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How to Protect Your Property and Personal Belongings as a Host

If you're hosting guests in your home, you want to make sure guests feel comfortable and have everything they need. But what about protecting your property and belongings? In this article, we'll give you some tips on doing just that.


By Derick Hargrave

Published on January 7, 2023

The Risks of Being a Vacation Rental Host

As a vacation rental host, you are constantly opening up your home and property to strangers. While most guests are respectful and cause no problems, there is always the potential for something to go wrong. Here are some of the dangers you should be aware of as a vacation rental host:

  • Damage to your property: Guests can accidentally damage your furniture, walls, or floors. They may also try to sneak in extra people beyond the agreed-upon number, putting additional strain on your home.
  • Theft: Unfortunately, some guests may decide to steal from you. This could be anything from small items like towels or linens to more significant items like electronics or jewelry.
  • Noise complaints: If you live in a residential area, loud guests can lead to noise complaints from your neighbors. This can be a significant problem if it happens repeatedly.
  • Fights or other disturbances: If guests get too rowdy, they could get into a fight with each other or cause some other type of disturbance. This could damage your property and result in the police being called.

By being aware of these dangers, you can take steps to protect yourself and your property. For example, you should consider getting renter insurance for your vacation rental property. This can help cover the costs of any damage that occurs while guests are staying with you. You should also have clear and strict house rules that all guests must follow. And, it’s always a good idea to screen guests before allowing them to stay in your home.

The Best Ways to Protect Your Vacation Rental

As a host, you want to do everything to protect your property and personal belongings. Here are some of the best ways to do that:

  1. Install a security system. This is one of the best ways to deter burglars and keep your home safe, especially if hosting remotely to ensure it’s secure when you do not have a current guest.
  2. Keep your valuables in a safe place. Suppose you have valuable items that you don’t want to risk losing. Make sure to keep them in a safe place where they can’t be easily stolen.
  3. Be careful who you let into your home. If you’re having strangers over for a party or event, please vet them ahead of time and only let in people you trust.
  4. Keep an eye on your belongings. When you’re out and about, keep an eye on your personal belongings and don’t leave them unguarded in public places.
  5. Be proactive about security. Stay up-to-date on the latest security measures and take steps to protect your home accordingly.

Protecting Your Personal Belongings

As a host, you are responsible for the safety and security of your guests’ belongings. There are a few simple steps to protect your property and personal belongings as a host.

First, it is important to have a clear understanding of your liability if something goes wrong. Make sure to read your rental agreement carefully and understand what is covered in the event of damage or theft. Airbnb offers a landlord insurance policy to the hosts. It covers up to $1,000,000 for rentals booked through the Airbnb website. Any damage caused by the guests during their stay at the property is covered by this policy which a host can claim whenever needed.

Next, take some basic precautions to secure your property. If you are renting out a room in your home, lock up any valuables that you don’t want your guests to have access to. If you rent out an entire apartment or house, consider investing in a safe for your guests to use. Airbnb house rules should include clear descriptions if parts of the property are deemed off-limits to the guests. The rules should be written professionally and clearly so that guests understand your guidelines.

Finally, communicate with your guests about their responsibility for their belongings. Make it clear that you are not responsible for any lost or stolen items and encourage them to take precautions themselves, such as not leaving valuables unattended in public areas.

By following these simple tips, you can help protect your property and personal belongings as a host.

What to Do If Something Goes Wrong

As a host, it’s your responsibility to protect your property and personal belongings. But what do you do if something goes wrong?

Here are some tips for what to do if you find yourself in a situation where your property or belongings are at risk:

  1. Be prepared: Make sure you have insurance coverage for your rental property and know what it covers. Review your policy regularly to ensure that it’s up to date.
  2. Take action immediately: If you discover that your property or belongings are at risk, take action immediately to mitigate the damage.
  3. Notify your guests: If you have guests staying at your rental property, make sure they are aware of the situation and take appropriate precautions.
  4. Document everything: Keep track of all communication and documentation related to the incident. This will be important if you need to file a claim with your insurance company or take legal action.
  5. Stay calm: Dealing with a stressful situation can be difficult, but staying calm and constructive is important. This will help you make the best decisions for protecting your property and personal belongings.

Things to hide before the guests arrive

As a host, you want to make sure your guests feel welcome and comfortable in your home. But there are some things you’ll want to hide away before they arrive. Here are a few things to put out of sight:

  • Valuables: If you have any valuable items in your home, it’s best to put them away before guests arrive. This includes things like jewelry, collectibles, and important documents.
  • Personal items: You’ll also want to put away any personal items you don’t want guests to see. This could include family photos, medications, and personal hygiene products.
  • Clutter: Take a few minutes to tidy up before guests arrive. This will help them feel more at ease in your home.
  • Personal documents: Tax returns, daily planners, diaries, student identification cards, letters, and bank statements are some of the important and personal documents that you may not want strangers to read or check. Take the personal documents with you or secure them in a locked location within the unit.

Define off-limit house rules in your listings

Airbnb house rules should include clear descriptions if parts of the property are considered off-limits to the guests. The rules should be written professionally and clearly so that guests don’t find it challenging to understand your guidelines.

Invest in security to protect your property

When you invite guests into your home, you want them to feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, home invasions and burglaries are all too common. Protect your property and belongings by investing in security. Here are some tips:

  • Install a security system: This is one of the best ways to deter criminals and watch over the property remotely. Ensure the system is visible from the outside and documented in the house manual provided before renting.   Cameras should only record views of the property’s exterior and not any personal spaces.
  • Invest in motion sensor lights: These lights will come on automatically when someone approaches your home. 
  • Reminder to keep valuables out of sight: Don’t leave valuables in plain view, keep them locked up or remove them from the property altogether.


As a host, you are responsible for the safety and security of your property and guests. Taking some simple precautions can go a long way in protecting your property and belongings and ensuring the safety of your guests. Be sure to follow these tips to help keep your property safe and secure.

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As a content writer passionate about travel and hospitality, I have a unique perspective on short-term rentals. With years of experience creating engaging, informative content for various clients, I enjoy communicating the benefits and appeal of short-term rental properties. I've been an Airbnb host for the last three years, consistently providing my guests with a high level of hospitality.