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.
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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.