How does Airbnb handle security deposits?
If a host requires a security deposit, the guest doesn’t pay the deposit when they make the reservation. Instead, the guest will be charged if a host makes a claim on their security deposit. Learn how to add a security deposit
How it works
All security deposits are paid through Airbnb. A host can request some or all of the security deposit within 14 days of when the guest checks out or before a new guest checks in, whichever happens first.
Security deposits aren’t collected automatically. A host uses the Resolution Center to upload documentation of the damages (like photos or receipts), and request money from their guest to fix those damages. Hosts and guests can work out the details on their own, or they can choose to involve Airbnb. Learn more about collecting security deposits
Note: All payments, including security deposits, should always be made through Airbnb. Don’t ever exchange money with a host or guest outside of the Airbnb website. Learn more requests for offsite payments