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  • Writer's pictureOleg Lisitsyn

Maximizing Profits: How Short-Term Rentals Can Outperform Traditional Leasing

The real estate industry has witnessed a seismic shift over the past decade with the rise of short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO, and As property owners, the decision between opting for short-term rentals versus traditional leasing can be pivotal. In this post, we'll delve into the ways in which short-term rentals can potentially rake in higher profits compared to

traditional long-term leasing.

1. Dynamic Pricing:

  • Short-term rentals: Property owners have the flexibility to change pricing based on demand, local events, or seasonality. This dynamic pricing model can capitalize on high-demand periods, thereby significantly boosting income.

  • Traditional leasing: Fixed monthly rent is the norm, which means landlords might miss out on potential higher earnings during peak seasons or events.

2. Increased Revenue through Turnover:

  • Short-term rentals: While it requires more management, having multiple guests throughout the month can often result in higher cumulative income than a fixed monthly rent.

  • Traditional leasing: One tenant, one fixed income stream.

3. Opportunities for Ancillary Income:

  • Short-term rentals: Property owners can offer additional services or amenities for a fee, such as laundry, airport pickups, local tours, or breakfast options.

  • Traditional leasing: Income is generally limited to the rent payment, with less scope for additional revenue streams.

4. Tax Deductions and Benefits:

  • Short-term rentals: Frequent maintenance and upgrades for guest comfort can lead to potential tax write-offs related to business expenses.

  • Traditional leasing: While deductions are possible, they might be less frequent than with short-term rentals.

5. Property Maintenance:

  • Short-term rentals: Regular check-ins and cleanings can mean the property is kept in optimal condition, preserving (or even increasing) the property's value over time.

  • Traditional leasing: Depending on the tenant, wear and tear can be significant over the lease term, potentially depreciating property value.

However, it's crucial to understand that short-term rentals are not without their challenges:

Management Intensity:

The high turnover of guests means more hands-on management, from handling reservations to ensuring regular cleanings.

Regulations and Restrictions:

Some cities have imposed restrictions on short-term rentals, necessitating hosts to be aware of and compliant with local regulations.

Potential for Vacancies:

Unlike a steady tenant, short-term rentals can face off-peak seasons where occupancy can dip.


While the potential for higher profits with short-term rentals is tangible, it's essential for property owners to weigh the benefits against the challenges. It may also be worthwhile to consider hybrid models, where properties can be leased traditionally but turned into short-term rentals during peak seasons. As with all investments, it's about understanding the landscape, being adaptable, and making informed decisions.

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