Airbnb Age Limit

Airbnb age limit has been a hot topic among guests and hosts for years, but Airbnb considers it as discrimination.

The Airbnb discrimination guidelines state “Airbnb hosts may not impose any different terms, conditions or decline a reservation based on the age or any other status of the guest, where prohibited by law.”

Is there a minimum required age for someone to rent on Airbnb?

Yes, Airbnb terms and policies state the user must be a minimum of 18 years old.

This means that someone who is under 18 years cannot book a stay for themselves, or be the solo traveller. 

Of course, parents can travel with children, but someone in the party must be an adult

Does Airbnb check age?

Airbnb requires all users (guests and hosts) to undergo an ID verification process before they are permitted to book or list a property.

Airbnb ID verification doesn’t only happen at the time of account creation, and you may be required to provide ID proof for any of these two reasons:

  • Hosts may set a requirement for guests to provide a valid government ID to book the property.
  • They may periodically ask you for additional verification to confirm that it is you who is logging into Airbnb.

I am a host, can I set a minimum age requirement?

No, there’s no option in Airbnb to set the minimum age of guests who can book your property.

In my experience, how well a guest behaves has nothing to do with age and everything to do with life experience. A good guest had stayed in other’s homes before, whether with their parents or as adults or had a good upbringing.

To avoid bad guests, check their past reviews, ask why they’re using Airbnb – where they’ve travelled. 

Can an Airbnb host ask for ID?

Yes but only if the local laws in that area require it.

For example, in some European countries such as Germany and Portugal, a business must provide the identity information all guests staying in the property – this applies not just to Airbnb guests but all lodging businesses such as hotels, guest houses, camping grounds.

The most common information to be provided is:

  • Full last name and first name
  • Home address
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
You can refuse to provide this information if the local law does not require it and contact Airbnb if the host still insists.

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