Tiny Houses as Airbnb Rentals

Tiny Houses as Airbnb Rentals

Is a tiny house Airbnb a wise choice? Let’s take a look! Long gone are the days when people want to stay in a hotel with noisy neighbors, elevators, and very little privacy. Airbnb has become the new way to stay when seeking a vacation or even a long-term place for out-of-town work. A tiny house Airbnb is a terrific investment because of the affordable purchase price, high demand, and low start-up costs. 

Other than the standard rental, unique spaces on Airbnb’s website are campers, school buses transformed into RVs, treehouses, tiny houses, and more!

Here is everything you need to know about owning a Tiny House as an Airbnb or host share rental.


There are several aspects to determining the price of a tiny house. Aside from the initial purchase price, insurance, energy costs, maintenance, and customizations are all things to consider. Working with the builder to confirm that they use energy-efficient materials such as SIP Paneling will help keep monthly utility costs lower.

On average, purchasing a tiny house is 87% cheaper percent cheaper than a traditional home.

Legal Entity

To protect the tiny house Airbnb investment, it is essential to create a legal business or limited liability company (LLC). These options lessen the owner’s chances of becoming personally liable and vulnerable to potential lawsuits.

Other options are a business bank account to keep funds separate from a personal account, insurance, and business taxes and accounting.

Tiny House Rental Types

Stationary Tiny House 

A stationary tiny home is a perfect option for investors who already own land. If the land is part of a community check for amenities like clubhouses, swimming pools, or gardens that guests would appreciate.

Other ideal places to plant your stationary tiny include near popular attractions, especially national parks, or near a beautiful natural landscape.

Legislations and Restrictions

Before investing in a tiny house, Airbnb, it is critical to understand the zoning laws for your specific state and city. Some states require additional fees for short-term rentals, and others have restrictions on if a rental or business can be placed on private land.

Here’s How Much Money you can make from an Airbnb Tiny House Rental

What is Airbnb Smart Pricing?

Airbnb Smart Pricing is a tool on the Airbnb website that collects and analyzes data about demand and supply, tourist activity, similar listings, and trends. This handy tool provides a suggested price for hosts or investors to determine their nightly rental cost.

Determine the nightly rental cost for your Airbnb:

The Airbnb Smart pricing tool is a great place to start. The bare minimum for determining the nightly rental cost would be to add up the mortgage, utilities, cleaning fees, etc., and divide by 30 days to see the lowest nightly rate. Just ensure that the items below are being added in and check out comparables to see if the calculation seems right.

  • Basics: Items such as towels, sheets (plus the cost of laundering them), or extra toilet paper are basics that hotels offer and have become standard, even in an Airbnb or host share.
  • Amenities: If extras such as beverages, snacks, and candy will be provided, the host will need to replenish them before each guest’s arrival. 
  • Weekday vs Weekend / Season Pricing: Most rentals charge more during weekends and peak seasons, so adjust your pricing depending on demand.
  • Service Fee: With each rental, Airbnb charges a 3% fee of the total rental (sometimes more, depending on the full rate). Read the entire policy here.
  • Security deposit: Decide what amount the customers will pay the homeowner to cover any damages.
  • Guest reservation fee: Guests are charged a service fee of 6-12% when they reserve their tiny house.
  • Cancellation Fee: This is especially important when considering that last-minute cancellations can increase your vacancy rate and decrease that month’s profit.

Extras for your Tiny House Airbnb

Creating a memorable experience for renters is a great way to get a 5-star review or have them recommend the tiny house Airbnb to others. Some excellent ways to uplevel their experiences are:

  • Local Recommendations: Create a guide of things to do in the area. Best restaurants, close-by grocery stores, date places, family-friendly places, hikes, etc. This is a personal and memorable touch for guests that are unfamiliar with the area.
  • Streaming Services: Although Wifi is essential, streaming services like Netflix or Hulu are nice touches.
  • Coffee and Tea: Having a Keurig or coffee pot touches on the familiar comforts of home. Coffee pots or Keurigs toe the line between essential and extra, so make sure to have at least one coffee option.
  • Snacks and drinks: Everyone loves a little sweet treat! Some people might not make it to the store before visiting, so it’s a nice touch to have a little something to grab and nibble on when they get there.
  • Firewood: If there is a wood stove or fire pit in the tiny house, having already cut wood is a functional touch that adds to the aesthetic.
  • Games / Books: A small section of non-electronic activities is always appreciated, even if they don’t get used. The phrase ‘it’s the thought that counts,’ applies here.

How to Market Your Tiny House Airbnb

Tiny houses and unique places are popping up on Airbnb, so making the home stand out is essential! Here are some tips on what people look for in desirable places to rent:

  • Photos: Make sure the images are high-quality and capture the uniqueness of the property. Pictures should be clear and bright, with no blurry or dark photos. If you’re having trouble with images, see the below tip about working with influencers.
  • Description: Set the scene. Explain what is unique, what the views are, extras, and amenities you provide and include positive reviews.
  • Location: Provide information about nearby activities, grocery stores, attractions, etc. 
  • Name it: Give your rental a fun name to make it stand out.
  • Social Media Marketing: Create an Instagram or Facebook for the property. Instagram is best for showing off your themed interior, incredible scenic views, or anything visually pleasing about your rental. Pinterest is also great for visual marketing. Facebook, along with your website and Google Account, is your business’s online storefront- where people will find the basics of your rental- location, amenities, and the like.
  • Work with influencers: Collaborate with influencers (photographers, bloggers, and videographers), to get credited images (or even better, a blog post) in exchange for a free or discounted stay. Last-minute cancellations or off-seasons are ideal for influencer collaborations. Read more about what Airbnb has to say about influencer partnerships.

A tiny house Airbnb is one of several ways to make a profitable investment. The Airbnb website is a helpful third party that allows easy booking and is popular and accessible. Tiny homes and the nomadic lifestyle have never been more desirable.

A unique or themed tiny house makes it stand out from other rentals! We have solutions for all of your needs; contact us, and let’s get started today!

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