As a Host, if you take a booking that is 7+ days, find out specifically why they are coming to your town or city.
If they’re relocating then DO NOT be surprised when they look to shorten a long term booking as they’ve found more permanent lodging. It was always going to be the natural result.
It’s your fault for not understanding their plans and communicating in a personal way.
Instead, once you discover they are a relocation Guest (single, couple or family), be proactive and talk them down to a maximum of 10 days (so your listing stays available) and as needed EXTEND the reservation for them, if you don’t have a follow up booking.
It puts you in the honest and supportive drivers seat rather than reacting to a cancellation request where everyone feels put out. You can really help them by explaining how the real estate market behaves locally too. 🏘
I’ve literally made friends with a knight’s table full of great people moving to Melbourne with this approach (developed over experience) where I managed expectations firmly for both parties.
It may seem overly prescriptive but it works. I hope that helps my other fine Airbnb Hosts make the right plan in the future.