COOPERSTOWN – As the Baseball Hall of Fame and Cooperstown community prepare for what’s expected to be one of the largest induction weekend turnouts ever, you could cash in on the need for guest accommodations by becoming an Airbrb host.
WKTV reached out to Airbrb Wednesday afternoon and learned it could be lucrative to rentyou’re your home – even if it is just for one weekend.
Airbnb says the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame induction weekend, scheduled for July 24-27, has already led to $200,000 in revenue for hosts in Cooperstown. That doesn’t take into account homeowners whole live outside of the village and have rented space for the weekend.
Airbnb says you can rent out your whole house or just one room - and you set the price.
“Whether or not you want to list a private room in your home - while you know you're going to be in your home - list a bedroom in your house, you can do that as a private room listing. Or, if you have an entire space, like a separate apartment within your home or if you're going away for the weekend and you want to make your entire home available to a guest, you can list that as well,” says Liz DeBold Fusco, Airbrb Public Policy & Communications.
Debold Fusco adds “Hosts keep 97 percent of their listing price. In addition, in Otsego County, we actually have a voluntary tax agreement. We reached an agreement with the county so we can directly collect and remit taxes from guests on behalf of our hosts and remit it to the county… so hosts don't even have to worry about that.”
According to Airbnb, 19,400 people used the company for guest accommodations in Otsego County in 2019, spending $3.6 million.
Airbnb received the remaining three percent of the list price.
To become a host, go to the Airbnb website and click “Become a Host.”