Re: guest room fees
From: John Sechrest (
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:19:44 -0800 (PST)
interestingly, the idea of airbnb has not come up in this conversation.

as a thought experiment , what an airbnb process look like for you.

I recently had a trip to Virginia where I thought I would try to visit a
Cohousing-L community. My sponsor in one city ended up closing down that
option for unrelated reasons. On that same trip, I ended up using airbnb
for another city on that trip.

It has caused me to start wondering about the process and consequences of
Cohousing-L communities offering units via airbnb.

any thoughts?
On Dec 18, 2014 4:43 PM, "Susan Coberly" <susandgeorge [at]> wrote:

> Our current fee is $10/night for the room and attached bath. The room has a
> new-ish queen bed, small refrigerator, reading lamps, end tables, a desk
> and chair, and a pretty rug.r. However it is not sumptuous by any means.
> The bath is large and has the usual toilet, sink, and shower over tub.
> The sponsoring host family is in charge of paying the fee, not the guest -
> how they work that out between them is at their discretion. The host family
> is to clean the suite thoroughly, linens, changing linens, floors, bath
> fixtures, prior to 3 pm the next day. We have had some issues with people
> waiting until they get home from work the next day to clean, which means we
> can't "let" the room that next day starting at the 3 pm check in time... so
> we may have to address this. We also have had some folks who didn't clean
> well at all.
> We limit reservations to 7 consecutive days, which can be extended if not a
> high demand time or there is no demand at what otherwise would seem to be a
> high demand time. We take / keep track of back up reservations, in case
> people cancel their reservation.
> Because it is up to the sponsor host to clean, we haven't had guests from
> "outside" of "our" family and friends. Prior to move in we talked about a
> somewhat higher fee / donation for folks traveling thru whom none of
> us know. The issue remains finding a "sponsor" who's willing to greet the
> person on arrival, let them in, apprise the person of the house rules,
> etc., and to clean the suite after.  Would be interested to know how that
> is handled in cohos who allow not-yet-known folks to reserve the guest
> room.
> Susan Coberly @ La Querencia (Fresno CA)
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