Nearly 40% of survey respondents said they would happily rent
someone's home for a vacation stay, citing the "cozy comforts,"
affordability compared with a hotel, and the prospect of living larger
When it comes to letting a stranger sleep in their beds,
however, respondents weren't so eager, according to a phone survey of
1,000 adults conducted for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.
20% said they'd rent out their primary residence. A mere 13% said
they'd rent using an online site as the vehicle by which to find
lodgers. Having a friend or relative vouch for potential guests brought
the willingness rate to 60%. And more than half said they'd trust "an
extensive background check" to vet short-term renters.
fears: fire caused by candles left burning; damage from wild parties;
and having their valuables pilfered or broken.
percent worried about guests leaving bedbugs behind. And more than half
were creeped out at the notion of someone sleeping in their bed.
recently rented out my house for three nights to strangers (Australian
friends of friends of friends). I didn't even meet them - just left the
keys and came back when they were gone. They were happy. I was happy.
Readers, have you tried this at home? Or in someone else's home? How did it work out?