Airbnb Not Paying Host After Guests Stayed One Week

My story is very sad and hopefully can help other hosts and guests to make an informed decision if using Airbnb’s services. I hosted a family of four people in my flat, and after they stayed for one week and I did not receive any payment, the day of checkout, I contacted Airbnb who told me my payment was on the way and would be in the bank within 24 hours. Reassured from this, I let my guests leave the flat without paying.

Obviously the money did not arrive and nobody from Airbnb contacted me any further in regards to it. After creating a new case with customer support, I was told that I had some debt on my account for roughly 800 Euros and that’s why I did not receive the payment. The debt of 800 Euros obviously was disputed three years ago, when Airbnb sent me the money and allowed a customer to cancel a strict reservation asking for the refund of the amount that obviously I never paid.

Being particularly upset with Airbnb, my guest who stayed for six days and effectively not being paid, I decided to go to to small claims court with my guest since the Airbnb contract is void due to the lack of payment. What I have learned is Airbnb support was completely useless after three weeks waiting for the money they just pointed to their terms and conditions. Airbnb is an intermediary and fails in their role; this makes the implicit contract between hosts and guests valid.

As a guest I would think twice before using Airbnb in the future, knowing that host could still take me to court since Airbnb’s terms and conditions is not a legal contract, but just a policy that Airbnb uses to do business ignoring local laws. Once I will succeed in this case, I will then take them to small claims court for recovering the resulting damages for failing in the intermediary role and all the fake advertising that they are doing in UK. An agent who took the money and did not pay the host is a scammer, not an estate agent.

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  1. Due to Covid 19 my April guests cancelled. They told me they were refunded but oddly I still received payment.

    Airbnb deducted the previous overpayment out of my June 2020 earnings then started paying as usual.

    Sounds like this may have happened to you too

  2. Same thing is happening to us. We hosting two group back to back but haven’t received any payout yet. 1 of the transaction has been over a month and another almost 3 weeks. Contacted Airbnb customer service and support team over 5 times but no solutions yet.
    Could you please keep us updated and advise. Thank you!

  3. Sounds to me like your guests did pay but you got nothing because you were in default to Airbnb. Nothing to do with your houseguests.

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