Over the past few years, we rented apart or flat in Milano, and in Berlin by airbnb.com, in Vienna, and in Amsterdam via booking.com and stayed with family.
booking.com works in more corporate style, rents apart hotels,
airbnb.com is more personal, works more in human way, rents individial homes.
In both cases, there is almost everthing inside the rented home, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, tv, dishwasher, washing machine, internet modem.
In booking.com apart hotels, cabinets are empty.
In airbnb homes, it is more humane, more personal. The person who rents his/her home leaves personal items, full of refrigirator, boards full of dresses shoes of owner, books, notes, half used shanpoos, washing powders, half used cleaning supplies, even alcoholic drinks. You just put them aside to allocate some space for yourself.
Payment is done with credit card in advance. Marketing company keeps 25% of payment, and pays the remaining to the home owner after stay is completed.
Both companies ask your detailed personal information before reservation.
Booking.com apart hotel owners ask your passport photocopy. They ask you to sign a few papers, prior to key delivery. In airbnb, there is no paper registration. Everything is done before internet reservation. Taxation procedures are not clear. Booking.com works in more corporate style, so it is taxed in their home country, although they may use offshore accounts. Airbnb members are small home owners, so taxation of small home owners are not so feasible, since their annual income stay below specific quotas. However municipalities of Berlin, london, paris, newyork put a maximum 90-day per year rentable day limilation' in order to levelize with normal taxable real estate markets.
In foreign business metropols, you pay almost 100-200€ per night for hotel room for double bed and breakfast for one bedroom with bathroom.
Here you get a home, with one or two rooms, bathroom, kitchen with all utensils, and machines, library with books, internet modem for sure.
Upon arrival you have limited or even no regitration. There is no reception. A private person welcomes you, helps you to carry your luggage, delivers your key, gives you internet modem password, shows you how to use tv, kitchen equipments, answers your questions, shows you the nearest supermarket, then leaves. At the end of your stay, you are asked to leave the keys on the living room table, close the main gate and leave. You are expected to leave the house before 10:00 am in the morning.
Newcomer guests are expected to arrive later than 14:00pm, better if after 17:00pm. In between, the owner or a hired cleaning person, cleans the house, cleans the fridge, bathroom, changes bed linings, cleans garbage, makes the home clean and ready for the newcomer family.
We experienced airbnb application, in Moscow, where a young entrepreneure rented a room at the center of the city, in his grandparents house. A retired old grandmother and grandfather hosted the foreign guests in their spare empty romm at the back. If you can not speak Russian, you can only exchange friendly similes during your stay. You can get a Russian breakfast if you pay a small premium.
In Newyork, we experiences another case. A young Chinese American real estate agent hired the couche at his hall for the guests.
The guests are to share kitchen and bathroom with the owner during their stay.
In Berlin, there are DW reports that even balconies are rented during summer time.
In our country, booking.com is forbidden due to taxation purposes, however airbnb is free since it works in smalł size family business in smalł earning not to worth to tax.
There are local internet pages working in the same home rent business for short stays.
However these locations may be used for illegal purposes beyond original intentions.
For many years, There are summer rental houses in Prince islands in istanbul. These were independent apartments, villas, houses rental weekly or monthly during summer period, all established with mutual negotiation for years, without any need for internet.
Now airbnb covers this market and invites international guests to Prince islands.
Guests come and stay for short period, then they like the place, return in winter time when real estate prices are lower at more reasonable levels, buy a new house.
They refurbish the house, paint interior, change floor, install naturalgas piping for heating, make the house livable for whole year. Western people, Russian families in majority due to Prinkipo island's orthodox christian heritage, come more every year. We see them in ferry port waiting for sea transportation.
This summer, an old empty house was refurbished, renewed and rented to a Russian family of four, young father- mother- 3-year old small child and old grand daddy. We exchange 1-2 word kind greetings in the morning with Comrade Russian grand daddy. Next year we expect more short term summer rentals nearby for international guests.
In Prinkipo island, between 10-18 hours daytime we have rich Middle eastern families, on their daily mission to the island, touring the Prinkipo island on horse carts (pheitons), having lunch at restaurants, eating icecream.
They watch Turkish pop-opera tv series, which take place in rich mansions of Prinkipo island, an example for their lifestyle. They wish to visit during their stay in istanbul.
They inspect the environment in huge numbers everday.
But the local life norms are not in line with their life norms at their home countries, so they return without thinking to settle here.
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prinkipo, July 18, 2018