But at one Airbnb in Japan, the owner discarded all the rules when he made a rather unusual request.
Iranian American artist Ali Sabet was staying at a property in Tokyo when his host messaged him from Canada asking him to paint “something little on his walls.”
It transpires that the Airbnb host was a fan of the Californian artist.
“In exchange,” Sabet explains, “he would refund my stay and I would be able to stay at his home whenever I visited Tokyo.
“I was truly honored. So I left a little love behind!”
He states that painting on the walls of the tiny home in Shibuya, Tokyo “was a dream”.
“Being able to use traditional Japanese mediums on the walls worked perfectly,” he said.
Watch the video below of Sabet painting the mural.