All your questions about home sharing answered

What is home sharing?
Home sharing is renting out a spare room in your home or your entire apartment when you are away travelling. Home sharers share their home for different reasons: some people share their home because they have spare rooms, others rent out their entire home when they are away, for instance when they are on holiday or travelling for work. Some also commute between two cities for personal or professional reasons and share one of their homes when they are not there. The typical host in the UK shares their home for 36 nights a year.

Can I share my home?
If you want to share your home, you can visit this website to find all the information you need.

What benefits does home sharing bring to my neighbourhood?
Last year, 5.9 million people travelled to the UK with Airbnb and stayed with locals. Typically, guests on Airbnb choose neighbourhoods and cities that are off the beaten path to enjoy an authentic travel experience. Home sharers often serve as a resource to their guests by giving insider tips on things like where to get coffee or shop locally. Because of this, travellers who stay with locals in the UK often result in some extra income for neighbourhood businesses.

What is my responsibility as a home sharer?
Responsible hosting is important to us at Airbnb and that’s why we have launched a Citizen Responsibility Hub to showcase best practices, safety advice and ways to help guests travel respectfully. It is also important to understand the local rules around home sharing which may apply to you, the Responsible Hosting page contains an overview of these rules and if you should have further questions, you should contact your local authority.

How can I get more involved as a home sharer?
Home sharers from across the United Kingdom have come together to create Home Sharing Clubs to bond with a community of passionate home sharers who are keen to connect with one another. It’s also a way to advocate for fair and clear regulations for local home sharers. Learn more here.

Where can I find more information?
The latest information on home sharing across the UK will be shared right here on Airbnb Citizen. You can also ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.