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Expected to Clean a Guest’s Blood After Stay

I hosted a mother and daughter at my apartment in Sydney February 17th-20th, 2017 for the entire home. I returned to the apartment upon check out and went to change the bed as is my usual practice after guests. I noticed my sheets were missing. After twenty minutes of searching I found them scrunched up at […]

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Host and Guest Come to Agreement, Customer Service Disagrees

I am a longtime Airbnb host. A guest failed to notify us of a leaking radiator for over a month. By the time we were aware of the problem, it had ruined the kitchen floor and required a $3100 repair. We were eventually able to work out a fair and amicable resolution with the guest, […]

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Host Didn’t Respond Correctly and Won’t Give Refund

We booked an apartment on the morning of April 12th after having confirmed with the host for an early check-in time as was allowed in the Airbnb rules. The host confirmed and said it was fine. We left the previous apartment where we had been staying and reached the given address. Then we contacted the host […]

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Drug Traffickers use Airbnb Hosts’ Addresses

My last guest was using a name that was not his real name. How he can use a different name from the verified one? He also didn’t have a picture on his profile, but he had mostly good reviews. He booked for two nights. He arrived late the first night and early the next day I had […]

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Apartment Trashed, Airbnb Closes Case After 24 Hours

My guests came, held a party, and trashed my place, causing thousands of pounds of damage to the furniture and fittings. I was made redundant last year, and I rented out my apartment as I could not sustain the cost. The previous tenant moved out on February 24th, 2017, and the new tenant took up […]

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Airbnb is Collecting my Taxes and Not Paying Them

I was surprised to see a letter from The Department of Revenue of Pennsylvania only to open it and find out Airbnb has not paid the occupancy taxes. However, they have been collecting the money from my guests for over 16 months. They state of Pennsylvania is looking for the last five quarters of taxes from […]

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Even Resetting Airbnb Password is a Nightmare

I have tried for months to get Airbnb to reply to my question on how to access my account. The password I used to create my account does not work. When I go through the help steps to request a new password or reset my password, I receive an email to reset my password, but […]

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Airbnb Cares about the Guests, but not the Hosts

I received an extremely bad, fabricated review in retaliation from a guest who I reported to Airbnb because she had additional people staying in my apartment for whom she did not register or pay. Although our email correspondence on the Airbnb website clearly showed that the woman had additional guests, Airbnb awarded me a minimal and […]

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Airbnb Customer Service Trusts Guests over Hosts

An Airbnb guest booked my apartment for one person over a period of three weeks. I learned that she actually had two additional guests staying with her when I visited her at the apartment on her last week. I told her she would have to revise the request and pay for the additional guests. She […]

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Smoke and Mirrors: Guest’s Performance Art Scam

The reservation was for two people. On Wednesday, March 8th, our guest arrived with her mother (who had a black eye), two dogs, and a cat. We expect people to tell us in advance that they are traveling with a pet. They just showed up this way. Who does that? Because of the black eye, I […]

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Airbnb Subcontractors Promise More Than They Can Deliver

Have you noticed there are some companies that will book your Airbnb property and guests for you? Steer clear: they help Airbnb by keeping you from getting paid and getting guests to rent a lousy place to stay. This comes from both ends of the spectrum – host hell and guest hell – where a third party […]

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Guests Book Airbnb for their Dirty Laundry, Full Refund

A woman and her spouse booked my room for a night. They came over and everything was cordial. I greeted them, gave them the tour and left them to it. The woman had asked if she could use the washer and dryer. I said yes, so they brought in loads of clothes. That was still […]

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Airbnb: Easy for Guests, Frustrating for Hosts

As a host, Airbnb is not easy to deal with. If you have just one listing, it will take you a while to negotiate the system. Misunderstandings between lovely guests and yourself will make the experience barely worth the effort. I am a travel agent by trade. However, I have an Airbnb account and have tried […]

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Hosts Beware: Airbnb Will Not Cover Property Damage

In March of 2017, I had an Airbnb booking from a person I will call CR. This person experienced some bad weather and a power outage beyond my control. When I had the home cleaned after CR’s stay, my cleaner found that they had damaged my pristine glass-top stove. When I confronted CR about the […]

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Does Anyone Deserve to be Blacklisted on Airbnb?

I’ve tried appealing my apparent lifetime blacklisted status with Airbnb. I’ve never actually rented from or hosted for anyone through Airbnb. However, in August 2016 I tried Airbnb out as a host in order to make some extra money like so many have. I set very specific dates so I probably wasn’t part of an […]

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Airbnb Rating System Deceives Guests and Hosts

We’ve been hosting on Airbnb for six years. However, we easily went from being Superhosts to “your account might be suspended.” Why, you ask? A couple of malicious reviews and Airbnb’s rating system, which is not averaged. Because we had so many guests, we were unable to keep track of individual reviews and when we […]

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Impossible to Speak to an Airbnb Decision-maker

Airbnb has insufficient customer service: everything is automated, and the staff has changed from the US to an overseas call centre where nobody has any authority to handle anything but straightforward cases. There is no email address, no complaints department, and no phone numbers a robot company with incompetent employees. There are two issues with this […]

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The Tables have Turned: Hosts Rating Airbnb

On March 10th 2017, I happened to check my account on Airbnb and found that my response rating had been reduced from 100% to 50%. No prior warning was provided. It appears that I had not responded to Airbnb inquiries, but I had not received any. I set about trying to make contact with Airbnb, […]

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Airbnb Account Locked without Warning or Notice

On February 8th I noticed I couldn’t log in to Airbnb. It said my account had been locked and I should send an email to account.inquiry@airbnb.com. That’s what I did because I wanted to know what happened. We’ve been on Airbnb for seven years, and hosted for 3-4 years with 4- and 5-star reviews and more […]

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Bad Airbnb Guest Invites all her Friends to Stay

I had a guest who stayed at my place for two months. In summary, she violated Airbnb policy many times by bringing many guests, including her boyfriend and more male friends. I clearly told her to stop (except once for her boyfriend) when she asked whether it was possible, but this girl keep pulling it […]

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Airbnb Property Pictures in Mallorca Used by Scammers

I am a property owner in Mallorca and it has come to my attention about two months ago that my photos have been duplicated and are being used by another host on a scam listing. I do not know this host and I have not given him permission to list my property anywhere. In the comment […]

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Airbnb Refuses to Pay Host Protection Insurance for Stolen TV

I am a new Airbnb host. I started listing my property on December 1st, 2016. The first 45 days were ok: the guests were friendly, and using Airbnb helped me earn some money. However, on the eighteenth of January, 2017, everything changed. One guest stole my $600 TV. He checked in at 11:30 AM. At that time, the […]

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Listed on Airbnb without my Knowledge or Permission

This is under “host stories” but I was actually an unwilling host. A woman named Richelle rented an apartment in Vancouver from me on a 12-month lease ostensibly for herself to live in, under an ordinary tenancy agreement. However, I soon discovered she had it listed on Airbnb (and Craigslist) as a “luxury apartment”, charging […]

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Thrown Off Airbnb After 6 Years, 728 stays, and 400 Five-Star Reviews

After six years it saddens me to say we were thrown off Airbnb without even a phone call -just a email and all future bookings refunded to the guests. We were erased like we never even existed. They say we broke the rules of not allowing four single men to rent our two bedroom with […]

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Swindled by Airbnb for London Holiday Stay

On October 14th, 2016 I made a reservation through Airbnb for a two-bedroom apartment for myself, my wife, and our three kids – two boys and one girl. The address featured on the Airbnb website was in Earl’s Court in London. This reservation was between December 24th, 2016 to January 3rd, 2017. I made a […]

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  1. Sooo….my husband and I rent a condo out through Airbnb in southern california and in the past month we have had terrible guests. These people have stolen things off the wall, they’ve stolen brand new sheets and towels. The worst is probably the people who’ve left garbage strewn around the entire condo, and then to top it off in the bathroom they dedicated on the floor next to the toilet. Perhaps they didn’t want use the toilet they had covered in layers of vomit. I’m totally disgusted by people and really don’t want to rent out through Airbnb anymore-

  2. Christine – It’s not BnB fault you had terrible guests. I hope you lodged a complaint with BnB within 48 hours to cover the costs of the clean up and stolen items.

    If you decide to stay with BnB – then only take verified guests with host references and make sure you have clear discussions with them to find out more about them and their plans before accepting a booking

  3. Had an issue and needed to cancell my host statues. Computer problem so called into help desk. They refused to help or cancell my account . So I am going to have unwanted guest show up.

  4. Arbnb is not going to pay for anything. They may get the guests to pay, but they are not going to honor their policy. They have no morales in my experience.

  5. have been waiting a week for airbnb to unlock my disabled account no one is calling finally called them again rep said escalate call i said no i am getting nothing I am on hold right now I have just gotten another email escalating the call what a waste of time never in my life experienced such poor customer service

    • We have been “disabled” since December 12, 2016. We call & email daily with no response from trust & safety. Airbnb made our listing active for 1 day January 8, so we could leave a review. The following day the listing was disabled again. That reservation was made prior to December 12 & Airbnb was able to give me the contact # for the guest to communicate with them. Payments for 2 different stays have not been released. We were booked almost every weekend & some into the week.

  6. I not get payed
    had reservation for 60 days
    first month received money
    after creditcard crashed
    airbnb told me , they charge in2 stages
    ,..result up to me MY problem

    security keys gone and more ( tendand turnd nightly away)
    airbnb have a deposit for my room rented
    Bullshit !!!
    they never charge a deposit frm card
    i mke a claim
    no result
    and i am sure the result is : pay by your self

    i do not do any rental over 2 peridos more weith airbnb
    i do not let a guest in same day ..min 3 day advance booking for creditcard ok

    and i charge deposit at sight…if customer refuse ,easy can gohome again

    bcs a non existing deposit is none for me

    ahh airbnb told me deposits are not for peoplenot oaying rent , they only for damages
    but what
    they even not charge the deposit

  7. I have an open dispute with one of my guests. I want to write a review letting others know how horrible this guest was, but at the same time, I don’t want a negative response on my end. This kid dented my stainless steel fridge in two spots, clogged the toilet, puked on the bathroom floor, burned my bamboo chopping block, ate all my food, food and drinks all over the counters and floor, etc. In your experience (you reading) is it better to not write that review in fear of retaliation? I have perfect 5 stars and want to keep it that way. Also, I sent this dispute in a week ago and haven’t heard back from Airbnb. How long does this usually take?

  8. Make a claim with the American Arbitration Association. It costs Airbnb $3200 if you file a claim. They might just pay you instead of having to pay the fees.

  9. I have the worst experience in hosting my house.

    The guest name is Fernando, staying from 10 Jan-14 Feb 2017 in the house titled “Cheap and clean house in Bekasi, Bintara”

    I’m really upset about his behavior, his irresponsible act to throw a lot of tissues into my toilet till it was clogged. I spent Rp 350k for that and I decided to just let it be my cost.
    Second, he doesn’t put any effort to keep the house clean. Everything has always been messed out, all his clothes are scattered around the floor, and his hair after shaving is everywhere on the floor. He left the house in a condition where all my appliances ON, which is very dangerous. Can you imagine if there is any short circuit that can cause fire ignition?

    I have always asked for his permission whenever there’s a regular check and he said it is a snooping. It’s normal to have a regular check in my own house otherwise he would have broken all my stuffs.

    I do respect him as a guest in my country, but I don’t think he does the same to me. He has known from the beginning that my neighborhoods are majority muslim, and he didn’t seem to respect that.
    Last thing, I just can’t tolerate he brought a woman to have a sex with. Though there wasn’t any stated rule that prohibit adultery on my listing rules, it is an obvious covenant for muslim to never allow adultery happen in any way!!!! This isn’t a hotel, this is my house and It is STRICTLY PROHIBITED for adultery happened in my house and around that neighborhood!!!!
    And he should have known it because I have told him since the very beginning that the neighborhoods are majority muslim, and he definitely knows that muslims are prohibited to let adultery happen, but he just didn’t abide by the covenant!

    I have always tried to put my best to serve him as my guest. I’ve tried to fix anything he has complained, I’ve tried to fulfill his requests, and I’ve definitely asked for his permission when my family goes there to have a regular check. We’ve always emptied his trashes and cleaned the house.

    I apologize for this situation, but bringing a woman in the house is truly crossing the line.
    I have a lot of friends from US and all other parts in the worlds as my business partners, and this is truly the first disappointing experience for me. He is my first and my last guest because I’ve unlisted all my houses in Airbnb.

    And now, he is requesting for refund because the security chased that ‘illegal’ woman out of my house after his staying period are almost over!!!!

    After all he has done to my house, that’s really out of my sanity.

    I’m trying to call Airbnb call center in US, Malaysia and SG for so many times. I hang on the phone till 10 minutes and there isn’t any answer! It is so frustrating to have never reach Airbnb CS for resolving such problems!

    Kindly solve this please! Thanks.

  10. Perhaps AirBnB could let us see the Full Name of the guest. Then I could easily look them up in any of the social or business media. Since AirBnB users are mostly the millennials they are bound to have some internet footprint. I cancelled a guest reservation after my internet search found he was arrested recently for drug related activities.

  11. Airbnb disable my account and cancel all my upcoming rentals 21 to be exact of a total amount of 46.302$. Can someone tell me why or may help me? when i call airbnb they say thats are some technical issues and they will get bak to me. thats 2 weeks ago and I’m calling then every day for updates! horrible situation!!!

  12. I have 2 listings which have apparently been disabled by airhell, though guests can see them. But when I approve, they are told by airhell they can’t book it. One of he guests told me they were offered USD 100.= to book elsewhere without explanation. What total morons run this organisation ? They are secretive, and offer no support for hosts. Thank God for the likes of booking.com, agoda, expedia etc.

  13. We just recently learned that airbnb does NOT average the star ratings.
    All they consider is the Overall Rating.
    So if a guest gives you a 3 star overall rating because they compare your accommodation with The Hilton for 5 *****, Radisson for 4**** and Holliday Inn for 3***
    It really doesn’t matter that the host gave you 5***** for cleanliness
    5***** for communication
    5***** for value
    5***** for accuracy
    5***** location
    5 ***** arrival
    All airbnb will give you as a rating is the 3*** overall rating which is extremely confusing to the guests who do not associate 5***** accommodations with YELP but with the 60 year old 5***** ratings started by Forbes for hotels.
    All along we thought we were doing great since we were usually receiving 4-7 five ***** out of the 7.
    And yet because they don’t average it, our star rating stays below 4.4…

  14. As a host I always feel like I’m held as a hostage for a good review…Recently I came up with an idea how to avoid it: if you feel the bad review is coming, just cancel a day or two prior for a bad guest check out…

  15. A guest requested that I cancel their 1-night booking more than 24 hours prior to their arrival date.

    The guest initiated the cancellation request, and Airbnb sent me an automated request email which I immediately actioned.

    24 hours later my listing was suspended due to the cancellation, and my annual cancellation stats have now fallen below 90% as a consequence.

    This is the SECOND time in the past year that a guest-initiated cancellation request has resulted in ME being penalised, and I have now received a message informing me that a third cancellation will result in the termination of my listing.

    Why am *I* being penalised for reasonable cancellation requests initiated by my guests?

  16. BEWARE! VILLA WHITNEY SAMUI (Lamai beach, private pool) in Koh Samui, Thailand has serious issues. It sounds great on Airbnb, but not so great in person. I rented it for a week but left after 3 hours due to an overpowering mold/mildew odor that was making me feel ill. The sofas in the living room were so soiled and stained that I would not sit on them and parts of the kitchen needed more that a deep cleaning. The internet did not work either. A serious disappointment and Paul Neon, the owner located in Moscow Russia, will not issue a refund despite his misrepresentations. He stopped responding to me in fact. Paul Neon is not to be trusted. @Airbnb @PaulNeon @Paulneon.com @travelyllc @reverbnation

  17. As a host I always feel like I’m held as a hostage for a good review…Recently I came up with an idea how to avoid it: if you feel the bad review is coming, just cancel a day or two prior for a bad guest check out…

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