During the last few years many Portuguese owners of apartments and houses have discovered the opportunity of making some money from their properties by renting them for short and medium seasons. An option that has become more profitable with the popularization of Portugal as a tourist destination and immigration. However, the work of hosting people is more stressful than it seems and involves numerous processes and care that peope usually don't think when they enter this business.
According to a study from Turismo de Portugal website from the beginning of 2019, there are an average of 7 owners giving up this bussiness every day due to issues related to total availability, stress, careless guests, claims and other "hassles" that this routine involves. Another crucial point in the host vs. guest relationship is the reviews. This appraisal text has now become a weapon that customers have, sometimes against others in favor of companies, who subject themselves to extreme circumstances to achieve high marks and a good reputation.
Inspired by Carlos Torres's chronicle for the Sábado Magazine "Bastidores" column, we from Home With a View, as local accomodation experts, decided to discuss more about the topic and present some of the negative points of managing real estate and receiving people because it's not as easy as it seems.