Leny here, (most people know me by leny nick, mine whole name is Vladimir Leninger). Mine listings are on airbnb www.airbnb.com/rooms/1661001 I'm of course inviting you all to visit me.
I'm trying to make it a whole time bussines - turning something that I'm very passionate about to job. This past 2 years were quite hectic, I have learned much but there is still loads to learn. I have got quite much from old "new host forum" and I'm willing to help new ones also.
Croatia is a country of most incredible nature and rich history. One very small country in middle of Europe with loads to see. We have raising tourism numbers but also a rich tourism history - people have had traditionaly recived guest in their homes for years before having airbnb as service. They would just go to train station with billboards offering their places.
Post by High Priestess on Feb 12, 2016 16:09:04 GMT
Hi Leny Welcome to this new site for New Hosts Forum!
I did have the impression that in many places in Europe, it has been traditional for a long time to take in guests and travelers. I would like to learn more about that actually because I think the fact that this has gone on for so long, and is a long tradition in many areas, is a good argument to make in favor of home sharing in places where city governments are wondering whether to allow it, or how to allow it.
I have never been to Croatia but the region is quite interesting to me as I have Slavic ancestry from Eastern Europe -- my Mother is from the Slovak Republic, a country I've wanted to visit for quite some time but have not made it there yet!
As for Croatia, that is something that I wanted to write because lots of times guests come and say how great thing is Airbnb for travelers. In costal parts of Croatia renting like this is traditional and regulated by law. People are doing it for generations. Some even move during summer season to their garages and rent their homes. As airbnb is good service but sometimes I cant stop thinking that people would come anyway and that we both would be better without their 20% or smth. provision. We have very complicated laws down here and I don't see efford from company to help us. For instance we small renters pay tax on yearly base per bed. If we recive tourists from our own advertising we don't have to pay any additional tax. Also if we sell to tourist agency that adds their commision. But if we sell to agency that takes their commision we have to pay VAT on that commision. To pay VAT you have to go trought special procedure (quite costly). And then airbnb charges 2 commision one on our price and other from our price... So I should fill in all papers and pay a 10$ transaction fee to pay VAT on their 3% commision from mine price