entire place” rentals are where the problems are usually found.

The chart below summarizes the differences.

STRs in Portland

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An SF Chronicle study earlier this year highlights the difference between airbnb host-resident “private room” rentals and host-absent “entire place” rentals.



3 responses

  1. Nah! The comparison is a gross oversimplification. I rent an entire place vacation rental that is generally better value than a hotel room and more persoaalized, does not deplete stock of affordable housing as it is aimed at an entirely different rental market – namely short to medium term vacationer usually with family. No horror stories to date as guests are assessed for risk before agreeing to a rental and are kept in communication with prior to and throughout stay. Plus my neighbors keep a close eye out for any trouble. And whether private room or entire place both are economic-investment decisions. Lifestyle decisions are for hippies. Just apply some common sense to renting to the general public. And normally you can “smell” if something isn’t right.

    • I respectfully disagree. It is true that not every airbnb host-absent “Entire Place” rental will be a problem, but when problems arise they seem to track back to host-absent “Entire Place rentals. Also it sounds like you have neighbors who are accepting, which is not always the case. And having a guests stay in your home while you are present and serve as a host is a very personal decision. Deciding to rent a property short-term rather than long-term because you make more money is purely a business decision.

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