Wednesday 28 September 2016

'We're making up to €1,500 a month'

Published 15/07/2016 | 02:30

Ed Smith in his apartment in Donnybrook which he rents out on AirbnB. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
Ed Smith in his apartment in Donnybrook which he rents out on AirbnB. Picture credit: Damien Eagers

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Edward Smith and his boyfriend Muiris decided to supplement their income via AirBnB when their flatmate moved out of their Donnybrook apartment this year.

"We were nervous for sure, mainly because it would be complete strangers living there with us, but the AirBnB process is actually very reassuring.

"You can review the profile of the guest and refuse them with no comeback. Reviews are only posted if both parties do so. We have two cats, so we put that up on our profile, and we priced it cheaply to start because we had no reviews yet. That first month we made €700 but since then we're making €1,000-1,500 consistently every month."

Edward, an entrepreneur, is writing a book at the moment, to accompany his www.notesinwine.com website but he doesn't find the guests disruptive.

"Most are tourists, so they're out early and are only looking for the bed. We only had one complaint and that was about the cats but the person hadn't read our profile fully."

Irish Independent

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