Is it really worth doing Airbnb with our spare room?


Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

This week’s question:

We’ve a spare double bedroom in our central(ish) Bristol house, and are thinking of doing Airbnb for the first time – probably at £40-£45 a night. Some people say it’s too much hassle. What are the top tips for making it work, and what are the downsides?

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